MILWAUKEE — A 2 1/2-year-old boy who wandered off on a bitterly cold day has been released from a hospital more than two months after he was admitted with a body temperature nearly 40 degrees below normal.
"He is in great spirits," Dr. Thomas Rice said as Michael Troche left Milwaukee Children's Hospital last week.
Rice, of the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit, said the boy had suffered nerve damage to the feet and hands so that he cannot walk or pick up small objects, but the toddler is to continue getting physical therapy and is expected to regain much of the use of his feet and hands.
"We don't know exactly what to expect" because of the rarity of Michael's case, Rice said. "But we have seen improvement . . . and expect to continue to see improvement."
20 Below Zero
Doctors said Michael's body core temperature had dropped to 60 degrees, compared with the normal temperature of 98.6, when he was found unconscious outside his home in 20-below-zero cold Jan. 19. The youngster had been outside for about three hours, doctors estimated.