Forrest Gump (or rather Tom Hanks) said miracles happen every day. Although many people might be skeptical about what exactly a miracle is or whether they really exist at all, the following stories will renew any faith and alleviate any negativity with their unbelievable truth and down right joyousness.
It's a new year and the absolute best time to believe in miracles! Why not start the new year off by reading some of these amazing stories of women who defied the odds, babies who literally came back to life from the touch of their mother. These are stories that will lift hearts and minds every where and make us think that Forrest Gump was right after all.
We are so fortunate to have modern technology on our side, every day we learn what is possible and make the impossible real. We are literally living in the age of miracles here people. We never really know what we're capable of until we try or put our faith in another person. Some of these stories are older, but that doesn't mean that they can't continue to give readers some major feels.
Whether these stories are old news or not, they are full of miracles, medical miracles and too unbelievable to be true miracles. So grab a box of Kleenex and get ready to be astounded at these miracle babies, pregnancies, and more. They're guaranteed to make any miserable day a lot brighter and make mommas everywhere thankful for all they have.
15 Born Twice
When Margaret Boemer went in for her 16 week ultrasound, it was anything but routine. She was told that her baby had, “sacrococcygeal teratoma.” Boemer confessed, “It was very shocking and scary, because we didn't know what that long word meant or what diagnosis that would bring."
Sacrococcygeal teratoma is a tumor that develops before birth and grows from a baby's coccyx, the tailbone. This tumor occurs in one out of every 35,000 births.
With Boemer's fetus becoming more ill each day, she was 23 weeks and 5 days pregnant, when the emergency fetal surgery was performed. “By this time, the tumor was nearly larger than the fetus.” The surgery entailed removing the tumor as well as the fetus out, although only momentarily. Once the operation was complete, the baby was placed back inside the womb and they sewed Boemer’s uterus shut.
This strange, yet effective surgery placed Boemer on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy until baby Lynlee was born for the second time via C-section on June 6.
Knowing the risks of the surgery, this baby is a true miracle!
14 Mother’s Instinct Saves Baby
Benji Harrington was born perfectly healthy, or so mom and dad thought. It was his mother that first noticed something strange when she felt his heart was beating more rapidly. Her instinct took her directly to doctors so that they could examine Benji.
His mother explained “To me, he breathed fast, and that was actually something I noticed right away. I asked the nurses, is he breathing fast? Is this normal?”
What they found was a hole in his heart. “Benji had a large ventricular septal defect,” which meant he would need open heart surgery. Still being so small, doctors wanted to wait to do the surgery until he was 6 months old, but when they noticed his growth halted and no longer wished to eat, they knew something had to be done.
Doctors were able to take a small piece of tissue from the lining of Benji’s heart to patch the hole, and he is now happy and healthier than ever!
13 Skin-To-Skin Contact Saves Infant's Life
I warn you, this one is a tear-jerker! Kate Ogg was featured in a video sponsored by Johnson’s Baby in 2015 telling the miraculous story of her twins and the one that “didn’t make it.” When Kate gave birth to her twins prematurely at 26 weeks, she and her husband were told just that one of the twins didn't make it.
Her husband collapsed upon hearing the news, but Kate immediately reached for her lifeless baby boy, giving him her body heat and urging her husband to get over and do the same. That’s when the miracle happened, little Jamie began to move.
None of the midwives believed what was happening and even told the couple “...that the baby was fading and they needed to say goodbye.” But this was something Kate refused to believe, and she continued holding the baby to her chest until he opened his eyes and grabbed his father’s finger, to the amazement of everyone in the room!
“Kate and David firmly believe that the time they'd spent holding Jamie against their bare skin is what brought him back to life. This kind of skin-to-skin contact is a practice known as kangaroo care” and it worked for little Jamie that day.
12 Separated At Last
The media had been closely covering the case of Nigerian twin girls conjoined at the pelvis, the world was already invested with the hope of a successful surgery, and doctors didn’t disappoint. The twins were successfully separated after an 18 hour surgery in a Tennessee hospital, a hospital thoroughly researched by their parents as the best place with the highest rate of success.
“Miracle and Testimony Ayeni were separated at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, after the lengthy operation that began on Nov. 7 and ended Nov. 8”
Without the surgery, the girls would have been incontinent, unable to walk and in need of constant care without any chance of independence. The girls will most likely need further surgery and much rehabilitation, but the surgery has saved their lives as well as given them quality of life, something they would have not experienced together. If you want your heart to melt further, I should also note the surgeons conducted the life-saving operation completely free of charge.
