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Mum saves premature baby with kiss of life

Pippa Reed saved her son’s life after he was born 12 weeks premature

Posted: 29 May 2012
by Sophie Westnedge
Baby Jacob weighed just 2lb 10.5oz when he was born

A mother saved her premature baby with the kiss of life when he stopped breathing in intensive care, reports the Daily Mail.

Former St John Ambulance member Pippa Reed resuscitated 12-week-old Jacob after he stopped breathing under sedation while he awaited an MRI scan to check his brain function.

“Within 15 or 20 minutes of him being sedated he almost stopped breathing and his lips went blue,” Pippa said.

“I gave him the kiss of life. It was an immediate reaction. My little boy needed help and I had air in my lungs and just gave it to him,” she said.

“I knew what I had to do and I did it. If I had not it would probably have been worse,” she said.

Nurses rushed to Jacob’s aid and gave him oxygen to stabilise him. He is now being treated for a chest infection and is being monitored in an oxygen filled incubator on the neonatal ward.

“I’m heartbroken it’s happened but with time he will get better, I know he will,” Pippa said.

“It’s just mother’s intuition. I can’t put my finger on it,” she said.

Baby Jacob was born 12 weeks early, at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, weighing just 2lb 10.5oz and was given only a three percent chance of survival. Jacob has since been transferred to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital. Despite an umbilical hernia and liver problems, he now weighs 5lb 9oz.

“That such a little person can go through all this and still fight on is incredible,” said Pippa.

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