At 27 weeks, Kate Ogg had to prematurely give birth to her twins Jamie and Emily. While Emily survived the premature birth, her twin brother Jamie didn’t make it. After doctors attempted to revive him for 20 minutes, Jamie was declared dead.
The doctors told Kate that her son was already gone, but this didn’t stop the first-time mom from showing her seemingly lifeless baby her love. Employing the “kangaroo technique” to Jamie, Kate had the nurse put her newborn son on her bare chest.
Her husband David joined the two as he provided additional body heat to Jamie.
Just five minutes after Kate stared embracing her son, she and her husband observed that Jamie was making small movements which the doctors identified as pure reflex movements.
Undaunted by the doctors’ claims, Kate insisted on staying with Jamie for two more hours. During that time, Jamie opened his eyes and suckled her finger when she put breastmilk on it.
At this moment, the couple informed the doctor about Jamie’s movements and had their son examined.
To the doctor’s surprise, Jamie came back to life after his mom gave him a warm hug.
Speaking to CBS News,Dr. Lisa Eiland of the Weill Cornell Medical Center explained the science behind the miracle: “What’s important is the warmth that the mother provides and the stimulation that the baby may have received from hearing the mother’s heartbeat. So those are all things that may have helped the baby in terms of going down the path to living as opposed to the path of death.”
Watch the tearjerking video of the power of a mother’s hug.
What is Kangaroo Care?
Kangaroo care is a widely used technique practiced on newborn, preterm babies that involves skin-to-skin contact. In this technique, the naked baby is placed in an upright position on the mother or father’s bare chest. Similar to joeys placed inside the mother kangaroos pouch, the infant is placed inside the parent’s shirt, thus the term kangaroo care.
Here are some of the advantages of kangaroo care as enumerated by Clevelandclinic.org :
- improved breathing pattern
- improved oxygen saturation levels
- stabilization of heart rate
- less crying
- increase in sleep time
- more rapid weight gain
- increase in the success of breastfeeding