Noah Sykes is one of Perth's "cool" babies who owe their lives to new equipment at Princess Margaret Hospital that reduces the risk of brain damage after a premature birth.
The automated cooling system Medi-Therm was used to reduce swelling on his brain when he was born four months ago in an emergency caesarean.
After a perfect pregnancy with their third baby, Hillarys couple Claire and Mark Sykes knew something was wrong when Noah moved far less than usual, prompting a trip to Joondalup Health Campus for monitoring.
When delivered five weeks premature, Noah was deprived of oxygen for five minutes, which caused two seizures within hours.
Doctors immediately resuscitated Noah and cooled his body for a move to PMH's neonatal unit, where he was put on a special cooling mattress to bring his core body temperature down and reduce swelling on his brain.
The system keeps babies at risk of brain damage at 33.5C for 72 hours before being gradually warmed to a normal 36.5C. Bought with a PMH Foundation grant, it helped reduce most of the swelling on Noah's brain.
"I don't want to think what might have happened to our little baby if this equipment hadn't been available," Mrs Sykes said."Noah stayed at PMH for a week and he's now a perfectly healthy little boy, so we are incredibly grateful to both hospitals for their amazing support."