The cry of her newborn baby woke a Concord, North Carolina, mother up from a coma.
Shelly Cawley had an emergency C-section just over a year ago under anesthesia and hours after the surgery, she was still not awake.
During surgery, a blood clot broke loose and caused Cawley to fall into a coma, Fox 8 reports.
"The doctors had done all they could and it was clear, they absolutely thought they were losing her at this point," her husband, Jeremy Cawley, told People.
Shelly’s newborn daughter, Rylan, was doing just fine a week after the C-section, and nurse Ashley Manus decided it may be a good idea to have mother and child be together.
"We're a big proponent of skin-to-skin [contact]," Manus said. "We believe it has great benefits for the mom and the baby, and we just thought it can't hurt, might as well give it a try."
Manus was hoping Rylan would cry and wake her mother up but the newborn was so comfortable, she merely fell asleep.
"I was hoping somewhere deep down, Shelly was still there and could feel her baby, hear her baby and her mother's instincts would come out and she would realize, 'This is where I need to be,'" Manus said.
After a bit of tickling and pinching, Rylan finally let out a wail.
"We could see a spike in her vitals on the monitor,” Manus said. “We knew that somewhere in there she was hearing her baby. Rylan saved her mom's life.”
"It was the crying that got Shelly going again, got her fighting again," Jeremy said. "I got my wife back."
One week later, Shelly came out of her coma completely without any complications.
"It's a complete miracle,” Manus said. "There no other words to describe it.”
The Cawleys just recently celebrated Rylan’s first birthday with a glitter-filled party for friends and family.
"I just look at her now and think of the amazing bond we have,” Shelly said. “I can tell her when she grows up that she saved my life.”