Plenty of moms fear the safety of their babies while giving birth, although once they’re able to count those fingers and toes and hear those first sweet cries, they breathe a sigh of relief.
That relief was short-lived for one mom. Charlotte Chershire gave birth to baby Adam and all was well, until the next day when he started having violent seizures, according to Yahoo! Shine (via the Telegraph UK).
“His entire body started to shut down,” Charlotte Cheshire said. “He was blue and shaking with convulsions.”
Soon thereafter, Adam fell into a coma and doctors told his devastated parents to say their goodbyes.
And yet, it has been a year and baby Adam is now walking.
It turns out that Adam had contracted meningitis either during labor or delivery, which is caused by Group B streptococcal septicemia (GBS) that had gone undetected in his mom — something that is not uncommon. Also not uncommon is for babies who survive the disease to be left with “serious disabilities including vision and hearing loss and cerebral palsy.”
Charlotte and her husband stroked poor Adam’s arms and legs while he was on life support in an incubator. It wasn’t until a week after he was born that she was able to hold him to her skin. And when she did, Adam opened his eyes for the first time since falling ill.
“Adam is our miracle,” Chris told the Telegraph. “He just refused to give up.”
For the next three days, Charlotte held her baby for 12 hours a day, which is known as “kangaroo care,” and can help regulate breathing and body temperature in infants. Adam spent a total of three weeks in the neonatal unit, until which time an MRI showed his brain injury had healed and he was discharged.
This is not the first time a baby has been revived by his or her mother’s embrace, according to Yahoo! Shine.
And while it might not be the first time, can hearing a story with a happy ending so extra happy ever get old?