The parents of a newborn girl who doctors declared “dead” but who later started breathing on her own are delighted that she is alive and well months after the dramatic episode.
Robin Cyr’s fourth child became wedged in the birth canal during labor in March and, for 25 minutes after she was born, doctors and nurses watched for any sign of life. Seeing none, the baby girl was removed from the room at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
“She was speechless and another nurse came over and said, ‘Your baby’s breathing,’” Cyr said at the time, adding that the doctor had no explanation.
“He said it’s a miracle,” Cyr said. “All I can say is, hand of God…God brought her back for a reason.”
Three months after her tumultuous birth, death and re-birth, the little girl known as “The Miracle Baby” appears to be a healthy, bouncing three-month-old.
“Everybody asks, is there any health issues?” said mother Robin Cyr, dandling Mireya on her knee outside her Barrington Street home Sunday afternoon. “But knock on wood, she’s doing everything on time. She holds her head up, she turns to your voice, she smiles.”
Mireya was apparently stillborn after a long and difficult delivery at the IWK Health Centre in March – but after 28 minutes without breathing, and after being declared dead, the baby spontaneously began breathing again.
Cyr said doctors at the hospital have never been able to explain the stunning turn of events, but she and her family have all the explanation they need.
“It’s a miracle, and God is doing his work,” said Pearleen Shephard, Cyr’s aunt, who was in the delivery room offering “deep and strong” prayers for the baby’s wellbeing. “The doctors took their hands off her. They called it. She was gone. So she truly, truly is a miracle.”
The baby has progressed well and normally since coming home, adored by her older brother and sister, and doted on by friends and relatives.
“She gets a lot of attention,” said Shephard. “A baby does demand a lot of attention, she’s just getting some extra special attention.”
Mireya’s story attracted attention from far outside of Halifax, making headlines across New York and in Europe. Local churches have reached out to Cyr, asking her to join or come speak to the congregation.
Cyr says she doesn’t want to expose the baby to too much publicity, preferring that her life now progress as normally as possible.
“I’m going to let her take her own path,” she said. “She’s doing everything normal, so I just leave it in the hands of God.”