A baby who was woken from a coma by his mother’s hug is now astounding doctors by taking his first steps.
Little Adam Cheshire was born healthy, but began having violent seizures one day later. Having contracted meningitis, the newborn slipped into a coma, and his family prepared for the worst, reports Yahoo News.
A week later, doctors allowed the newborn’s mom, Charlotte, to hold him. Upon feeling the skin-to-skin contact, baby Adam blinked his eyes. Charlotte recalled:
“The moment he opened his eyes was incredible. I knew that if he was waking up, he would survive.”
Adam’s dad added that:
“Adam is our miracle. He just refused to give up.”
If babies survive the infection, which only occurs in 8,000 babies in the U.S. per year, they can still be left with serious disabilities, such as hearing and vision loss and cerebral palsy. In the first weeks, doctors were worried that Adam would have brain damage from the seizures and meningitis, reports The Daily Mail. Charlotte Cheshire recalled:
“In tiny, baby steps, Adam began to grow stronger. His seizures reduced and then stopped. His first MRI came back with some small spots of brightness which appeared to indicate brain damage, but it was too early to tell.”
Despite suffering from a hearing impairment, Adam was well enough to leave the hospital at three weeks old. 16 months later the Cheshires’ miracle baby is taking his first steps. A recent MRI showed that the brightness indicating brain injury on his first MRI has disappeared. Charlotte said that:
“It’s been a continuing journey. We are so proud of him. Adam recently took his first steps unaided. It’s another tick of the check list. Everything he does is incredibly amazing. We cannot fault the care we received at the hospital and the support we have been given. We would like to thank them all from the bottom of our hearts.”
One in four mothers are carriers of the deadly meningitis that Adam suffered from, and his parents are now pushing to standardized testing for the disease in pregnant women. As for Adam Cheshire’s, his parents are simply happy that their miracle baby responded to his mother’s touch.