Baby helps mom wake up from coma

Shelly Cawley from Concord in North Carolina was pregnant — and wildly excited about being able to hold her first child in her arms. But the day the 23-year-old and her husband Jeremy had looked forward to for so long turned into a nightmare. As Shelly went into labor, the doctors needed to perform an emergency Cesarean section.

The baby, little Rylan, arrived completely healthy. But a blood clot triggered during the operation clogged important arteries in Shelly's body. The young mother fell into a coma. "The doctors had done everything they could. At this time, they were absolutely sure that they would lose Shelly," Jeremy said. "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."

But then a nurse named Ashley Manus has an idea: "We knew that skin contact from a mother to her newborn can be very helpful—so why wouldn't it work the other way around?" So they took the naked baby and laid it on the chest of the comatose mother. "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 nurse explained. But as soon as the baby Rylan touched her mother, she peacefully fell asleep. "We tickled her, even gave her a couple little pinches," tells the dad, Jeremy. "It lasted 10 minutes then she gave a loud scream."

And the unbelievable happened. "We saw the heart monitor flash to life. The screaming had brought Shelly back into the fight. I had my wife back!" Jeremy recalled with tears in his eyes. Shelly's condition stabilized. After a week, the 23-year-old wakes up completely out of the coma—and can finally, and for the first time, 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."

As the sweet little blonde celebrates her 1st birthday, her mother reflects on the past: "Last year I fought for my life and this year I have a wonderful 1-year-old daughter," delights Shelly. "When she's grown up, I'll tell her that she saved my life."

Shelly and Jeremy Cawley couldn't be happier about the little miracle that saved the young mother's life. What a fantastic happy end! If this story of the little family, that conquered death together, also moved you deeply, then share it with all your friends!


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