Doctors told Karen Wollman her baby would be stillborn. The baby was already diagnosed with Down Syndrome and hydrops, a condition causing severe swelling in the baby’s body. After the baby was born alive, doctors told Wollman to expect the worst because she wouldn’t have very long with her child.
When Renner was born, he took one single breath and was then rushed off to the NICU to be kept alive. Almost immediately, the little boy went into kidney failure.
Wollman kept her hope alive just as she had despite doctors warnings towards the end of her pregnancy. She’d been singing “This Little Light of Mine” everyday to her unborn child. As her last wish, Wollman asked to hold her baby and rock him in a rocking chair. The staff brought one to the hospital for her. She rocked little Renner for four hours. It was her special time to say hello and goodbye to her child.
And then strangely, little Renner got better. The rocking and his mother’s warmth somehow made a difference. He survived the day. He survived the next one. And soon Renner was drastically improving. Doctors simply could not explain this turn of events. They couldn’t believe a hydrops baby survived. It was nothing short of a miracle.
After a long recovery, Renner finally got to go home. Today, he is a smiling bundle of joy.
Don’t let anyone tell you not to believe in miracles.