Are you sitting down? If not, you might want to take a seat (and a deep breath) before hearing one of the most incredible birth stories you'll probably ever hear.
This past Sunday morning, a 20-year-old pregnant woman in Toronto was feeling ill, so she and her mother ventured outside and attempted to walk to the hospital even though the temperature was below freezing. The woman went into labor along the way, and wound up giving birth to a baby girl on the frozen sidewalk.
Someone called 911, but sadly, when the paramedics arrived, they could not revive the newborn and she was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital. Her body was covered with a sheet, and two police officers stayed with the body until the coroner arrived.
And that's when something absolutely miraculous happened.
Even though she'd been "dead" for nearly two hours, one of the police officers noticed a little movement underneath the sheet. He thought to check and take the baby's pulse -- and she did, indeed have one. At that point, the officers alerted hospital staff, and low and behold, they found that the baby girl was alive.
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She's now doing well and recovering, and we can only imagine how astonished, grateful, and ecstatic her mother must be.
OMG. In a matter of a few hours, this woman went into labor in frigid temperatures, gave birth on a sidewalk, suffered the loss of her baby girl -- and then had her come back from the dead in a crazy twist of fate. Talk about a range of emotions!
Can you even begin to imagine what must have been going through her head when the doctors told her that her baby girl was alive -- before she'd even had a chance to process the fact that she'd died?
Wow. And what if those police officers had not been told to stay with the baby's body? What if no one had noticed she still had a pulse until it was too late?
It's almost as if those two particular officers were on duty that day thanks to some higher power who knew that tiny baby's life depended on them being there with her when she started to move. Call it meant to be. Call it a one-in-a-million coincidence. Whatever you make of it, this baby's entrance into this world was nothing short of an amazing miracle.
If you were this baby's mother, what would you do to thank those police officers?
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