Cuddling revived a premature baby when doctors believed the newborn wasn’t alive. Baby Jamie was the first twin born before Emily arrived a few minutes later. Daily Mail reports that the mother, Kate Ogg, can tell her son he’s older, but his sister has technically been “alive longer.”
On March 25, 2010, in Queensland, Australia, Jamie and Emily were born prematurely at 26 weeks. Doctors and medical staff worked 20 minutes to revive baby Jamie. When it appeared they were unsuccessful at saving the preemie, the doctor informed Kate and her husband, David, that their son had died.
Nurses placed Jamie across his mother’s bare chest so she could say her goodbyes. Kate told David to take off his shirt and provide the bare skin-to-skin contact to help keep him warm. Within five minutes, a miracle began to happen — the little boy began to move. At first, the doctor told Kate that the infant’s movements were reflexes and not a sign that he was still alive. Kate felt differently.
“… I know it sounds stupid, but if he was still gasping there was still a sign of life so I wasn’t going to give up easily,” Kate said of sensing her child still had hope.
As Kate continued holding her baby, Jamie showed definite signs of life. Her cuddling revived the premature baby. His eyes opened and he wanted the breastmilk she offered on her finger.
The infant became stronger as Kate held him. Although he was revived, everyone thought it was momentary since he was born three months early. Well, Jamie is now almost five-years-old.
Kate knows if the doctor just walked out with her baby, he would have been dead. Her touch, and that of his father’s, may have been just what saved the newborn’s life.
“We were trying to entice him to stay. We explained his name and that he had a twin that he had to look out for and how hard we tried to have him.
“He suddenly gasped… then he opened his eyes. He was breathing and grabbing Dave’s finger.
“If we had let the doctor walk out of the room with him, Jamie would have been dead.”
Cuddling revived the premature baby and he’s alive today because his loving mother didn’t give up on him in the delivery room.
“We feel so fortunate,” David Ogg told Today in 2012. “We’re the luckiest people in the world.”
See photos from this miraculous story HERE.
With cuddling being what revived the premature baby, it emphasized the method of “kangaroo care,” which is when a baby is placed on a mother’s bare chest. This type of skin-to-skin contact has shown to be highly beneficial medically for babies.
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