The 23-year-old mother is already “dead.” But then they lay the baby on her breast.

When a person is going through labor the last thing they want is an emergency Caesarean Section to be performed on them.

After preparing herself for a natural childbirth, things suddenly went south when Shelly Cawley found out that the doctors needed to perform an emergency C section.

Her child Rylan was delivered safely and healthy but for the mother it was a different story as the mother had blood clots which caused her to go into a coma from the clogged vital arteries.

Her husband, Jeremy described this moment as a nightmare:

“The doctors had done everything they could. At this time, they were absolutely sure that they would lose Shelly. You are so unbelievably excited that your child is born … and in the next moment you believe you’ll have to say farewell to your wife forever. It was like being numbed.”

The nurse(Ashley Manus) then came up with a quick idea :

“We knew that skin contact from a mother to her newborn can be very helpful – so why wouldn’t work the other way around?”

They then placed the naked baby on her body, hoping for a miracle. The nurse explains more: “I was hoping that Shelly was still in there somewhere, so she could feel her baby and her heart, to let her mother instincts wake up.”

The baby then fell asleep once placed on the mother.

“We tickled her, even gave her a couple little pinches,” tells the dad Jeremy. “It lasted 10 minutes then she gave a loud scream.”

Finally a miracle happened, right in front of the doctors eyes.

“We saw the heart monitor flash to life. The screaming had brought Shelly back into the fight. I had my wife back!” Jeremey recalls with tears.

Just a week after this scary experience the mother wakes up completely out of the coma as it never happened. Finally she got to hold her baby in her arms.

“I stared at Rylan’s face and thought to myself that she was the most beautiful baby in the world,” says Shelly. “I know that every mother thinks that, but we had such a special connection after everything that happened.”

Rylan just turned 1. The mother reflects on the past year: “Last year I fought for my life and this year I have a wonderful 1-year-old daughter. When she’s grown up, I’ll tell her that she saved my life.”


What an amazing story! Incredible how the mother-child connection can literally be a life-saver. Share this fantastic story with all your friends and family and help spread the power of love and the reality of miracles!

Source: Portal Paper