A mother stunned doctors when she reportedly woke up from a 23-day coma the moment her newborn son was placed in her arms.
da Silva, 28, who suffers from epilepsy, had a seizure while 37 weeks
pregnant, which she claims was triggered by a heated argument with her
Since the seizure could kill both mother and her unborn
baby, doctors sedated her and delivered her son Victor via an emergency
medics to place Mrs da Silva in a medically-induced coma to stabilise
her, while 4.6lbs (2.1kg) Victor was taken to intensive care.
spending weeks unable to move or communicate, nurse Fabíola Sá
suggested placing Victor on Mrs da Silva’s chest, which immediately
caused her heart rate to quicken and tears to cascade down her face.
da Silva, from Fortaleza, North East Brazil, slowly started to improve
until, 20 days after she first held her son, the pair were finally able
to go home.
‘We don’t have a scientific answer to what happened
but it’s evident we should never underestimate the importance of
skin-to-skin contact between mother and child,’ Ms Sá said.
da Silva, who has no memory of giving birth, said: ‘The first thing I
remember was having Victor in my arms, seeing his little head and
smelling his lovely scent.
‘It was an amazing situation but at the same time confusing.
‘I asked my dad if the baby was mine. I put my hand on my belly and realised I was no longer pregnant.’
Sá, an intensive care nurse at Ceara’s Assis Chateubriand Maternity
Hospital, where Victor was born, said: ‘Her response was immediate.
‘After 23 days in a coma her reaction was inexplicable.’
‘We never expected such a quick change and everyone in the medical team wept with happiness and relief.’
da Silva, who also has a four and two-year-old, was rushed to hospital
with an acute seizure while around nine months pregnant.
The convulsions threatened both of their lives due to the low amount of oxygen reaching her brain and womb.
Doctors therefore performed a C-section, which led to her being placed in a coma.
was born with a weak immune system and respiratory problems due to the
medication his mother had been taking to stabilise her epilepsy during
He was therefore sent straight to neonatal care where he stayed for six days before going to a semi-intensive care unit.
Mrs da Silva was transferred to intensive care where she remained in a deep coma.
The young mother later managed to open her eyes but was unable to respond or react to any communication.
Carlos Alencar said: ‘Just over a week after she was admitted to
hospital we began removing the sedatives that kept her asleep, but she
didn’t respond as we expected.
‘Although all the exams testified she had a good neurological response, she didn’t move.
applied pain stimuli, but she didn’t react. The exams showed brain
activity, but the areas of activity weren’t responding to anything
specific, not even to the voices of relatives.
‘She didn’t move her arms, legs or anything.’
medical team were running out of ideas and were on the verge of sending
her to another health facility when nurse Ms Sá suggested putting Mrs
da Silva and her son together.
Due to Mrs da Silva being
motionless and unable to hold her child, Ms Sá wrapped the new mother’s
arms around her son, cradling him on her chest.
surprise, the moment the baby was placed ‘skin-to-skin’, the unconscious
Mrs da Silva’s heart rate quickened, and she started crying and
started pouring down her cheeks. It was a cry of love,’ Ms Sá said.
‘More than that it was a cry that said: “I’m still here, I’m alive, I want to live”.
Source: Daily Mail UK