Newborn Pronounced Dead Is Revived and Opens His Eyes after a Hug from His Mother

An Australian couple is said to have practiced kangaroo care to save their twin boy’s life after he was declared dead by the doctors. Their bundle of joy has grown up to be a lively young boy and also has a baby brother. 

Mothers are often hailed for knowing what’s best for their children. Amazingly enough, a mother displayed a real-life example of this famous saying by taking corrective action at just the right instant to save her baby boy’s life. 

Kate and David Ogg from Queensland, Australia, had been trying to get pregnant for three years. In 2010, they received the news that they would soon be parents to twins – a boy and a girl.

Kate and David Ogg cuddling their twin baby boy, Jamie, after he was pronounced dead. | Photo:

The Oggs were overjoyed and couldn’t wait to embrace parenthood. Things took an unexpected turn when Kate was rushed to the hospital six months into the pregnancy. It was a case of premature births. 

On March 25, 2010, the Oggs welcomed their son Jamie, and her sister Emily followed two minutes later. The twins were born in their amniotic sac, but Jamie made no noise while Emily let out a huge cry. 

What would have been a moment of celebration for Kate and David turned out to be something completely different. The couple could tell things weren’t right with their baby boy, given the vibe in the room. 

A candid shot of Kate and David Ogg cuddling with their twin boy, Jamie. | Photo: Photo: – Mexico y Centroamerica

As it turned out, the baby wasn’t breathing and had no heartbeat. For 20 minutes, the doctors kept trying to resuscitate his heart. The doctor then came, sat down on Kate’s hospital bed, and asked if she and her husband had decided a name for their baby. 

Emily and Jamie also have a baby brother Charlie, who loves telling people that his older siblings were born skinny and that Jamie was dead at first but is now alive. 

It seemed the doctor had something to share with the couple. He then informed them that the medical staff had failed to save their son’s life despite all efforts. What happened next was nothing short of a miracle, both for the Oggs and the hospital staff.

Kate Ogg pictured with her twins, Jamie and Emily, resting across her bare chest. | Photo: Photo: – Mexico y Centroamerica

Kate and David told the medical staff they wished to hold their baby so they could come to terms with his death. Talking to TODAY about the heart-wrenching experience, Kate expressed: 

“I wanted to meet him and to hold him and for him to know us. If he was on his way out of the world, we wanted for him to know who his parents were and to know that we loved him before he died.”

The first-time mom then turned to her husband, asked him to take off his shirt, and climb into the bed so they could cuddle their son together. Kate unwrapped Jamie and placed him across her bare chest, with David joining in to give him a warm embrace.

David Ogg pictured with his twin boy Jamie in the hospital. | Photo: – Mexico y Centroamerica

Soon afterward, something strange happened that startled the Oggs. Jamie gasped and slowly opened his eyes. He then began grabbing his father’s fingers. The couple couldn’t believe what had just taken place. Kate told Daily Mail: 

“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.”

The Oggs then called the doctors, who initially refused to come back and then told the couple what they were experiencing was just a reflex from the baby. The first-time parents shared that he wouldn’t be alive if they had let the doctors take Jamie.

Interestingly, Kate had practiced what Australians refer to as “kangaroo care” with Little Jamie. Thanks to the skin-to-skin contact, Kate made her baby feel warm, which helped revive his heartbeat. 

Little Jamie is grown up now and suffers from no serious medical issues, despite being at risk of developing cerebral palsy because of his harrowing birth experience. The Oggs have also shared the miraculous birth story with Jamie and Emily. 

Emily and Jamie also have a baby brother Charlie, who loves telling people that his older siblings were born skinny and that Jamie was dead at first but is now alive. 

Kate and David have also set up an online community called Jamie’s Gift, which helps raise funds for the Miracle Babies Foundation – an organization dedicated to supporting premature and sick newborns. 

We’re glad Kate and David Ogg acted upon their parental instinct and experienced such a sweet miracle. We hope they get to cherish many more joyful years with their adorable kids. 

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