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.

Almost a year later and I finally get to meet the people God used to save my life ❤️ #090514

Posted by Shelly Ann Cawley on Tuesday, August 25, 2015


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.

As the night comes to a close, I reflect on my day and how different it was than at the same time a year ago. What a…

Posted by Shelly Ann Cawley on Sunday, September 6, 2015


Happy Birthday Rylan! Her parents have prepared a time capsule for her to open when she turns 18, according to People magazine. And Shelly’s husband, Jeremy, has written a book about the recovery. Such an awesome story!

I love this little girl like craazzzy!!!󾌰󾌰󾌭󾌭❤❤❤

Posted by Lisa Carol Adams on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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