Mother Brings Baby Back to Life With Two Hours Of Loving Cuddles After Doctors Pronounce Him Dead

July 7, 2013 3:20 pm 15 comments Views: 81578

It was a final chance to say goodbye for grieving mother Kate Ogg after doctors gave up hope of saving her premature baby. She tearfully told her lifeless son – born at 27 weeks weighing 2lb – how much she loved him and cuddled him tightly, not wanting to let him go. Although little Jamie’s twin sister Emily had been delivered successfully, doctors had given Mrs Ogg the news all mothers dread – that after 20 minutes of battling to get her son to breathe, they had declared him dead.

Mother Brings Baby Back to Life With Two Hours Of Loving Cuddles After Doctors Pronounce Him Dead

Having given up on a miracle, Mrs Ogg unwrapped the baby from his blanket and held him against her skin. And then an extraordinary thing happened. After two hours of being hugged, touched and spoken to by his mother, the little boy began showing signs of life.

At first, it was just a gasp for air that was dismissed by doctors as a reflex action. But then the startled mother fed him a little breast milk on her finger and he started breathing normally.

‘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 Australian mother spoke publicly for the first time yesterday to highlight the importance of skin-on-skin care for sick babies, which is being used at an increasing number of British hospitals.

In most cases, babies are rushed off to intensive care if there is a serious problem during the birth. But 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. 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.

Mrs Ogg and her husband David told how doctors gave up on saving their son after a three-hour labour in a Sydney hospital in March. The doctor asked me had we chosen a name for our son,’ said Mrs Ogg. ‘I said, “Jamie”, and he turned around with my son already wrapped up and said, “We’ve lost Jamie, he didn’t make it, sorry”.

‘It was the worse feeling I’ve ever felt. I unwrapped Jamie from his blanket. He was very limp. ‘I took my gown off and arranged him on my chest with his head over my arm 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.’

Jamie occasionally gasped for air, which doctors said was a reflex action. But then I felt him move as if he were startled, then he started gasping more and more regularly. ‘I gave Jamie some breast milk on my finger, he took it and started regular breathing.’

Mrs Ogg held her son, now five months old and fully recovered, as she spoke on the Australian TV show Today Tonight. Her husband added: ‘Luckily I’ve got a very strong, very smart wife. ‘She instinctively did what she did. If she hadn’t done that, Jamie probably wouldn’t be here.’

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  • ashok singhal

    What will the skeptics say – only a placebo effect!!

    • Gath Gealaich

      No, skeptics will say that with large populations, many things are possible, and that the Internet make rare things look like they happen every day (because there’s half a dozen of them in our news stream daily).


    To GOD be the glory!!!Just AMAZING,a mother’s instinct,What a MIRACLE baby!!!

  • Avery_23

    Is this even real?

    • evelyn chuma

      Its real Avery, it happened to me in 1998 when my daughter weighed only 810gramms, she was less than a KG I stayed with her in hospital for 4 wks in Kangaroo care and doctors never thought she’d survive but that girl is turning 17 in November and I believe God gave her life that no man can take away.

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  • Shambhu Dutta

    Power of Nature (called as GOD) no body know, it can act as Miracle, if have true Belief on GOD

  • Rick Mann

    The baby wan’t dead. The medical staff should be thoroughly investigated and disciplined by the body that licenses them. BAD practice. BTW skin on skin isn’t new been the norm for decades. A resounding FAIL for whatever hospital this occured in.

    • Carl Andrew

      Have you heard of the lazarus phenomenon, recorded in medical records at least 38 times since 1982 (according to wiki). Wiki tends to be more skeptical than not!

      I agree with most here. God is Awesome 😀

  • Arcane

    I love news like this! This is a miracle!

  • virgoyap

    A very touching moment. This only shows how true LOVE can really make miracle.



  • Sarfraz Masih

    Amazed. Great is great. He can do any miracle in the world. Being a nurse, I am pleased to read this valuable and incredible story for bringing change in health care practices regarding neonates in view of this story

  • Tekla Changara

    To God be the glory all this would not have happened if my God had not intervened. Mother’s instinct or no instinct it is The God of Israel who brings to life. Love You LORD.