11 Born Under A Pound
Born 14 weeks too early, it was uncertain if a baby so small would survive. Being one of the smallest in the world, E’layah’s chances for survival were slim. Megan Smith had suffered strokes and high blood pressure during her pregnancy, as well as relentless morning sickness. But what was even more worrisome was that her child had stopped growing in utero.
Doctors were forced to perform an emergency C-section when the baby stopped moving entirely.Megan was determined to help E’layah grow stronger, stating, “Our goal since her birth was to grow her as quickly and safely as we could.”
Using a combination of breast milk and formula as well as many transfusions performed by doctors, the very tiny E’layah began to slowly gain weight.After E’layah turned three months old, her parents began to feel hopeful about her future, stating, “We pray for her strength, E’layah is our miracle baby.”
10 Building A Heart
Isaac Tymchuk, now a healthy toddler, was born with serious heart defects. Thanks to two surgeries at the Alberta Heart Institute, Isaac is now able to do many things his parents never thought possible!
An ultrasound had revealed Isaac’s heart abnormality, “a severe narrowing of his aortic valve that was inhibiting the growth of the left ventricle.” Just days after his birth, Isaac was to receive a two-part heart operation and this operation was only to prepare him for further surgery five months later.
The high-risk surgery was a success, but there were definitely risks involved when having “to reconstruct almost the whole heart.” Isaac will be on blood thinners for the rest of his life, and will require surgery once more at some point, but the parents are thrilled to see their toddler having a happy healthy life, even keeping them on their toes with how quick he can be at times.
9 Born Inside The Amniotic Sac
This next medical miracle went viral when the baby was born inside his amniotic sac! It is extremely rare to see an amniotic sac still fully intact outside of the body, since typically the water breaks before that can happen. Even stranger is to witness the baby still receiving oxygen from the placenta.
What a sight that must have been for doctors, this small window into the miracle of birth is far superior to an ultrasound of any kind!
Baby Silas “was seconds old and still in the water bag, with the placenta and umbilical cord tucked inside.” After snapping a quick photo of this rare occurrence, the doctor removed Silas from the amniotic sac. Silas’s mother said, “It was really cool to see. When I heard that was actually really rare I was like ‘oh my gosh you’re a special little baby.“
Delivered 3 months prematurely via cesarean, this little one truly is a medical miracle, with a birth like none other!
8 Smallest Baby In The World
Born at just 25 weeks, little Emilia Grabarczyk was born via caesarean section. “She measured 22 centimetres and weighed just eight ounces; at 25 weeks a healthy baby would typically weigh around three times that amount. Her foot was just an inch long.” This marks her as the smallest baby to survive such an early delivery.
The issue was that mom’s placenta was not providing Emilia with enough nutrition and without a caesarean, she would not have made it at all. Her survival rate was slim to none, but baby Emilia pulled through thanks to Dr. Gharavi’s efforts.
“There were many difficult days and many tears, but she clearly wanted to survive,” said the very thankful mother, Sabine.
Emilia is now over a year and a healthier size, with no signs of behavioural or learning difficulties that can exist with an early birth. She is getting stronger everyday.
7 Her Heart Developed Outside Her Chest
Little Kieran was born with her heart outside her chest. She suffers from ectopia cordis, a condition where heart, liver and intestines grow outside the body.
Spotting the condition early on in ultrasounds, doctors decided to create a 3D model of Kieran’s body so that they could prepare for surgery as soon as little Kieran was born. They would have to reconfigure her entire body in a lengthy surgery.
Kieran was born via emergency C-Section, and as soon as she arrived, just as discussed, 6o different doctors swooped in to perform the lifesaving surgery.
Caitlin, Kieran’s mother had to wait hours before she could hold her baby. She recalls: “That was maybe one of the hardest things. I didn't see her when she was born. I had to tell the doctors to just take her as soon as they possibly could to give her the best chance. It was hard but it was what we had to do."
"It took them five hours to put her heart back into her chest. It is not a long time given how complicated the surgery is but it felt like a lifetime to us. We just wanted to know she was ok.”
Little Kieran will need more surgery in the future, but doctors as well as her parents are so impressed with her progress, calling her “a laid back, happy and wonderful baby.”
6 First Successful Ovarian Transplant
Ouarda Touirat is the first woman in the world to give birth following a successful ovarian transplant. When she finally cradled her new-born baby, Tamara, she exclaimed: "It is what I have always wanted."
