For Kate and David Ogg of Australia, becoming parents to twins in 2010 was a blessing after three years trying to conceive. After a premature birth, the couple was told that their first baby wouldn’t make it.
While Kate was giving birth to the twins, one boy and one girl, she and her husband “noticed the dynamic in the room was quite strange,” she said in the YouTube video posted by Johnson & Johnson. The doctor sat on the edge of the bed to tell the parents that the baby boy, Jamie, didn’t make it.
Mom held her baby boy close and asked that her husband get in bed with her.
“I wanted as much body heat around this baby as possible. I moved his ear to my heart…and cried and cried,” Kate said in the video.
“We told him that he had a sister… and that we had big plans for him,” she recalled.
Kate says the baby boy then opened his eyes, grabbed his father’s finger and held on. Stunned hospital staff got to work, helping nurse the child back to health, The Telegraph reports.
The miracle may be backed by scientific data. There are several studies that suggest that there are major benefits of early skin-to-skin contact, especially for premature babies. 82 percent of US hospitals with NICUs now use the practice, which is commonly known informally as “kangaroo care.”
The Ogg family is now using their story to help others. They’ve set up a Facebook page asking people to donate to the Miracle Babies Foundation, a group that supports premature and sick newborns.
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