Mother Brings Baby Back to Life With Two Hours of Loving Cuddles After Doctors Pronounced Him Dead


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oggKate Ogg gave birth to twins but to her dread, after one of her newborns struggled to breathe, doctors pronounced him dead. As she held her new son, she and her husband could not believe what had happened. Perhaps in a last attempt to say goodbye, or simply by instinct, she unwrapped her baby and held him against her skin. Her lifeless son – born at 27 weeks weighing 2lb – was lovingly held and cuddled as she expressed her love to him while not wanting to let him go. Then something amazing happened.

Throughout the next 2 hours, baby Jamie began showing signs of life as something was keeping or bringing him back to life. Although they had summoned the doctors on occasion to have another look, he insisted the actions they were seeing were normal reflexes and that the baby was still in fact dead. As time continued to pass, Kate decided to put some breast milk on her finger and feed it to her child. The child took the breast milk and continued to show more signs of life. The family was witnessing a miracle. They called the doctor back into the room once more and this time the doctor was in complete shock as he realized he was witnessing something he could not understand either.

‘I thought, “Oh my God, what’s going on”,’ said Mrs Ogg. ‘A short time later he opened his eyes. It was a miracle. Then he held out his hand and grabbed my finger. ‘He opened his eyes and moved his head from side to side. The doctor kept shaking his head saying, “I don’t believe it, I don’t believe it”.’

The power of skin-to-skin contact, also known as ‘kangaroo care,’ seems to be very evident in this case. Generally when a child has complications at birth, they are rushed off to intensive care right away. This doesn’t allow the mother and her love the opportunity to assist the child in its early minutes. While this might seem like magical wishful thinking, we are discovering more and more through science, the true power of the heart and love. The ‘kangaroo care’ technique, named after the way kangaroos hold their young in a pouch next to their bodies, allows the mother to act as a human incubator to keep babies warm, stimulated and fed. Studies have shown that skin-to-skin contact with a mother vs. standard contact, allows low-weight infants to maintain a higher oxygen saturation after birth.[1] Pre-term and low birth-weight babies treated with the skin-to-skin method have also been shown to have lower infection rates, less severe illness, improved sleep patterns and are at reduced risk of hypothermia.

It is my opinion that as time goes on we are going to continue to observe, understand and implement, on a large scale, procedures and therapies that better reflect what would happen naturally within the human body and its environment. This is not to say there isn’t value in standard medical techniques, simply that getting rigid with the techniques can often leave out very important human related, love related and energy related factors that can be instrumental in any given situation. In my opinion the scientific and medical field can often be too consumed by their methods at times, not allowing the not-yet-understood factors to have a role in certain decisions. Too often we can generate a narrow minded view and arrogance about what we know through science and this can close our minds to what else might be possible. This of course is not seen throughout the entire field as there are a number of brilliant scientific minds who are also very open to the power of consciousness. While this story is absolutely amazing, I like to not think of it as a miracle but instead a lesson. Experiences like this allow us to see and observe the power of things we don’t yet understand completely so that we can embrace the possibility and begin exploring it further. This idea that if we cannot touch or see something, then it must not work effectively has to be let go of if we are going to embrace various methods of not just healing but dealing with many things in life.

Jamie and Emily Ogg are now happy and healthy toddlers.

Jamie and Emily Ogg are now happy and healthy toddlers.

Sources:

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8953998

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15060238

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12725547

http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/06/mother-brings-baby-back-to-life-with-two-hours-of-loving-cuddles-after-doctors-pronounce-him-dead.html

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  2. Diana

    every Mother has a right to choose how she feeds her baby. For me I wanted to use breastmilk. I was hospitalized when my baby was 2 months old and when I came he he did not want my breast anymore. I pumped for 45 minutes 4 x’s a day for the next 10 months while still getting my older kids to and from school and their sporting activities, running a home business and exercising daily. Depends what you and your body are capable of.

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  7. Wonderful to have this happen. This is primal love.

  8. fargo

    5 minutes not two hours the childs alive is that not enough no need to sensationalise.
    http://www.today.com/moms/pronounced-dead-revived-moms-hug-miracle-baby-turning-2-366375

    • Lynn

      That, and the breasts do not produce milk until several days after birth.

      • And a 2lb, barely 2 hrs old preemie, isn’t grabbing his mothers fingers. But the story itself is a miracle. I agree that the over sensationalizing has to stop. Just tell it how it really happened, this is how skeptics are created. And why no one believes anything anymore.

      • MommaNoodles

        Apparently you’ve never breastfed, the first milk is called colostrum…

      • Breasts produce colostrum which is pre milk. Check your facts and get over yourself.

      • where do you get that from?? i had milk a week before my baby was bon, i have three children and had milk straight away

      • this info is incorrect, i had milk every time with my 3 babys, even a week
        before

    • Chase
  9. Todd

    Maybe this was yet another example of God’s love. More proof of a creator.

    • Lotto

      This doesn’t prove anything of a Divine Entity.

    • Rose

      Yes! Amen :-)

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  11. The hospital at which my son was born was big on Kangaroo care. They try to get the mother to keep the newborn with skin to skin contact for at least the first hour of his/her life.

  12. steph

    i too had a prem baby and she was very cold and struggling to breath properly. i told the doctor to give her to me. i snuggled skin to skin with her and within 10 mins she was breathing with no problem and her body temp was perfect. she latched on and fed beautifully. it was one of the best moments of my life.

  13. Ellen Lenox

    Wonderful!!! And inspiring… a lesson to be learned! Thanks

  14. I breastfed both my biological children and have come to find out that I could have nursed my first adopted child by being given hormones. Wish I had known. But don’t be too judgmental of mothers who don’t – especially with preemies – they often don’t have the sucking strength to latch on.

    • Cheryl

      Animals have been known to suckle animals other than their own. I had a mare who disappeared from her paddock then came back suckling a foal that wasn’t hers!

  15. Cheryl

    I consider I enhanced the survival of my friend’s dog after he was attacked by a dog because I held him close to my body. Body contact works with non human animals also.

  16. Science is discovering the power of love

  17. There is no stronger force on earth than a mother’s love for her children

  18. Raejean French

    Great story!

  19. Kat allan

    A beautiful story.

  20. tania

    Such an awesome story and then she’s bottle-feeding him? Seriously?

    • Laura

      Perhaps she didn’t have enough breast milk to continue nursing her babies. Seriously.

      • Shelley

        Well said Laura! as a mother of premature twins myself, I struggled to keep up with the production of milk them being so premature and to be honest, it is tough when you are watching your children in incubators hooked up to tubes and not be able to nurse them properly, expressing as much as you can under pressure, at least she managed some, I did it for 10 days then it just dried up! Shocked that someone has judged this person before knowing the full facts.. I felt awful I couldn’t feed my babies. Comments like that you should keep to yourself. Please remember every situation is different. Great Story! Skin to Skin is awesome!! :D

      • Liz

        If you are healthy, you should be able to breast feed until the child is 2 or 3! It’s only in USA that mothers stop breast feeding so early…even stopping breast feeding for less than a week can make the flow stop. Women need to be more educated, certainly.

        • steph

          only if the baby feeds from you. if you have to express the milk to be able to feed them (from a bottle, many reasons for this) it is very difficult to even reach 6 months.

        • Rowie

          I have known the healthiest of women who have not been able to maintain breastfeeding. They feel like failures for not being able to do it and your comment just reinforces those thoughts!

      • La Leche League has offered good advice and peer support in any difficult (or even average) breastfeeding situation since 1955. Just Google it and find a group near you!

    • Jamie

      Rather judgmental of you!

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