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A Miracle Child is Born
Niagara Gazette ^ | 27 Dec 2011 | Catherine Stack

Posted on 12/30/2011 4:51:31 AM PST by thesaleboat

NIAGARA FALLS — Throughout history there have been numerous accounts, documentation and stories of miraculous events that warm our hearts and spark our souls to the possibility of the unexplainable.

Most miracles are recognized when the majority of us would have concluded that all hope is lost — although I am sure they happen more than we give them credit for.

The more “rules” we have on what is or is not possible, the less likely we are to be witness of the miracles that present themselves on a regular basis.

Although I have heard many stories of miraculous recoveries I have actually had the opportunity one night to witness a miracle I will never forget.

It was my typical twelve-hour shift as a staff midwife at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. On the previous night we admitted a patient, I will refer to as Jane as I did not get her permission to tell her story. We were inducing for labor. Unfortunately her story was not your typical admission to the labor wing.

It was determined by early and multiple ultrasounds by different experts in the field that Jane’s baby did not have kidneys. The abnormality is called Potter’s Syndrome. Potter’s Syndrome is a rare condition in which the baby does not develop normal kidneys and as a result, the chances of survival to the due date are not promising. If the baby survives to term (close to the due date) it is not likely the infant would survive labor. Kidney function is very important in maintaining adequate amniotic fluid levels that help protect the baby as well as a multitude of other functions. At best, the prognosis is very poor.

Jane’s decision was to carry this baby until it passed or she delivered. Suburban Hospital has an outstanding bereavement program to help people in these very difficult situations. Jane’s doctor, nurses from the bereavement team and nursery personal were all very prepared for Jane’s arrival when the time came time to induce labor—amazingly she made it to her due date.

The staff was informed that the baby was likely to die during labor and Jane and her families were also aware of this. Because it would be very traumatic to watch a baby die right in front of our eyes, the decision was made not to monitor the baby during labor.

Here is where the story gets unusual. Jane was admitted at night. Sometimes the admitting nurse draws an extra vial or two of blood in case there is another test we may want to order. The extra tube was set on the counter. Somewhere during the wee hours of the morning, the vial of blood exploded. In twenty-five years of working in a hospital, I have never heard of such a thing.

My shift began at 7am. Jane was in advanced labor and we all knew it wouldn’t be long before she would have to push and deliver what was most likely a lifeless baby. Even with all the preparation, it is so very hard to prepare for this.

Jane’s wishes were to hold her baby and no efforts were to be made to revive or resuscitate. Her labor was uncomplicated and shortly before noon a very pink, beautiful and crying baby girl was born. Everything seemed so perfect, but we all knew that this baby was going to die in a short period of time based on a very confirmed diagnosis. We bundled that beautiful girl up and handed her to her mother. There was not a dry eye in the room.

About an hour later, Jane asked if she could feed her baby. With nothing to lose and wanting with all our hearts for Jane to make the most of this time, we saw no reason not to feed this baby. The hours went by and this baby was anything but sickly. How could this be? Three separate specialists confirmed this diagnosis. I will add that they are excellent, so an error was not likely.

Eventually we needed to take a look at this child. Here’s the miracle. Upon ultrasound, a small kidney was found. When I spoke with her later, Jane was convinced that at the time the tube of blood burst, her baby got a kidney. She went on to say that she had recently lost her grandfather and felt he had a hand in this as well. Jane and her baby were discharged days later and as far as her doctor is aware, years later, the little miracle baby is still beating the odds.

I am honored and feel very blessed to have witnessed this incredible and miraculous birth. I hope each and every one of you may come to witness the awe of being touched by a miracle. I will leave you with a very inspiring quote from Albert Einstein. “There are two ways to live your life — one as though nothing is a miracle, the other as though everything is a miracle.”

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: baby; birth; miracle; prolife

1 posted on 12/30/2011 4:51:37 AM PST by thesaleboat
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To: All
“There are two ways to live your life — one as though nothing is a miracle, the other as though everything is a miracle.”
~Albert Einstein

I love that quote.
2 posted on 12/30/2011 5:01:10 AM PST by thesaleboat (Pray The Rosary Daily (Our Lady, July 13, 1917))
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To: thesaleboat

my miracle? nobama

3 posted on 12/30/2011 5:18:32 AM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: thesaleboat

WOW!! Did the family pray to any other saint?

