Miracle: The Touch That Saved Her Life

first_img“A angel was born one week ago, one that came into this world still and unresponsive. After a mere touch from the palm of my fingers, she yawned and took her first breath of air.”September 1, 2015- the incredible story of a newborn, her mother and how the two are learning to come together has inspired the Daily Observer to highlight the narrative behind this family.The family has asked that their neither names nor location be published.Miracle, as she’s known, was born on September 1, 2015 under strenuous conditions; she is one to two months premature.Her 16-year-old mother Stevenia appeared to be six or seven months pregnant prior to giving birth to Miracle. According to witnesses, Stevenia was unaware that she was in labor that morning. Therefore, Miracle was delivered on a cold ground, alone.“This girl is brave oh,” her aunty Beatrice stated. “When we asked her who the man is that got her pregnant, she can’t talk. Even to tell us that she was in pain, she didn’t tell us. I walked in and saw her straining and helped her remove her pants. I was shocked to see a baby inside them,” A neighbor says that they overheard Beatrice crying for help the morning of Miracle’s birth and decided to assist the bleeding mother and child. According to the neighbor who has also asked to stay anonymous, the moment they entered into the bedroom of Miracle and her mother, they saw what appeared to be a still-born baby lying near her placenta and umbilical cord, lifeless.Two to three feet away from Miracle sat Stevenia, who seemed unacquainted with what had just happened to her body and to the lifeless form in front of her.“I heard that the mother was pregnant but she denied it until her stomach started getting big last month. We were all in doubt until now. When I walked into the room and saw Stevenia sitting up, I asked her what had happened because blood was all around her and her bottom half was naked. In front of her was a baby that came too soon and the mother was terrified of looking at it,” our reporter stated.According to the neighbor, a man no one has yet to identify is said to have sexually molested Stevenia prior to her giving birth. In as much, Stevenia is partially disabled and an orphan, challenges that have caused her to behave reclusively.Since the age of three, Stevenia has been living with her late father’s relatives who have all tried to assist the limping teen. They have been showing support.Meanwhile, at birth, Miracle showed no vital signs, until the neighbor made contact.“After a mere touch from the palm of my fingers, she yawned and took her first breath of air. I tapped her buttocks a couple of times and decided to straighten her umbilical cord that had tangled in her mother’s pants during labor. I noticed that it had a pulse and immediately as I straightened it, Miracle started responding,” she added.At the moment, Stevenia has been trying – learning – to do the motherly things such as breastfeeding, a routine that her aunt Beatrice has to assist in. Most often, Stevenia stays clear of her baby, when asked why, she smiles and shrugs her shoulders.“Presently we keep Miracle in the room wrapped up and heated. We don’t allow anyone to touch her, nor do we bring her outside. The baby doesn’t have anything, she’s everybody’s child since she doesn’t have a father. Thanks to the neighbor who also named the child, Miracle is still living so far,” Beatrice mentioned.In the meantime, it has been a tough week for mother and child. Due to the lack of funds and resources, Miracle has yet to be registered or taken to a hospital for a check up. Stevenia is also in need of medical attention.‘Car pay to carry both mother and child is not available. Secondly, the child is too fragile to move now, so if we had someone to come here and help us look at Miracle, that would be the best thing for us,” stated Beatrice.The family is appealing for immediate help to help keep Miracle alive. They are also in search for food, which they claim the mother’s breast milk may not be suitable for the premature one.Anyone wanting to help or reach out to this family is asked to call the following numbers: 0775886852 or 0777472772. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man City’s world class XI with new no.1, £50m defender and confirmed arrivals

first_imgPep Guardiola has officially arrived at Manchester City.The Spaniard touched down in England on Sunday, unveiled in front of a delighted home crowd.And now that introductions have been made, it’s down to business.The 45-year-old has already agreed deals for Gundogan and Nolito, with more arrivals anticipated over the summer transfer window.So, taking this into consideration, how might Guardiola’s side line up next season, featuring the aforementioned pair and other possible targets?Check out a possible Manchester City XI for next season by viewing the slideshow above. 2. Bacary Sagna (right back) – Sagna may not have been Manuel Pellegrini’s first pick last season had it not have been for injury to Pablo Zabaleta. Despite this the Frenchman stepped up excellently and could remain first choice under his new manager. 11. Sergio Aguero (striker) – There’s no doubt over who will be leading Guardiola’s attack. Aguero is up there with the very best strikers in Europe, and Guardiola will surely set the Argentina international a higher goals tally target for the new season. 11 11 11 3. Vincent Kompany (centre back) – It was a difficult season for the club’s captain, who spent much of his time on the sidelines nursing various injuries. He could miss the start of next term, but with question marks over the ability of Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala, Guardiola will hope he doesn’t spend too much longer in the recovery room. 11 9. David Silva (attacking midfield) – Injury hampered Silva’s last campaign, and given his importance to the side, Guardiola will need the midfielder at his fittest. There are few better players in the no.10 position. 7. Ilkay Gundogan (centre midfield) – With question marks over Yaya Toure and Fernando, a central midfielder seemed a priority signing for Guardiola. The German, who was forced to miss the Euro 2016 finals through injury, provided an update on his fitness at his unveiling over the weekend, stating he expects to be fit between August and September. 1. Geronimo Rulli (goalkeeper) – check out the full Manchester City line up by clicking the arrow above, right – After a season of mixed performances for club and country, Joe Hart’s position as no.1 may be at risk under Guardiola. Rumour has it the club are eyeing Real Sociedad’s Rulli, 24. 11 6. Fernandinho (centre midfield) – Fernandinho established himself as a key player under Pellegrini last season, and with the poor performances of Yaya Toure and Fernando, his work rate stood out even further. He’s almost certain to start under Guardiola. 11 8. Kevin De Bruyne (right attack) – De Bruyne lived up to expectations in his first season at the Etihad, and it’s anticipated he’ll only improve under Guardiola. He’s set for a starring role under the Spaniard. 11 11 4. John Stones (centre back) – Despite a difficult campaign at Everton, Guardiola is reportedly keen on luring the England international to the Etihad. It is understood, however, that City will have to pay around £50m to seal his signature. Is he worth such a fee? 11 11 5. Aleksandar Kolarov (left back) – Kolarov looks set to continue his role at left back next season after another consistent campaign. With his 31st birthday to come later this year though, Guardiola may be looking at alternative, long-term options. 11 10. Nolito (left attack) – Nolito became the second signing of the Guardiola era, and is expected to take the place of Jesus Navas out wide. The Spaniard was at his most dangerous from the left flank, scoring 12 goals and registering seven assists. last_img read more