In the predawn hours of one Saturday last September, Shelly Cawley’s husband and their newborn daughter were being escorted through hallways of a North Carolina hospital. Cawley had slipped into a coma during childbirth and some thought it might be time for her family to say goodbye.
Her blood pressure was dangerously low (60/40, doctors later told the family) and her heart rate was soaring (more than 180 beats per minute). Cawley was hooked up to what doctors called “the last-chance ventilator,” a machine pumping air into her lungs with such force that it rattled her hospital bed with each artificial breath, her husband, Jeremy Cawley, said.
But the hospital staff had one more idea to try.
“The nurses instructed us to strip the baby down and put her skin-to-skin with Shelly,” her husband told The Washington Post. “Their hope was that if Shelly could smell the baby, feel the baby, hear the baby — even in the coma — it would give her a reason to fight.
Life. I thought the video was about the babe calmed by the mother’s presence/voice.
But the babe’s cry literally brought the mother back to life! Wow!