Bradley County boys' core temperatures rose past 105
By Kate Harrison, Chattanooga Times Free Press - bio
BRADLEY COUNTY, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Paramedics, doctors and nurses "pulled out every trick they could
think of" in desperate attempts to cool two young brothers' bodies that
had reached or surpassed core temperatures of 105 degrees on June 28,
according to the Bradley County Medical Examiner's office.
But the dozens of medical staff surrounding 5-year-old Leland and
3-year-old River Bates, the CPR, the organ-stabilizing medications and
the gallons of cooling fluids pumped into the boys' bodies all were too
River was gone within 45 minutes after his mother's first call to 911
at 2:44 p.m. Family members say Leland was declared brain-dead that
Eric Blach, lead investigator with the medical examiner's office,
could not release the boys' exact core temperatures. He said the
hospitals that treated the boys recorded the temperatures, so the
information is confidential.
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