An Argentinian police officer whose baby was delivered while she was in a coma woke up and held her three-month-old baby for the first time.
Her family is calling it a miracle.
Amelia Bannan was nearly six months pregnant when on Nov. 1 she was in a car accident in which she suffered a skull fracture that resulted in a blood clot in her brain.
She was hospitalized in a coma and baby Santino was delivered on Christmas Eve. At 34 weeks gestation, the baby weighed 4.16 pounds and was in good health, family said.
Relatives visited her every day at the hospital in Posadas, talking to her and giving her time with Santino.
Bannan’s brother, Cesar, described to NTN24 the unforgettable day his sister suddenly came to.
“That day we heard there in the silence, while we were giving Santino the bottle, we heard a low voice, we heard 'yes', ‘yes’,” he recalled.
“To corroborate if she was listening to me, I told her, ‘Amelia, if you understand me, stick out your tongue.’ And she stuck out her tongue.”
“It was a total revolution. Norma lay on Amelia's body, embraced her, and wept tears of joy,” Bannan said. “It revolutionized our hearts.”
Amelia is improving quickly, according to the physiotherapist who supervises his rehabilitation, Roberto Gisin.
"At first she only said ‘yes’ and ‘no’, now she is managing to answer questions and understand commands," he told El Pais.
Dr. Gisin said Amelia can already turn around by herself, move all four limbs and he believes that if there are no setbacks she'll be walking in a few months.
“She keeps surprising us,” neurosurgeon Marcelo Ferreira says. “We hope that at some point, we will be able to see her walking holding her son’s hand.”