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"Our Singing Really Helped." Parents Claim Music Helped Their Son Born Without A Heartbeat To Recover When They Didn't Have Much Hope

Date July 30, 2019 14:38

A lot of complications can occur during pregnancy, which can affect the health of the baby even after birth. One of such difficulties is placental abruption.

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This happens suddenly and if left untreated can affect not only the baby but the mother.

The placenta usually develops in the uterus during pregnancy and supplies the baby with oxygen and needed nutrients.

However, when the placenta partially or completely separates from the uterus wall, the baby's supply is blocked. This condition is referred to as placental abruption.

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Symptoms include; vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, back pain, and blood clotting problems.

Music saved our son

Riva and John Christain Jose met and fell in love as members of the Philippine Madrigal Singers (Madz). In August 2018, Riva found out she was pregnant, and it was not an easy pregnancy as she suffered from subchorionic hemorrhage.

She was also diagnosed with gestational diabetes. To worsen it all, after 40 weeks, Riva was still pregnant.

However, in April 2019, her water broke. Riva hurriedly woke her husband up, but something was wrong.

Instead of water, Riva was gushing out blood. She was so afraid that something had gone wrong.

Her husband rushed her to the hospital where the doctors had to perform a C-section on her. Upon delivery, the doctors informed her husband that their baby had inhaled blood from the womb and was born without a heartbeat.

Their baby, Popo was diagnosed with, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, a type of brain injury caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain. This happened as a result of placental abruption.

Thankfully, the doctors were able to revive little Popo, though he had to stay at the NICU. It was during his stay that Riva and JC started singing for their son. The doctors upon hearing their voices encouraged them to keep singing as it was helping with his development.

They sang different songs like, 'Someone's Waiting for You,' 'As a Child, I Loved You.' To their surprise, the music worked wonders.

Popo, who was proposed to stay in NICU for three weeks, was discharged in seven days!

While speaking to Smart Parenting, Riva said:

"I can say that our singing really helped Popo or at least contributed significantly to his recovery."

Preventing Hypoxic-Ischemic encephalopathy

It must be understood that this condition is as a result of oxygen deprivation. How then can you best prevent it?

  • Regular prenatal testing;
  • Proper prenatal and neonatal care;

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  • Fetal heart rate monitoring;

For parents, Riva and John Christain Jose, it was a miracle that their baby boy survived, and sometimes, these 'miracles' come in the most unexpected way!