She thought it would be her last cuddle with her baby, but it ended up being the first of many, and doctors can't explain how
Carolyn Isbister did not want her new baby to die cold. Weighing 20 ounces, Rachel's heart was beating once every 10 seconds, and she wasn't breathing. Doctors said she had just minutes to live. Isbister prepared for the worst, but decided to give her daughter the only cuddle they would be allowed. She lifted the tiny, lifeless baby from the blankets and nestled her against her own skin, crying.
"Her feet were so cold," Isbister recalls. "It was the only cuddle I was going to have with her, so I wanted to remember the moment." The cuddle was all it took. Something about the warmth of skin to skin contact jump-started little Rachel's heart, and she gave a gasp of breath.
"We couldn't believe it – and neither could the doctors. She let out a tiny cry," Isbester told Daily Mail. That tiny cry gave Isbester hope, but not the doctors. "The doctors came in and said there was still no hope – but I wasn't letting go of her." Instead, Isbister had the hospital Chaplin bless Rachel.
"But she still hung on. And then, amazingly, the pink color began to return to her cheeks. She literally was turning from grey to pink before our eyes, and she began to warm up, too."
A consultant neonatologist at the hospital, said: "All the signs were that the little one was not going to make it and we took the decision to let mum have a cuddle, as it was all we could do.
"Two hours later the wee thing was crying. This is indeed a miracle baby and I have seen nothing like it in my 27 years of practice. I have not the slightest doubt that mother's love saved her daughter."
Rachel was put on ventilator and improved even more. Five months later, Isbister was able to take her baby girl home, at a healthy 8 pounds.
"She is doing so well. When we brought her home, the doctors told us that she was a remarkable little girl. And most of all, she just loves her cuddles. She will sleep for hours, just curled into my chest. It was that first cuddle which saved her life – and I'm just so glad I trusted my instinct and picked her up when I did. Otherwise, she wouldn't be here today," Isbister shared with Love What Matters.
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