Babies with mild or moderate asphyxia may recover fully. If the cells did not get enough oxygen for a longer time, a baby may have permanent injury. This could affect their brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, bowels or other organs.
When a baby is born too soon (premature) and has asphyxia, the damage may affect their nervous system and eyesight. In the most severe cases, asphyxia can lead to organ failure and death.