Two hours of mum’s cuddles bring ‘dead’ baby boy back to life
For two hours a grieving mum cradled the apparently lifeless body of her newborn son – and all her caresses and whispered words were rewarded when the baby suddenly began to move.
Born prematurely at 27 weeks and weighing just one kilo, doctors said that Jamie Ogg had no chance of survival.<
Unlike his twin sister Emily, he was not breathing and after 20 minutes of trying to resuscitate him Jamie was declared dead.
His limp little body was handed to his mum Kate and dad David so they could grieve and say their goodbyes to him in private.
But after two hours of being spoken to, touched and cuddled, he began showing signs of life. And after being given breast milk on Kate’s finger, he began breathing regularly.
Delighted mum Kate said yesterday: “He’s a little fighter, as is his sister, and they are both doing amazingly well.”
She added: “I took my gown off and arranged Jamie on my chest and just held him.
“He wasn’t moving at all and we just started talking to him. We told him what his name was and that he had a sister. We told him the things we wanted to do with him throughout his life. After just five minutes I felt him move as if he were startled, then he started gasping more and more regularly.
“I thought, ‘Oh my God, what’s going on?’ 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.”
Australian Kate said they got a message to their doctor, insisting Jamie was showing signs of life, but he sent back a midwife who told them these movements were natural reflexes and that there was no way Jamie could still be alive.
But Kate and David, who live in Sydney, refused to give up on their baby boy.
She recalled: “I said to my husband, ‘What if he lives? We could be the luckiest parents in the world’.
“I gave Jamie some breast milk on my finger, he took it and started regular breathing. At that point the doctor came back, got a stethoscope, listened to Jamie’s chest and just kept shaking his head. He said, ‘I don’t believe it, I don’t believe it’.”
David told Aussie TV show Today Tonight: “Luckily, I’ve got a very strong, very smart wife. She instinctively did what she did.
“If she hadn’t have done that, then Jamie probably wouldn’t be here.”
The doctor who delivered Jamie in March refused to be interviewed for the show.
Kate, who gave birth after a threehour labour, has now told how vital “skin-on-skin” care, or “kangaroo touch” as it is known Down Under, can be for a sick baby.