Miracles do happen - today my youngest daughter turns 14. When she was 5 she had a severe flu virus and several months later developed aplastic anemia, a serious bone marrow disease where the body’s auto immune system attacks and destroys its bone marrow (blood making) cells.

Through the Knights of Malta, she was sponsored as a malade for a trip to Lourdes where Regina took the baths twice- requesting a second bath, which is most unlikely for a 6 year old as the bath water (Lourdes spring water) is very frigid.

To make a long story short, before the Lourdes pilgrimage she was scheduled for chemotherapy at Johns Hopkins to wipe out the bone marrow so it would “reboot” and the white cells that were destroying the bone marrow would be destroyed. She had a bone marrow test when she was admitted - and it came back 90% bone marrow (before Lourdes she had about2% bone marrow) and normal.

We had already started the chemotherapy at that point and the doctor said the test was a “fluke” but I know that he (an atheist pagan) was unsettled. My instinct had been to wait to begin treatment after the bone marrow test because I was confident that she had received her miracle at Lourdes, but the insurance company had specially OK’d the treatment and it was all set up, etc.

Anyway Our Lady continued to look after her anyway and her bone marrow is slowly but surely returning to normal.

PS - Her name Regina is fitting - I had thought about naming her Lourdes, ironically, but my husband and other daughters weren’t having it!!

4 posted on 12/30/2011 5:29:03 AM PST by stonehouse01
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To: thesaleboat
“There are two ways to live your life — one as though nothing is a miracle, the other as though everything is a miracle.”

Wow, I never thought I'd catch Albert Einstein in a mistake; i.e., you could live your life as though some things were miracles and some things weren't, which is how I've been living. Are we sure he said this?

Otherwise, nice story!

5 posted on 12/30/2011 5:35:41 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: stonehouse01
This is so wonderful! I really would love to get to Lourdes, Guadalupe and Fatima in my life, I hope Our Lady continues to watch over your daughter, thank you for sharing that.

Ave Regina - : )
6 posted on 12/30/2011 6:30:28 AM PST by thesaleboat (Pray The Rosary Daily (Our Lady, July 13, 1917))
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I have a miracle granddaughter. The dr did the ultrasound to determine the sex and said, there is no baby. They waited a couple of weeks and did another with the same results, no baby. They scheduled a D&C to clean out the uterus, and in the preliminary ultrasound, saw a tiny little girl. My daughter had been saying the whole two-three weeks, “Mother, I am still pregnant, and I know it”.

5 months later we had a beautiful barely 5 pound precious little girl. That was 9 1/2 years ago. She is small still (petite), but has a voice that can quiet a crowd and energy that never stops. When she was much younger she would be awake until 1-2 o'clock reading books under her bed, playing toys, and some mischief. Chocolate is her favorite food group, vegetables are dead last.

When she is at my house we stay up late watching movies. It is about the only way to get her quiet enough to sleep. She is a darling and the thought of those plans in the beginning to “clean out the uterus” are difficult to remember, but I made many entries in my journal during that month as I cried and prayed and cried out to the Lord.

Madeline is my miracle granddaughter and a joy in my life.

Thanks for the wonderful post!

7 posted on 12/30/2011 6:37:02 AM PST by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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That is amazing, I am wondering how much more often things like your story would happen if people had more faith. Thank you for sharing Grame!

8 posted on 12/30/2011 7:24:18 AM PST by thesaleboat (Pray The Rosary Daily (Our Lady, July 13, 1917))
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To: thesaleboat
Actually, I have another “God's Hand” baby. My oldest and his wife were without child after 6 yrs when my 2nd son got married and had a baby within 9months. Painful, and then 6 mos later they were pregnant again. Even more difficult to have a family dinner. But the fertility treatment took and the older brother & wife were finally pregnant.

I was praying for one baby and suddenly I had 1 g’son and 2 more on the way. But wait. The ultra sound a couple of months later showed twins. All this time I was praying for one baby for them and God was giving them two at once and in 1999 we would be adding 3 g’sons to our family.

Ha, ha, God has a sense of humor. This grandma learned on Valentines Day 1999 that her daughter was expecting. We would be getting 4 new grandchildren in 5 months. How small my faith is and how far above and beyond what I was praying for, or what I could even imagine.

Be careful what you pray for, God just might surprise you. We wound up having 9 new grandchildren in 8 years.

Blessed beyond measure!

9 posted on 12/30/2011 7:47:14 PM PST by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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