Amazing Story of a Mother

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When Carolyn Isbister put her 20oz baby on her chest for a cuddle, she thought that it would be the only chance she would ever have to hold her.

Doctors had told the parents that baby Rachel only had only minutes to live because her heart was beating once every ten seconds and she was not breathing.

Isbister remembers:

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 kick started Rachael’s heart into beating properly, which allowed her to take little breaths of her own.

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 color began to return to her cheeks. She literally was turning from gray to pink before our eyes, and she began to warm up too.

The sad part is that when the baby was born, doctors took one look at her and said ‘no’.

They didn’t even try to help her with her breathing as they said it would just prolong her dying. Everyone just gave up on her,” her mom remembered.

At 24 weeks a womb infection had led to her premature labor and birth and Isbister (who also has two children Samuel, 10, and Kirsten, 8 ) said, “We were terrified we were going to lose her. I had suffered three miscarriages before, so we didn’t think there was much hope.” When Rachael was born she was grey and lifeless.

Ian Laing, a consultant neonatologist at the hospital, said: “All the signs were that the little one was not going to make it and we took the decision to let mum have a cuddle as it was all we could do.

Two hours later the wee thing was crying. This is indeed a miracle baby and I have seen nothing like it in my 27 years of practice. I have not the slightest doubt that mother’s love saved her daughter.”

Rachael was moved onto a ventilator where she continued to make steady progress and was tube and syringe fed her mother’s pumped breastmilk.

Isbister said, “The doctors said that she had proved she was a fighter and that she now deserved some intensive care as there was some hope. She had done it all on her own – without any medical intervention or drugs. She had clung on to life – and it was all because of that cuddle. It had warmed up her body and regulated her heart and breathing enough for her to start fighting.

At 5 weeks she was taken off the ventilator and began breastfeeding on her own. At four months Rachel went home with her parents, weighing 8lbs – the same as any other healthy newborn. Because Rachel had suffered from a lack of oxygen doctors said there was a high risk of damage to her brain. But a scan showed no evidence of any problems and today Rachel is on par with her peers.

Rachel’s mom tells us, “She is doing so well. When we brought her home, the doctors told us that she was a remarkable little girl. And most of all, she just loves her cuddles. She will sleep for hours, just curled into my chest. It was that first cuddle which saved her life – and I’m just so glad I trusted my instinct and picked her up when I did. Otherwise she wouldn’t be here today.”

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Muhammad Ali’s advice to his daughters

An incident transpired when Muhammad Ali’s daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were quite revealing.

Here is the story as told by one of his daughters:

“When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day.

My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to.

Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected.

Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell.

Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You’ve got to work hard to get to them.”

He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”

 

Courtesy: Black Dads Rock.

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Stress

Resolve today to either resolve or walk away from any situation that makes you unhappy or causes you stress.” — Brian Tracy

“Nature tops the list of potent tranquilizers and stress reducers. The mere sound of moving water has been shown to lower blood pressure.” — Patch Adams

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” — Deepak Chopra

A love that never dies

I was on the bus on my way to the mall, when a homeless man sat next to me. He saw that I was looking at the bouquet of flowers he held, and told me that they were for his wife because today is her birthday. As he got off the bus, he walked into the cemetery and placed the flowers on his wife’s grave.
A love that never dies GMH. – LoveGivesMeHope.

Repost : Friendship Quotes

Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God’s best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one’s self and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another. (Thomas Hughes)

True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable. (D.T. Gentry)

Friendship takes many years to establish; so do not fall out with a friend over a single disagreement. (Sadi, “Gulistan”)

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. (Oscar Wilde)

Do not reveal to friends all the secrets you possess; they may one day become enemies. Do not inflict on enemies every injury in your power; they may one day become friends. (Sadi, “Gulistan”)

You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends. (Joseph Conrad)

If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world. (Blaise Pascal)

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years of trying to get other people interested in you. ( Dale Carnegie)

True friends are like jewels, precious and rare. False ones are like autumn leaves, found everywhere. (Unknown)

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? (Abraham Lincoln)

In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends. (Joan Churton Collins)

Count your joys instead of your woes; Count your friends instead of your foes. (Irish saying)

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.(Elizabeth Foley)

You are my friend when you can guard my failure, challenge my thought and celebrate my success. (Unknown)

One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible. (Henry B. Adams)

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

A friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else. (Len Wein)

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. (Jim Morrison)

A friend is the person who knows all about you and still loves you. (Elbert Hubbert)

The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right. (Mark Twain)

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend. (Albert Camus)

It is a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his. (Benjamin Franklin)

In giving advice seek to help, not to please, your friend. (Solon)

My friend, if I could give you one thing, I would give you the ability to see yourself as others see you… then you would realize what a truly special person you are. (Barbara A. Billings)

“Stay” is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary. (Louisa May Alcott)

The kindest way of helping yourself is to find a friend. (Ann Kaiser Stearns)

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. (from The Pioneer Girls Leaders’ Handbook)