Baby revived after not breathing for 20 minutes

A baby born in Harlow in Essex has survived despite not breathing for the first 23 minutes of her life.

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Baby brought "back to life" after 23 minutes not breathing

A baby girl has been brought back to life thanks to a consultant's decision to make one final attempt to revive her.

Beatrix Richards, from Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire, wasn't breathing when she was born, and hospital guidelines state resuscitation should stop after 20 minutes.

But the hospital doctor treating Beatrix was reminded of his own daughter and decided he just couldn't give up. Three minutes later she started breathing and she's now recovering at home with her parents and sister.

Click below to watch a report on little Beatrix from ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer

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Father of baby brought back to life: "The odds were stacked against her"

The father of the baby girl brought back to life thanks to a consultant's decision to have one more go at reviving her says they didn't realise how lucky they were.

Beatrix Richards, from Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire, was not breathing when she was born, and hospital guidelines state resuscitation should stop after 20 minutes. But the hospital doctor treating Beatrix was reminded of his own daughter and decided he just couldn't give up.

Beatrix's father Lloyd Richards said: "We didn't realise how lucky we were - the odds were stacked against her from the off. Miraculously she's pulled through."

Baby girl survives not breathing for 23 minutes

The family in hospital Credit: Richards family

A baby born in Harlow in Essex has survived despite not breathing for the first 23 minutes of her life.

Beatrix Richards had to be resuscitated, but just at the moment when guidelines recommend resuscitation ends, the consultant at the Princess Alexandra hospital, decided to give it one more go.

She started to breathe and now 8 weeks old is back home in Bishop's Stortford.

She still has a tiny bleed on her brain, caused by the lack of oxygen when she was born, the long-term implications of which are unknown, but the outlook is very good.

Beatrix Richards Credit: Richards family

The family are now fundraising for both the Princess Alexandra hospital in Essex and St Thomas's Hospital in London where she was transferred to at just a few hours old.

Beatrix now Credit: Richards family