RWP (rhymeswithpork) wrote in little_details,
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HYPOTHERMIA IN CHILDREN

I'm writing a story wherein a young girl (age 10) falls in a river during the winter and develops hypothermia. I read on wikipedia that attempting to warm a hypothermia victim with your own body heat may result in your developing hypothermia. Is that true? I can't find confirmation.

Furthermore, I would like the person (age approx. 11) who tries to save the young girl to DIE of hypothermia and for the girl to recover. Could a pre-existing condition be exacerbated by the hypothermia?

Also, if it makes a difference, this would be in 1979 USA, not in the present day.

Thank you for any help!

ETA: Thank you so much for your help, I'm definitely going to go with pneumonia instead as that seems much more realistic.
Tags: 1970-1979, usa (misc), ~medicine: hypothermia, ~medicine: illnesses to order
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