Hope is what keeps us going. When life throws challenges at us, it is only hope that helps us make it through the darkness. Difficult times do not last, as long as you have faith that God will help you make it.
Newborn Wears the Fingerprint of God
Hope. The true meaning of this word was not fully understood by Amy and Gary until the birth of their daughter, Katie. Standing in the corridors where she was born, the couple were informed that their little baby girl was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), the medical term for a heart with a functional defect. This is where the journey of believing in God and never giving up on hope for them began.
After trying for two years, Gary and Amy finally became parents to Katie. In Amy’s own words, the arrival of Katie “completed” their family and they were very grateful to the Almighty for His blessing. But after a short span of 6 weeks, they realized that their daughter was having serious trouble when she tried to breathe. Amy and Gary describe her breathing was “hard and heavy”, and they could see straightaway that she looked like someone who was “drugged” and struggling to breathe. They rushed her to ER and it was found that she already had an accelerated heartbeat rate. A short while later, she was diagnosed the root cause of the problem, SVT, was identified. When they were informed of it, Amy rushed into the room where her precious infant lay “tiny, white, pale as a ghost”. A nurse had already started CPR on Katie, but the sight cause Amy to lose her breath and drop to her knee, praying and begging God to return their baby back. She held on to her faith in God and hopes and asked for His mercy to save her daughter.
One of the doctors in charge of Katie was Dr. Athos Colon, a pediatric cardiologist, who in addition to the nurses performed CPR on the baby. He knew the issue was very critical as they’d been trying to revive her pulse for almost half hour but they hadn’t succeeded. He knew that without oxygen for that long, the chances of Katie suffering from brain damage, even if she did survive, was extremely high. He talks about how her heart was asystolic (flatlining) and that she was technically dead. Katie’s parents were at the same time sitting outside the ER, deciding if they should ask the doctor to call the code and declare their baby dead. It was the hardest moment they both had to face in their lives up until that moment, but were compelled to do so because at that point, all the resuscitation efforts were just adding to the torture to Katie’s frail body.
When news of Katie’s condition reached back home, one of Amy’s cousin felt compelled to visit the hospital himself. Jeff “Amoose” Amato heard God’s voice firmly calling out in his head that that was not the day Katie was to return to him, as soon as he stepped into the hospital. And for some strange reason Dr. Colon too thought it worthwhile trying to keep Katie alive. A few minutes later, the traumatized parents heard someone call out that Katie had a beat! She was alive!
Amy walked out of the hospital and sent up a prayer to God, thanking Him for keeping her alive, but also worried that her daughter was still not out of the woods. That her daughter came back from the dead was a sign that helped both parents strengthen their hope. And it wasn’t just this family that was praying for little Katie to pull through; for a miracle. A Facebook page was initiated by one of Amy’s friends and prayers started pouring in from not just people within the country but from other countries too. So heart-touching was the story, and such is the strength of hope in God that there were over a thousand prayers that quickly appeared on the page. Tall these people, along with Dr. Colon and his team, were praying for the infant to make through the ordeal not just alive but unimpaired. The good doctor knew that the there was over 70% that the girl survived only to have a dysfunctional brain, but he too placed his faith in the Almighty and continued caring for the little girl with all his skill and passion. And all the prayers, all the hopes, and the benevolence of God paid fruit.
Katie was placed under close monitor for 48 hours after her heart started beating. As soon as her condition had stabilized and the doctors had ascertained there was no apparent or big brain damage, they decided to perform a surgery to insert a pacemaker in Katie’s heart. The surgery was a success. Katie was taken out of the operation room and placed under scrutiny for some 12 days to ensure the pacemaker that was fitted in her heart worked as expected. The pacemaker was working fine and there was also no brain damage that they detected! Katie’s parents were on tenterhooks during this period because they wanted their daughter back with them, because she had already suffered so much that no adult person should have had to suffer, and because they were worried if their daughter would survive this ordeal without any permanent damages. After 12 days, Katie was declared to be fit enough to be taken home. Amy still remembers the exact moment when her lovely daughter was placed in her arms. While sending up her heartfelt gratitude to God, she realized that her baby survived because she bore the fingerprint of God.
Dr. Colon still calls her his miracle baby, because he had never come across any baby who had survived without oxygen for so long and did not suffer any brain damage. Everyone believed that Katie was truly blessed, and had a new reason to continue to place their hopes in Him.
Now, the little girl with a defective heart is a healthy 5 years old girl who enjoys dancing, playing softball, with no brain damage at all! Amy still remembers the day when Katie was placed back in her arms after the surgery, but she now realizes that the fingerprint is actually in our hearts.
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Newborn Wears the Fingerprint Of God
At 6 weeks old, Katie was diagnosed with a life threatening heart condition. Her heart stopped, and despite the risk of brain damage, doctors fought to bring her back.Watch or read more of this powerful testimony here:
Posted by The 700 Club on Thursday, June 8, 2017
The true hope is in Jesus Christ! Hope. The true meaning of this word was not fully understood by Amy and Gary until the birth of their daughter, Katie. Standing in the corridors where she was born, the couple were informed that their little baby girl was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), the medical term for a heart with a functional defect. This is where the journey of believing in God and never giving up on hope for them began. Watch this wonderful video and testify God’s amazing work!