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Three months later “stillborn baby” thriving

by | Jun 19, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

preemieCyrGood news—indeed, great news—is always welcomed, even if we learn about it after the fact.

Back on March 8, Robin Cyr was about to deliver her full-term baby. But the baby got wedged in the birth canal. After a difficult, complicated labor, Cyr delivered her nine-pound baby girl around three in the morning.

But she wasn’t breathing. After 25 minutes of frantic effort to revive the baby, doctors IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, thought all was lost.

Cyr explained to Ruth Davenport of the Metro Halifax News that her aunt, Pearleen Shephard, told her, “Your baby girl’s gone,” and that the baby’s body had already been taken out of the room.

“But shortly after getting the devastating news, a stuttering, breathless nurse rushed back into the room to say the baby had started breathing again,” Davenport reported.

“My aunt was there, and it’s a blessing because her prayers are very deep and strong,” said Cyr, speaking in a whisper through tears at the hospital. “When she started praying, my baby came back.”

Cyr said her doctor apologized. “He said, ‘I’m very sorry I gave up on your baby when I did, because I turned around and she’s breathing on her own.’”

Three months later Cyr told Metro Halifax News that her baby girl is “doing everything on time,” adding, “She holds her head up, she turns to your voice, she smiles.”

But the search for a reason continues–according to Davenport, “a review is underway to determine what, if any explanation, there may be for the baby’s apparent resurrection.”

But Pearleen Shephard has an explanation. Doctors were not the only one in the room March 8.

“It’s a miracle, and God is doing his work,” she said. “The doctors took their hands off her. They called it. She was gone. So she truly, truly is a miracle.”

Cyr, 34, had one name already picked out, but decided to change her baby girl’s name. She is “Mireya,” a Spanish name that means “miracle.”

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