Nurse Ashley Manus is a true believer in miracles. She also believes in the healing benefits of touch between a newborn and mother. Her inspired idea to place Shelly Cawley’s newborn on the mother led to the mother’s recovery from a coma. Shelly started to get better after hearing the cry of her newborn. “Her crying was able to give me something to fight for,” Shelly said in a USA Today interview.
Shelly went into the coma when a blood clot broke loose during an emergency C-section. Her daughter, Rylan, was born healthy. But after a week in a coma, hope was fading for Shelly until Nurse Ashley Manus thought of placing Rylan on Shelly.
When Rylan was placed on her, the newborn fell asleep immediately.
But after Rylan cried, Shelly started to get better.
In another week, Shelly was awake and able to hold her baby for the first time.
Now a year later, both mother and daughter are healthy. Nurse Ashley said to USA Today, “I’m 100 percent a believer in miracles.” And what’s so cool is Shelly’s attending nursing school, doing what she loves.