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We knew the bond between mother and child was strong, but today we learned it’s strong enough to wake a mother from a nearly hopeless coma.

Shelly Cawley had to go in for an emergency c-section. During the surgery, a blood clot broke in her leg, sending her into a coma. Doctors tried every option available to revive her, but nothing was working. Shelly was put on the “last chance” ventilator before they tried one last thing: skin-to-skin contact with her newborn baby.

Shelly’s new baby, Rylan, fell right asleep on her mom. When Rylan woke up and cried, Shelly’s vitals spiked, and she eventually recovered from her coma. She credits Rylan, who just turned one, with saving her life.

Read more at LosAngle.

— Sara Olsher