Nikkita Pereira gave birth to baby Ziah by emergency Caesarean section because his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. Minutes after he was born, however, doctors pronounced little Ziah dead.
After 28 hours in labour the baby’s heartbeat was fading because the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and his mother worried it took his life because eight minutes after he was born, hospital staff said his life had ended.
But moments later Ziah took his first breath, bursting into tears and Nikkita said, “Just as I was about to give up, a miracle happened. I felt the blood rush through my veins as it hit me that my boy wasn’t dead. When I heard him cry it felt like I was breathing again.”
Royal Free Hospital in London said Ziah’s death was never officially recorded, but now Nikkita can record many years of his life.
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Miss Pereira, 22, was thrilled when she discovered she was pregnant with her first child in June 2011. The expectant mother started making plans to have a natural birth at home.
But in February 2012, she was taken to hospital after experiencing complications during the early stages of labour.
After 28 hours, doctors were forced to carry out an emergency Caesarean section, detecting baby Ziah’s heartbeat was fading.