Cuddling Brings Son Back To Life
Jamie Ogg showed no signs of life when he was delivered along with a twin sister at just 27 weeks gestation and weighing 2lb at a hospital in Sydney.
Doctors said they had lost him and he was given to his mother, Kate, who unwrapped his blankets and placed him on her chest so she and her husband, David, could say their goodbyes.
Following two hours of cuddling and being spoken to by his parents, Jamie began to gasp. Doctors initially claimed it was a “reflex” but the baby began gasping more often and then opened his eyes.
The family have spoken of their experience for the first time since Jamie was born five months ago. They told of the importance of “skin-to-skin” bonding between mother and baby in a technique also known as the “kangaroo touch” in Australia because of the way the animals held their newborns close to the skin in their pouch.
Mrs Ogg said: “I thought, ‘Oh my God, what’s going on?’ A short time later he opened his eyes. It was a miracle. I told my mum, who was there, that he was still alive.
“Then he held out his hand and grabbed my finger.
“He opened his eyes and moved his head from side to side.”
The survival of Jamie, whose twin was named Emily, has baffled doctors.
Mr Ogg 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.”
Mothers are encouraged to have skin-to-skin contact with their babies as much as possible in Britain as it helps with feeding, bonding and settling the child. But often this is not possible when babies are born prematurely as they need to be cared for in an incubator.