More than six weeks after giving birth, 30-year-old Amber Scott from Louisiana held her daughter for the first time on Sunday.
Amber's ordeal started on May 22 when ABC reports her husband, Tommy Scott, came home from work to find her nearly unresponsive, moaning, with one eye open.
Tommy called 911, and emergency workers rushed Amber to the hospital where doctors discovered she had a blood clot in her brain. "Number one was to save the baby," said Tommy in an interview on MSNBC, "so they did an emergency C-section right away."
The baby, named Adeline, was born healthy, despite Amber delivering several weeks early.
After the C-section, doctors hurried mom into surgery to remove the blood clot. She then spent the next two weeks minimally conscious, and while she has since improved, Amber still has a long road ahead, reports ABC News.
"On command, she can squeeze her hand, she can give us a thumbs up, she can wave to us — all on her right side,” Tommy said to WDSU. “We just show her pictures. We talk to her about her. We make sure she knows everything that is going on in her day.”
Finally, this past Sunday, Amber had progressed enough to hold Adeline for the first time. "She held the bottle and fed her," said Tommy on TODAY. "She knew what to do right away -- she grabbed the bottle... and for the first time, Adeline smiled too."
Amber will need intensive physical and speech therapy as she works to return to her former life, but she won't do it alone. A Facebook page titled "Amber's Prayer Team" shows evidence of community support and fundraising. As of this writing, the page has more than 10,000 "likes" and countless words of encouragement.