Cancer treatments would have left Touirat infertile if it wasn’t for the one ovary they removed and froze before she began the cancer treatments. Seven years later, once declared cancer-free the tissue was thawed and transplanted back into her body, and five months after that “...her menstrual cycle was restored and in January she became pregnant after conceiving naturally.”
When news of her pregnancy broke in June, she said: "I am ecstatic. I am over the moon. I can hardly wait."
“For Ms Touirat, 32, the birth marks the end of seven years of hope and despair.”
"I was crying at first, it's ... a big miracle," she said with her husband, Malike, 40, at her side.
5 Born With No Nose
Little medical miracle Eli Thompson was born without a nose! An extremely rare occurrence as it “affects fewer than 40 other people around the world.” The condition is called congenital arhinia, and doctors barely noticed Eli’s condition at first.
It was only when Eli’s mother held him for the first time that she noticed and exclaimed “‘something’s wrong!” the doctors proceeded to tell her, “No, he's perfectly fine.” Healthy yes, but as the mother pointed out, “He doesn't have a nose!”
Mother, Brandi McGlathery, reported that not having a nose “...didn’t faze him at all.” He immediately started breathing through his mouth after he was born and had a tracheotomy at only 5 days old. Little baby Eli is a very happy baby.
Eli will be able to have surgery to rebuild his nasal passageways when he reaches puberty, mostly because his mother wants to “spare him any unnecessary facial surgeries,” which are very big surgeries for such a tiny guy. Brandi doesn’t mind, "We think he's perfect the way he is.”
4 Womb Transplant Results In Pregnancy
This story really puts a whole new spin on the term “charitable donation.” Malin Stenberg, had dreamt of starting a family, but being born with a rare genetic condition called Rokitansky Syndrome, where she has neither a vagina nor uterus, she knew that bearing her own children was not in the cards, until Malin became involved in a research project for those suffering with Rokitansky Syndrome.
The research was to determine if a donor uterus would be possible. Another problem posed would be finding someone to donate their uterus to Malin. Luckily, a friend of the family agreed. 61-year-old Ewa Rosen, donated her uterus to Stenberg for the procedure.
After the uterus was implanted, Malin was having regular periods for the first time and was pregnant within the year. “Stenberg’s donor uterus was removed after Vincent was born, as doctors planned. Today, Stenberg, Nilsson and their miracle baby are healthy and loving life.”
3 In Vitro Fertilization Results In Triplet Miracle
Liz Brewer, the mother of two, was thrilled when she learned she was pregnant again, this time with triplets. Her excitement, however, was not shared by doctors who urged her to abort the twins so that the third child would have a better chance of survival. Their concern rose from the set of twins Brewer had been pregnant with previously, unfortunately only one had survived.
The process they urged her to undergo is called Selective Reduction, a common procedure for those using InVitro fertilization and ending up with multiples.
Brewer adds, “They asked if we would be able to cope with three babies, but that’s not something that even crossed our minds. I couldn’t give up. I was blessed with three babies.”
After losing a child, Brewer couldn’t even fathom the Selective Reduction procedure and instead decided to give all three babies a chance at life, and live they did! All three are happy and healthy.
2 Frozen Ovary Gives Woman Chance At Motherhood
Moaza Al Matrooshi was only nine years old when she had an ovary removed and preserved before undergoing chemo for a rare blood disorder. The University of Leeds kept it frozen until Moaza was ready to use it.
Moaza went into menopause in her early twenties after her remaining ovary was damaged from the many treatments used to cure her disorder, but once she had been cured and cleared, her fertility was restored by transplanting the preserved tissue back into her body. The University explained, “Following her transplant her hormone levels began returning to normal, she began ovulating and her fertility was restored.”
After being through so much, Moaza was over the moon when she discovered she was pregnant, exclaiming, "It's like a miracle. We've been waiting so long for this result -a healthy baby."
This ground-breaking procedure is only the second successful case, but it leaves high hopes for preserving fertility for many women in the future.
1 Twins Conceived At Different Times
After giving birth to her twin girls, Kate Hill discovered something quite unique. The girls were born at different sizes and weights, and although they were born the same day, it appears that Kate had conceived them at different times due to a rare condition she had no idea she had!
This occurred when Kate released an egg that was fertilized, and then 10 days later, although she was already pregnant, Kate continued ovulating and released another egg, which was then fertilized by sperm that had survived inside her reproductive system. This rare phenomenon is called superfetation, there are only about a dozen documented cases around the world.
The odds were already against Kate and a double conception, she had previously been told she might never become pregnant due to a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome which blocks ovulation. Turns out strange medical enigma’s can turn out to be mini miracles, two to be exact.