Jamie along with his twin sister were born at just 27 weeks. Each weighed just two pounds. However, when doctors were unable to resuscitate Jamie after 20 minutes, they pronounced him dead.
In tears, his mother, Australian Kate Ogg, asked if she could hold Jamie for a bit to say her last good-bye. She unwrapped Jamie from the blanket and held him against her body skin-to-skin.
And for the next couple hours she held and cuddled him. She told Jamie his name and told him that he had a sister. Jamie coughed once early, but doctors said it was just a natural reflex and assured his parents that he was dead.
Incredibly two hours later, Jamie started showing signs of life. He started coughing repeatedly and then grabbed his mother’s hand. She was finally able to get the doctors attention and have them check her child.
In an interview with Dave and Kate Ogg (above) on an Australian TV show Today, Tonight Kate said:
“I thought,’Oh my God, what’s going on.’
A short time later he opened his eyes. It was a miracle. Then he held out his hand and grabbed my finger.
He opened his eyes and moved his head from side to side. The doctor kept shaking his head saying, ‘I don’t believe it, I don’t believe it.'”
As Kate held Jamie skin-to-skin, she was naturally incubating her baby through a procedure called Kangaroo Care — mimicking how Kangaroo mothers hold their immature young in a pouch. The article in the Daily Mail had this to say about Kangaroo Care:
Pre-term and low birth-weight babies treated with the skin-to-skin method have also been shown to have lower infection rates, less severe illness, improved sleep patterns and are at reduced risk of hypothermia.
Childbirth and the Bible
In the Book of Genesis, one of the curses God pronounced on Eve for her sin was:
“I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, in pain you will bring forth your children.” (Genesis 3:16 NASV)
The verse has always puzzled me, because it suggests that before the fall there was going to be some pain in child-birth, but it was now going to be “greatly multiplied.”
I have often wondered what changed.
Perhaps before the fall, God actually matured the babies sooner in the womb, allowing them to be born earlier than nine months and of course smaller. However, after the fall into sin and the prevalence of disease, a baby needed to be much larger to survive the new world of sin, so God delayed the maturing process.
Along this same note, researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have discovered evidence that suggests it is the baby, not the mother, that initiates the birthing process. They discovered this during research on gestation in mice.
The lungs are one of the last organs to develop in a baby. In the womb, the baby breathes in the mother’s amniotic fluid. Once the lungs are sufficiently matured, the baby releases a protein called surfactant into the mother’s amniotic fluid triggering a chain of events leading to birth.
Speaking on behalf of the research team, Dr. Carole Mendelson said:
“We found that a protein within lung, surfactant, serves as a hormone of labor that signals to the mother’s uterus when the fetal lungs are sufficiently mature to withstand the critical transition from life in fluid to air-breathing,”
- Miracle mum brings premature baby son back to life with two hours of loving cuddles after doctors pronounce him dead: Daily Mail
- Surfactant protein secreted by the maturing mouse fetal lung acts as a hormone that signals the initiation of parturition
- Fetal Lungs Protein Release Triggers Labor to Begin