Skip to comments.Doctors gave my 20oz baby up for dead ... but I saved her life with this cuddle
Posted on 12/07/2007 2:09:23 PM PST by rawhide
It was to be the one and only cuddle Carolyn Isbister would have with her tiny, premature daughter.
Rachael had been born minutes before - weighing a mere 20oz - and had only minutes to live. Her heart was beating once every ten seconds and she was not breathing.
As doctors gave up, Miss Isbister lifted her baby out of her hospital blanket and placed her on her chest.
She said: "I didn't want her to die being cold. So I lifted her out of her blanket and put her against my skin to warm her up. Her feet were so cold.
"It was the only cuddle I was going to have with her, so I wanted to remember the moment." Then something remarkable happened. The warmth of her mother's skin kickstarted Rachael's heart into beating properly, which allowed her to take little breaths of her own.
Miss Isbister said: "We couldn't believe it - and neither could the doctors. She let out a tiny cry.
"The doctors came in and said there was still no hope - but I wasn't letting go of her. We had her blessed by the hospital chaplain, and waited for her to slip away.
"But she still hung on. And then amazingly the pink colour began to return to her cheeks.
"She literally was turning from grey to pink before our eyes, and she began to warm up too."
Four months later, Rachael was allowed home weighing 8lb - the same as a newborn baby - and she has a healthy appetite.
Doing well: Carolyn Isbister at home with Rachael
The baby looks like the photographer has done something absolutely horrifying in the second picture.
Thanks - I love a happy ending!
Guys aren’t supposed to get watery eyes, but that is a tear jerker- in a good way.
ping, you have to come read this.
Mother know best bump
Awesome story. Except it does something to my glasses, they’re kinda foggy.
Why the smart money is on Duncan Hunter
Mommy's warmth, mommy's and daddy's love, the sound of mommy's heartbeat, and the providence of God! Powerful and awesome!
Great post...glad I saw it!
Amazing. God is good.
Wonderful. The baby looks a little surprised, though. :)
Y’all will want to see this!
Doctors should never second guess life or the will to live.
Seriously though, cool story.
The LOVE of a Mommy.........
Thank you Lord!!!!!
Thanks for the ping BG. Thanks for the post RH. Way to go momma! She knew what to do. These stories are making me cry today.
Just read the rest of the story. How horrible the docs over there were ready to give up on her. Maybe it’s a good thing they did in this case though. If they had done all their poking and proding initially, maybe she wouldn’t have made it. Hard to say.
You would think the doctors would have a clue that the baby was cold, or would at least suggest dong what the mother did as a “last resort”. Oy.
I meant to type “doing” in the last post.
Oh, how breathtaking, how beautiful!
Hope they got MARRIED!!
Thanks for some good news! Very heartwarming in more ways than one!
WOW! What an absolutely amazing, incredible story!
Amen! Thank You, our Loving Lord and King!
A miracle along with the love of a mother and the response from the baby. God bless them all. What a wonderful Christmas for them.
Precious Sweet Baby...Our Creator gave us those precious babies...
The love of a mother and father for their child.
Faith in God and prayer.
You can’t beat it. You JUST CAN’T BEAT IT.
Can never honestly understand how people who have no faith can even make it through a day. Faith brings us all around. This family is blessed and we hope they have a very Merry Christmas and many more to come with their own Christmas Tree Angel!!! God bless all of them.
My husband said just that right now. He said Drs shouldn’t be so quick to just toss a life aside so blatantly. Give it a chance. This baby is proof of love and parenting.
Our little 2-1/2 lb granddaughter was hooked up to all the bells and whistles in NICU, but as soon as they could, the nurses did the same thing for our daughter...
...they took little Jellybean out of the incubator and pressed her up against our daughter's skin to be cuddled, this like this woman.
Jellybean thrived!...and tomorrow turns 3!
Why didn’t they have little warm booties on her? Why not one of those little knit hats too?
Talk about ‘The right to life’ and it only took a little warmth! Beautful story and thanks for sharing this!
Lime green mohawk?
This is an amazing story but it reminds me of a friend, now in her 70s who was born at home and weighed less than 2 pounds.
Happy birthday to your little one.
What a great photo!!!
It sure is. I am think God & his angels were looking out for this baby.
Boy if this doesn’t make you believe... nothing will!!
Thanks for ending my day with a smile....or I should say another one. As I type, a very special little boy is sound asleep dead center in my bed!! Who cares??? I’d give up my world for him.... Another child who was given less than a 10% chance of survival. But with God’s mercy and the prayers of a nation, Logan is testament to love and prayer.
Nana, you know the center of the bed is the best spot!! lol.
Sending love and hugs to your little bed hog! : )
What an great story ... thanks for the ping
Congrats to Mom & Baby.
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