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Baby's cry brings young mother out of week-long coma


Shelly Cawley with husband Jeremy and baby Rylan

A young mother awoke from a week-long coma moments after hearing her new-born baby cry for the first time.

Shelly Cawley in North Carolina had slipped into a coma following an emergency caesarean after a blood clot in her leg forced doctors to operate.

With no hope of waking the new mum, a nurse at Carolina's Medical Centre suggested placing her baby by her side as she slept.

Miraculously, Ms Cawley woke up when she heard the new-born crying.

Still heavily medicated, the young mother can not take her eyes away from her daughter and nods each time her husband asks her if she is happy. 

The family's heartwarming video has clocked up more than 280,000 views on YouTube.

“Her crying must have given me something to fight for,” Ms Cawley told USA Today.

"It just amazes me that a baby so little can have such a big impact.

"One of the last things I clearly remember is laying on the stretcher to take me back to the operating room and telling the doctors that I was scared that I wasn't going to wake up from my surgery," she continued.

Nurse Ashley Manus, whose suggestion sparked the amazing recovery, told USA Today: "We knew skin to skin contact is very beneficial to an infant, so we thought, why not try it for a mum?

"But as soon as baby Rylan was placed next to her mother, she drifted straight off to sleep.  Shelly's husband Jeremy then took it upon himself to poke, prod and tickle Rylan until she finally made some noise.”

Mr Cawley added: "Once she started crying out, I think it really got inside Shelly and woke her up."

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