“Dead” baby comes back to life with mum’s cuddles

Parents recommend “kangaroo care” after their preemie baby recovered despite being declared dead by doctors

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The parents of a baby who survived after doctors declared him dead, have spoken about their son’s dramatic start to life on an Australian breakfast show.

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Baby Jamie and his twin sister Emily were born at 27 weeks and while Emily began to thrive, doctors declared Jamie dead after trying to revive him for 20 minutes. Devastated mum, Kate Ogg, lay her son on her chest and cuddled him for two hours. She noticed he was making little gasps but doctors attributed this to a reflex.

As his gasps increased, she offered him breast milk on her finger and his breathing began to become more regular.

This method of close care is increasingly used in UK hospitals and is especially helpful for premature babies who respond well to their mum’s warmth and closeness. It is known as “kangaroo care” for its similarity to the way the animal keeps her babies close and warm next to her body in a pouch.

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Jamie is now a healthy 5-month old for which proud dad, David, thanks his wife. “Luckily I’ve got a very strong, very smart wife,” he said. “She instinctively did what she did. If she hadn’t done that, Jamie probably wouldn’t be here.”

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