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‘Miracle’ baby who helped mum recover from coma celebrates first birthday

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'Miracle' baby who helped mum recover from coma celebrates first birthday
Amelia Bannan with baby Santino (Picture: CEN)

The ‘miracle’ baby who is thought to have helped bring his mother out of a coma has celebrated his first birthday.

Amelia Bannan, 34, was involved in a horrific car crash a year ago that left her in a coma with serious head injuries.

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The police officer was five months pregnant when the car being driven by her husband Christian Espindola veered off the road near Posadas, in Misiones, north-east Argentina.

Four other officers who were in the car were not injured but Bannan suffered a skull fracture which caused a blood clot in her head.

She was hospitalised in a coma, but son Santino was born by caesarean section on Christmas Eve 2016 – yet she remained unresponsive throughout.

'Miracle' baby who helped mum recover from coma celebrates first birthday
Santino was born on Christmas Eve last year (Picture: CEN)

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'Miracle' baby who helped mum recover from coma celebrates first birthday
Amelia Bannan was involved in a horrific car crash last year (Picture: CEN)

Doctors thought Amelia would never wake up following the terrible injuries she suffered in November 2016, but constant visits by Santino seemed to miraculously bring her round.

On April 16, after five months in a coma, Amelia opened her eyes and began her recovery.

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Local media reported that Amelia remembers everything except the accident and she has been building a loving relationship with her son.

Due to the extent of her head injuries, Amelia’s prognosis was not good but her son’s visits helped and she is now walking again and talking.

Her brother Cesar said: ‘Amelia is getting better all the time. She does exercises twice a day where she has to read and speak. She is having problems pronouncing the letter S.’

'Miracle' baby who helped mum recover from coma celebrates first birthday
Her family believe the baby helped her recovery (Picture: CEN)

‘For us ever day is a miracle,’ Cesar said, recalling that Santino spent the first month of his life in hospital before being taken care of by his aunt Norma while his mother was in a coma.

Cesar and Norma moved to Posadas to live with Amelia and Santino.

The family recently marked the baby’s first birthday on 24th December 24 and are looking forward to celebrating their first Three Kings Day together on January 6.

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