HALIFAX - Robin Cyr‚Äôs fourth child has already packed a lifetime‚Äôs worth of emotional turmoil into her first 28 minutes in the world.
© Metro Halifax/Jeff Harper
Robin Cyr visits with her newborn baby girl in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the IWK.
Cyr, 34, was told her baby girl had died just after being born in the IWK Health Centre in Halifax around 3 a.m. Saturday.
But shortly after getting the devastating news, a stuttering, breathless nurse rushed back into the room to say the baby had started breathing again.
‚ÄúMy aunt was there, and it‚Äôs a blessing because her prayers are very deep and strong,‚ÄĚ said Cyr on Sunday, speaking in a whisper through tears at the hospital. ‚ÄúWhen she started praying, my baby came back.‚ÄĚ
The big baby girl ‚Äď who weighed nine pounds 14 ounces ‚Äď got wedged in the birth canal during the delivery. Once she was born, Cyr lay on the bed waiting, for 25 minutes, for any sign of life.
‚ÄúMy aunt looked at me and said, ‚ÄėYour baby girl‚Äôs gone,‚Äô‚ÄĚ she said, adding the baby‚Äôs body was taken out of the room after being declared dead. ‚ÄúAnother nurse came over, two minutes later‚Ä¶she couldn‚Äôt talk. She was speechless, and another nurse came over and said, ‚ÄėYour baby‚Äôs breathing.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
A flummoxed surgeon told Cyr‚Äôs family that he had no explanation for the seemingly impossible recovery.
‚ÄúHe said it‚Äôs a miracle,‚ÄĚ said Cyr. ‚ÄúHe said, ‚ÄėI‚Äôm very sorry I gave up on your baby when I did, because I turned around and she‚Äôs breathing on her own.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
The chubby little girl ‚Äď with an impressive shock of dark hair ‚Äď is now breathing on her own in the neonatal intensive care unit, and looks like any other healthy newborn baby.
Cyr‚Äôs family and friends say they‚Äôre still processing the miracle that trumped the miracle of birth.
‚ÄúThe way the story progresses, by the time you get halfway through, you don‚Äôt want to hear the rest, you‚Äôre like, I‚Äôm done. This is not going to end well,‚ÄĚ said godfather Nevel Carvery. ‚ÄúThen to have it end the way it ended, it‚Äôs a roller coaster.‚ÄĚ
Cyr had a name picked out for the baby, but said that will likely have to change.
‚ÄúEverybody just keeps saying, Miracle, Miracle,‚ÄĚ she said.
A review is underway to determine what, if any explanation, there may be for the baby‚Äôs apparent resurrection ‚Äď but Cyr says she knows the answer.
‚ÄúAll I can say is, hand of God,‚ÄĚ said Cyr. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs what everyone‚Äôs saying, she‚Äôs here for a reason. God brought her back for a reason.‚ÄĚ