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Baby's Crying Brings New Mom Out of Nearly Fatal Coma

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Sometimes, love is more powerful than medicines and machines.

Shelly Ann Cawley, from Concord, North Carolina, had to be put to sleep for an emergency C-section to deliver her baby in September 2014, NBC News reported. Baby Rylan Grace, a healthy girl, was delivered, but during the procedure a blood clot broke loose and Cawley fell into a coma.

Doctors tried everything to wake her, but after a full week Cawley was still on ventilators and her prognosis was grim. Then, one of the nurses had an idea — they would try bringing baby Rylan in and putting her with her mother.

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Cawley meeting Rylan for the first time, via YouTube

We knew skin to skin contact is very beneficial to an infant, so we thought, why not try it for a mom,” nurse Ashley Manus said told NBC News. “Because the baby [was] already thriving; she was doing great.”

Hospital staff and Jeremy Cawley, Rylan’s father, placed the baby on her mother and made the infant cry. The crying, doctor’s say, created a spike in Cawley’s vital signs, BuzzFeed News reported. The spike in her vitals helped to stabilize her, and a few days later she came out of the coma.

They think me hearing her gave my body and my subconscious a reason to fight, I knew that I still needed to be there for my baby,” Cawley told the Fox 46. “I’m still here because of her and I just can’t wait to tell her that.”

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Last week, Cawley and her family celebrated Baby Rylan’s first birthday and the one-year anniversary of Cawley coming out of the coma.

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h/t BuzzFeed

Originally published: September 14, 2015
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