Every now and again, a true miracle happens. This is one of those times.
The power of a mother’s touch is one of the strongest in the world. And the importance of skin-to-skin contact during the first moments of a baby’s life is well known. For one mother and son, that contact also saved his newborn life.
When I came across an article on Real Farmacy earlier today, I could hardly believe what I was reading and seeing. And for the first time this week, it was in a good week.
A mother gave birth to her twins at 27 weeks, and was told shortly afterward that her 2 pound son had died after doctors had tried unsuccessfully to get him to breathe. As a grieving mother, she held her lifeless newborn in her arms, hugging and cuddling him for two hours. During that time, according to the article, the baby had “gasped for air,” but doctors said that was just a “reflex action,” common in these situations.
But signs of life didn’t stop there. The baby then opened his eyes. He then grabbed his mother’s finger. Not believing what was happening, the mother then put a drop of breast milk on her finger, and her son took it.
Doctors were called in and sure enough the baby was alive.
His mother has since become an advocate for the importance of skin-to-skin contact, or “kangaroo care,” when treating sick babies. Evidence has shown that “pre-term and low birth-weight babies treated with the skin-to-skin method have… lower infection rates, less severe illness, improved sleep patterns and are at reduced risk of hypothermia.”
It’s a truly miraculous story. Watch it for yourself!
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