After years of trying to conceive, Kate Ogg and her husband, David were overjoyed to learn that Kate was expecting twins. However, when she was only 26 weeks along, she went into premature labor.
Moments after giving birth to her daughter, Emily, doctors told Kate that their little boy "didn't make it."
"David collapsed next to me. I grabbed Jamie from the doctor and unwrapped him. I ordered David to take off his clothes and get next to me because I wanted as much body heat on this baby as possible," she says.
Kate cradled him close against her skin, putting his ear near her heart. "We told him that he had a sister and that he needed to look out for her," she recalls. "We said we had big plans for his life. We made a lot of promises which we were happy to keep."
Then, while David and Kate lay swaddling their baby and crying, something unexpected happened — Jamie started to wiggle.
"We shouted to the midwife, 'Look! He's moving,'" but the midwife told them that Jamie's movements were purely reflexive and that they should say their last goodbye.
"But we never let go of him. His skin was against mine for the entire time," she says. And then, suddenly, Jamie opened his eyes, curled his tiny fingers around David's hand, laid his head back on Kate's chest and stared at his father.
"It was the most astounding and amazing thing that had ever happened."
"We realized because he had the body heat of his mother and father, that's what had brought him back and given him the time he needed to live."
Jamie and Emily turn five this month.
"Sometimes when I hug them I think I'm hugging them a bit too tight because I know how close I came to not having them," Kate says.
Twins Jamie and Emily, 5, spending time together.
Nurse researcher Susan Ludington who pioneered kangaroo care (or practicing skin-to-skin with newborns) in the U.S. , "Skin-to-skin with mothers releases Oxytocin, the so-called 'cuddle hormone,' which affects multiple areas of newborns' brains. The hormone makes their heart beat and breathing become more regular."
Though this could have aided in Jamie's revival, Ludington cautions that kangaroo care "is not a miracle cure." Still, watching this video we can't help but feel like Jamie's story is nothing short of miraculous.
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