When my son was at death’s door, God heard my prayers . . .
I thought my baby was growing perfectly fine until the day he was born. It was March 25, 2003. I was going for what I thought was another weekly visit at 38½ weeks pregnant. My doctor ended up sending me to the hospital that day to be induced because I had developed preeclampsia (high blood pressure).At 9:20 pm that evening, I delivered a 7 lb. 4 oz. baby boy. Everything seemed to be normal. Then my husband noticed that the baby’s stomach was very swollen. He asked the nurse if that was normal, and she said that the neonatologist could give us some answers.
After a few hours of tests in the NICU, they discovered that he had a bowel obstruction and he needed surgery or he would die. At 4:00 am, an ambulance from Riley Children’s Hospital came to take my baby boy. With a lot of tears, I said goodbye to my son, not knowing what was going to happen to him.
My mom called every Christian person she knew to start praying for him. The next evening, my son had surgery. They ended up having to put a colostomy bag on him to let his damaged bowel heal.
Two days later, I finally got to go to Indianapolis to see my baby and hold him for the first time. I didn’t know what to expect because I had never heard of all the things he was going through. It happens to only one in 10,000 births.
For 3½ weeks, nurses trained us to change colostomy bags and feed him through the tube in his nose. Eventually, he was able to eat through a bottle, but he wasn’t keeping much down. They weren’t going to let him go home until he was gaining more weight and keeping his food down. I prayed and asked God to let him go home with us before Easter Sunday. God answered that prayer right on time. We got home at 11:00 pm the night before Easter. That was his first Sunday in church, and I was so happy.
Four months later, we had to go back to Riley Hospital to have his bowel reconnected and get the colostomy bag off. Five days after the surgery, things went terribly wrong. He woke up that morning burning with fever and was swollen all over. I almost didn’t recognize him.
After a lot of tests, they found that his bowel had leaked inside, and he was septic. They sent him to the ICU to await another surgery. The doctors said he was at death’s door. My heart sunk. It was the worst moment of my whole life.
That night, he had surgery and they ended up having to put the colostomy bag back on. I begged God to let him live, even if he did have to wear the bag again. God brought him through again. He went home three weeks later, which is a pretty quick recovery from two surgeries.
Two months went by, and it was time to go back to Riley for another attempt to reconnect his bowel. I was so scared, but I remembered what God had already done. We had churches all over praying for him. The surgery was a success, and we got to go home about a week later with no more colostomy bags.My son is now 2½ years old, and you would never know anything was ever wrong with him unless you saw his scars. God really does answer prayers, and He’s always right on time. He not only healed my son, but He also provided for us financially, as it was very expensive traveling and staying two and a half hours from home.
I thank God for all the people that prayed for us and our son. God can answer your prayers too. You just have to believe and let Him cleanse your sins. He cares about you and what you’re going through.
REAL LIFE STORIES - Chapter 82
GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS
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