Have you met Emily Shanahan?

On July 13, 2010, Emily took ownership of a ChiliPad to help her regulate her body temperature at night. Prior to ChiliPad technology in her life, she was having skin problems because of the temperature of her body while she slept. Even in the winter months, Emily found herself overheating to an extreme degree.

She took ownership of another ChiliPad unit this July. Here’s what Emily and her family sent us in the mail:

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Such a sweet family! (The original picture had a much higher quality than this scanned version.)

Emily truly is an inspiration to us here at ChiliPad. If you have time, please please please watch her video. It will change the way you view your life. The link is right here:

http://www.tomsdigitalphotos.com/emily/emilysworld/

Now that she’s accomplished so much and is able to get some much-needed rest at night, Emily is ready to continue her life’s journey. She will be pursuing her Master’s Degree at Anderson University in Online Master of Arts in Christian Ministries with a concentration in Non-Profit Organization Management. She plans to develop a non-profit organization for the “differently enabled.”

To read more about Emily, visit her website: http://www.tomsdigitalphotos.com/emily/meetemily/

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Saving Newborn Lives: One cooling blanket at a time.

It’s not quite the ChiliPad, but the same concept behind the ChiliPad is used in hospitals to save newborns from brain damage.

Hold your breath and read this paragraph. One woman, Kalipay Acevedo, had a sudden placental abruption one month before her due date. This keeps oxygen and glucose from flowing into the baby’s brain, which leads to brain damage. The baby, Sianna Acevedo, couldn’t breathe for about 13 minutes. Take a deep breath. Assuming it took you 15 seconds to read that, imagine reading it 52 times before being able to breathe again. That’s how long Sianna was deprived of oxygen.

Now put your hand over your heart. An average adult’s heart beats at about 60-90 beats per minute. A newborn’s heart is expected to beat at 100-160 beats per minute. Baby Sianna’s heart was barely pumping at only 30 beats per minute.

Her life was on the line.

“I thought I lost her” said the mother.

They called in a priest to prepare for the worst.

As a final effort, she was quickly transferred by helicopter to the University of Florida. Neonatologist Dr.Weiss started a procedure called systematic hypothermia. Which is doctor slang for “put the baby on a cooling pad.” They cooled little baby Sianna’s body for 72 hours at 7 degrees below average body temperature.

(Photo by April Frawley-Birdwell/University of Florida)

Doctors are still looking for signs of brain damage, but none have appeared yet. Here’s the video so you can see for yourself how normal baby Sianna looks:

A very touching story indeed.

Melia

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