After the birth of their baby girl Rylan, Jeremy and Shelly Cawley now say they believe in miracles.

After an emergency C- section, a burst blood clot in her leg sent Shelly into a coma.

“She had a lot of fluid in her lungs, there were having trouble getting oxygen to her brain, they were having trouble with her blood pressure up.” Jeremy said according to WNBC. “And it just seemed as if she was done fighting.”

After Shelly was in a coma for a week, the nursing staff came up with an idea.

“We knew skin to skin contact is very beneficial to an infant, so we thought why not try it for a mom. “ said staff nurse Ashley Manus, “because the baby…was doing great.”

Jeremy placed the baby on her mother. Rylan went right to sleep.

“We needed Ryland to cry,” said Jeremy “That’s what the nurses were saying. We were poking, and tickling to get Ryland to make some noises, but she was so happy that wasn’t happening right away. Once she did… when she started crying out- I think it really got inside Shelly and woke her up.”

“When we left our shift that night, she was so close to not making it” said Manus.

Slowly, Shelly started to recover.

“I think it’s pretty amazing. It just amazes me that a baby so little [can] have such a big impact.” Shelly said “ They’re pretty much helpless. They can’t do anything, but yet she was able to… Her crying was able to give me something to fight for.”

Emily Abbey is a Salem based student and writer. She loves cooking, coffee, and anything to do with the Pacific Northwest. She hopes to become a teacher, influencing students to write and make a difference in their corner of the world.