Yesterday, another heart warrior was born. The doctors are already calling Clara Ray a miracle.
During her mother’s pregnancy, the doctors saw a combination of heart defects they had never before encountered at Boston Children’s hospital. Although they had seen each defect individually, they had never seen all of the problems occur in one baby.
Clara had a full heart block, a complete unbalanced AV canal, Hetetotaxy syndrome, and hydrops, among other defects.
She wasn’t expected to live past 20 weeks, and of course, the doctors offered her parents an abortion. Her brave and faithful parents, Johanna and Craig, refused the abortion and started to pray.
It was soon after this that Johanna found Matthew’s story with an internet search, and contacted me. It has been incredible to watch their journey, celebrating each milestone with them. When Clara’s heart was still beating at 28 weeks, she had already proved the doctors wrong. Then came 30 weeks, then 35, and Clara still held on. She was born early yesterday morning at 38 weeks, weighing 6 lbs, 9.6 oz.
Clara is not out of the woods yet, and still needs our prayers. She will most likely need a pacemaker soon, and open heart surgeries after that.
Johanna and Craig’s faith is strong, and they have continued to pray, giving God all the credit for each and every step along their journey. We are so thankful that she is finally in her Mommy and Daddy’s arms, and we praise God for this miraculous little fighter and the gift of new life.
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