December 7, 1995 in Nation/World

Baby Comes To Life After Doctors Gave Up Hope

Associated Press

The death certificate and funeral papers were being prepared for a severely premature infant when something wonderful happened: He started breathing.

Chase Lear-Carter was fighting for life Wednesday on a ventilator, four days after the tiny boy, at just 3 hours old, revived in his parents’ arms after doctors had lost all hope.

Weighing less than 2 pounds and born 16 weeks premature, Chase was born Saturday at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Hearing only a faint heartbeat and seeing that he wasn’t breathing properly, the medical staff attempted to resuscitate him but the infant did not respond.

“There was nothing we could do except look at him and love him,” father Nicholas Carter said. Then, at 6 a.m., he gasped for air and made a sound. Doctors don’t know why Chase had the urge to breathe.

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