TORONTO (AP) -- Calling her recovery miraculous, doctors said Monday a 13-month-old girl who spent hours lying face down in the snow on a bitter winter night and whose body temperature plunged to about 60 degrees was now alert and making eye contact.
The baby, who has not been identified, was acting like any other one-year-old, said Dr. Allan De Caen, a pediatrician at the Stollery Children's Health Center in Edmonton, Alberta, where the child is recovering.
It seemed like "a greater being" was "on the little girl's side," he told a news conference. "It's somewhat humbling."
Frostbite is still a risk and in the next few weeks plastic surgeons will have to determine if some of the baby's toes and fingers will need to be amputated, De Caen said.
The toddler, clad only in a diaper, wandered from the home where she had been sleeping Friday night with her mother and two-year-old sister, and was found outside at 3 a.m. Saturday.
The child's 26-year-old mother, whose name was not released, found the girl lying face-down in the snow with her hands curled underneath her body.
The child's toes were frozen together and paramedics who responded to the mother's frantic call had trouble getting a breathing tube into the child's throat because her mouth was frozen shut.
The girl's heart had stopped beating for about two hours and her body temperature had dropped to 60.8 degrees. It was not known how long the child was exposed to subzero temperatures.
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