I read the following story in a news paper this morning. I sent it to one of my friends –a great poetess and she instantly came out with a beautiful poem on this issue. I am posting the story and the poem for you dear readers. I hope you will love them. Happy Reading…
Doctors declared Jamie Ogg dead but his mother Kate just did not give up on him. This is her story.
AN AUSTRALIAN mother has told how her touch brought her ‘ dead’ baby back to life at a hospital in Sydney.
Doctors gave tiny Jamie Ogg no chance of survival when he was born prematurely at 27 weeks weighing just 2lb, or just under 1kg.His twin sister Emily had survived but after battling for 20 minutes to get him to breathe Jamie was declared dead.
Kate, who gave birth after a three- hour labour in March, has spoken of how vital ‘ skin- on- skin’ care can be for a sick baby, or ‘ kangaroo touch’ as it is known in Australia. ‘ Skin- on- skin’ care is when the child is laid on the mother.
Normally, premature babies are sent to intensive care and she was only given her son to hold because he was thought to have died.
“ 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,” said Kate.
Jamie occasionally gasped for air, which doctors said was a reflex action. She added: “ After just five minutes I felt him move as if he were startled, then he started gasping more and more regularly.
Kate said a message was passed on to their doctor insisting the baby was showing signs of life, but he sent back a midwife with the reply that they were just natural reflexes and that there was no possible way he could still be alive.
Kate then said to her husband, “ What if he lives?” She added: “ I was like, ‘We could be the luckiest parents in the world’.” She gave Jamie some breast milk on her finger. He took it and started regular breathing. “ At that point the doctor came back. He 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,
speaking to the Australian TV show Today Tonight , said, “ 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 refused to be interviewed for the TV show.
“Have you decided on a name for your son?”
‘Jamie’, said Kate joy brimming from her eyes
She held out her arms to hold her premie baby
Swathed and bundled in the doctor’s hands.
‘We’ve lost Jamie, he didn’t make it, sorry.
You may say your goodbyes to him now’.
The sparkle replaced by disbelief
Kate slowly undid the swaddling cloth
Stared achingly – dangling limbs, lifeless head –
Was her precious baby really dead?
She held him against her bare chest,
Skin to skin, the tiny head on her arm
“Sweetheart, I am your mother.
Dad and I have named you Jamie.
You know you have a twin sister too
And we have great dreams for you.
Wake up, little one, to fulfill those dreams”
Jamie occasionally gasped for air,
But the doctor brushed it off –
“A natural reflex. He just can’t be alive”
The mother’s heart believed otherwise.
For two hours she held him close,
Cuddled him and persistently talked to him.
Gasping again, to his parents’ delight
The miracle baby stretched his tiny hand,
Grasped his mother’s finger, opened his eyes
And moved his head from side to side!
The doctor thought he knew better,
Said these signs didn’t matter!
“He just can’t be alive.”
From her breast on to her finger
Kate took a drop of life-saving elixir
Hopefully fed it to her miracle boy
He took it! And began to breathe steadily!
The doctor listened with his stethoscope
Shook his head in stunned surprise
and said repeatedly
‘I don’t believe it, I don’t believe it’.
How could he not?
This was the marvelous power
of a mother’s healing touch!