Skin-to-skin touch brings premature baby back to life

real life parents holding sick newborn baby

If you ever needed proof that a mum’s touch can work miracles, here it is. A tiny premature baby was brought back to life after his mum begged to cuddle him when doctors pronounced him dead.

Jamie and his twin sister, Emily, were born two minutes apart at 26 weeks. Emily let out a big wail, but Jamie was silent.

“We looked over and everyone was crowding around Jamie – there was about 20 people in the room. The vibe wasn’t very good,” his mum, Kate Ogg, tells the Daily Mail Australia. “He stopped breathing and his heartbeat was nearly gone. After 20 minutes they stopped working on him.”


Doctors told Ms Ogg and husband David their precious boy had just seconds to live. Ms Ogg asked to hold Jamie for his last moments, and told her husband to get into bed with them.

“I saw (Jamie) gasp but the doctor said it was no use. I took Jamie off the doctor, asked everyone to leave. He was cold and I just wanted him to be warm,” she says.

“We had tried for years to have kids and I felt so guilty. I just wanted to cuddle him. I unwrapped him and ordered my husband to take his shirt off and climb into the bed. I know it sounds stupid, but if he was still gasping there was still a sign of life so I wasn’t going to give up easily.”

And then, a wonderful surprise: skin-to-skin in his mother’s arms, Jamie started moving and his breathing grew stronger. Hospital staff rushed back and were able to nurse him back to life.

“We were trying to entice him to stay,” Ms Ogg tells the Daily Mail. “We explained his name and that he had a twin that he had to look out for and how hard we tried to have him. He suddenly gasped … then he opened his eyes. He was breathing and grabbing Dave’s finger. If we had let the doctor walk out of the room with him, Jamie would have been dead.”


That was five years ago. Now, the Queensland boy – who spent his first 80 days in a neonatal unit alongside Emily  – is as healthy as any other kid his age. “He is absolutely fine… the biggest concern they had was cerebral palsy because of the lack of oxygen but there’s been nothing,” Ms Ogg says.

About 25,000 babies are born prematurely each year and Ogg family has set up a Facebook page called Jamie’s Gift to raise money for the Miracle Babies Foundation, which supports premmies and sick newborns.

Mr Ogg is training for an ironman triathlon in May to raise money for the foundation. To help their cause, visit their fundraising page or Facebook page.


(Images via Daily Mail and Facebook)

Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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