Baby pronounced dead at birth starts to breathe

Doctors pronounced this baby dead, but after 2 hours of the mother holding him in her arms, he started breathing again.



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  1. liongules says:

    GOD IS GREAT! God is good!

  2. benedetta says:

    That’s wonderful. I think that there is something to be said for the temperament that parents observe in babies, from what they do, in the womb, and in their first hours after birth. It doesn’t always tell the entire story but there are interesting pieces to the puzzle of who this little unique one actually is. That little boy was determined to live!

  3. avecrux says:

    March 25th – Annunciation.

  4. Mike says:

    Makes you realize how much of a gift each and every baby is.

  5. Proving once again why they call it “practicing” medicine: the docs don’t always get it right.

  6. Singing Mum says:

    Woo hoo! Grace + love from Mom and Dad = wonderful results!

  7. Charivari Rob says:


  8. eiggam says:

    Wishing the family the best. In the U.S. there would be lawsuits like crazy.

  9. mkochan says:

    Aside from being thrilled for them, this is a very strange story. I cannot understand why the doctor would inform the parents that the child was dead, but that they might expect to observe some reflexes. Dead people do not have reflexes.

  10. Absit invidia says:

    May God be praised. Thank goodness for such a merciful God and such loving parents who endeared their child with tenderness.

    Doctors don’t always have the same hope as a parent – not that this was the situation in this case. I’ve heard of experiences in the States where doctors were quick to write a human life off leaving the family devastated. I just wish doctors could see life as a blessing instead of a statistic.

  11. Cathomommy says:

    This is an amazing video…and I am not discounting the hand of God here, or the marvelous power of a mother’s love ….but what it most shows me is that the Doctor’s just GAVE UP on that baby because they believed he was too premature to live. He *wasn’t* dead when they handed him to his parents, they just didn’t think it was worth it, in their medical calculus, to make the effort to try to sustain his little life, because they didn’t think he would make it. That they left him gasping for life for TWO hours without trying to help him is a travesty!!

  12. DominiSumus says:

    This is a wonderful story about the love of parents and a horrific story about the callousness of the doctor who told David and Kate that Jamie was dead. To tell someone that a dead baby would have reflexes and movement is malpractice. The baby was declared dead while he was still alive because the doctor didn’t think his life was worth the time and effort.
    This baby was abandoned by his doctors, but thankfully was not abandoned by his parents.
    My own son nearly died at birth and I found that doctor-parent communication to be nonexistent. I didn’t even know he was in trouble until 3 hours after he was born.

  13. irishgirl says:

    Wonderful! A story that affirms life instead of death!
    What a skinny little fellow Jamie was at birth! I was born a preemie, and a twin, too!

  14. teechrlady says:

    I wonder if the doctors would have reacted differently if he was a singleton. Maybe they thought two babies was too much for the parents to handle so they’d be “better off” with just one.

    Praise God and the instincts He gave parents.

  15. catholicmidwest says:

    No 2 hours to it. He was alive the whole time once he regained consciousness. The parents were completely right & responsible to hold the baby against bare skin for a while, just to make sure.

    I used to teach Lamaze classes in the 70s. Strange things happen in maternity wards. There are a lot of highly educated but incredibly stupid people out there. Some of them are medical personnel who believe that birth cannot possibly happen unless they are controlling every possible aspect of it. Nonsense. People give birth occasionally. It’s not an illness. It’s quite normal and proceeds just fine with or without medical interference about 90% of the time. Doctors are there for the 7-8% who need a little help and the 2-3% who need real intervention.

  16. catholicmidwest says:

    I wonder how much pain-killer, sedatives, muscle relaxants, uterine contraction medications, and so on were involved in this birth. None of that information is available, so it’s hard telling what really happened. Glad the little guy is alive! And he’s a twin. There’s two babies! Sweet.

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