In Australia, Kate and David Ogg had been trying to conceive for three years when they found out they were expecting twins. They were thrilled and Kate went on to have a healthy pregnancy. However, at 26-weeks she went into labor and was rushed to the hospital.
Once she arrived, doctors told her that her son, Jamie, didn’t make it so she held him close and asked her husband to get in the bed with her.
She said, “I wanted as much body heat around this baby as possible. I moved his ear to my heart…and cried and cried. 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.”
Kate added, “We had tried for years to have kids and…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.”
Kate and David told little Jamie all about his twin sister and about the plans they had for him. Miraculously, while they were holding him, he opened his eyes and grabbed David’s hand.
Kate explained, “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 Jamie is five-years-old and has no medical problems.
Kate said, “They [the twins] love to talk about when they were babies. They have a little brother Charlie who loves telling anyone who listens. He’ll say: ‘When I was born I was fat and the twins were skinny. Jamie was also dead but now he is alive.’”
According to Biological Psychiatry, the benefit that premature infants gain from skin-to-skin contact with their mothers is measurable even 10 years after birth. The chief executive of the premature baby charity Bliss, Caroline Davey, said, “Evidence shows that [skin-to-skin contact] can help to regulate the baby’s heartbeat, lower…stress levels and can play an important role in improving the positive outcomes for premature babies.”