by Hans Johnson2697CD1F00000578-2992862-image-a-19_1426229126388

March 25th will be a major anniversary for the Queensland, Australia, couple Kate and David Ogg. It will have been five years since their twins were born three months prematurely. The first, a boy, made no sound, while his sister, two minutes later made that relieving baby’s cry. For 20 minutes they worked on the boy, to no avail.

Finally, the doctor sat on the edge of the bed and asked Kate if they had chosen a name for a son. She answered, “Jamie“, and was told that they had done all that they could do:

I saw him gasp but the doctor said it was no use. I took Jamie off the doctor, asked everyone to leave. He was cold and I just wanted him to be warm. We had tried for years to have kids and I felt so guilty. I just wanted to cuddle him. I unwrapped him and ordered my husband to take his shirt off and climb into the bed. I know it sounds stupid, but if he was still gasping there was still a sign of life so I wasn’t going to give up easily.

We were trying to entice him to stay. We explained his name and that he had a twin that he had to look out for and how hard we tried to have him. He suddenly gasped… then he opened his eyes. He was breathing and grabbing Dave’s finger. If we had let the doctor walk out of the room with him, Jamie would have been dead.

Now he is as healthy as his sister Emily, and proof of the importance of skin-to-skin contact post-birth. Their little brother Charlie will proudly tell anyone: “When I was born I was fat and the twins were skinny. Jamie was also dead but now he is alive”.


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