Saturday, December 18, 2004

Christmas Miracle

No doubt about it, this is one of the most wonderful Christmas miracles that I've heard in a long, long time:
December 18, 2004 -- The little girl, prematurely ripped from her mother's womb, survived because of "divine intervention," a leading obstetrician said yesterday, calling the survival of the 8-month-old fetus a "miracle."

"Certainly this is one of these miracles where God protects a child no matter what happens," said Dr. Manuel Alvarez, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J.

"Obviously, this was an extremely stressful birth, and we won't know what the ultimate outcome of this child will be as she gets older," he added.

The 23-year-old mother of the infant, Bobbie Jo Stinnett, had apparently been strangled before her attackers gruesomely cut the baby from her womb.

To remove the fetus required cutting open the mother's abdomen, cutting open the uterus, severing the umbilical connection to the placenta, and extracting the baby from the wound, doctors said.

The grief the father of this child is feeling right now is, I'm sure, all consuming, but by God's grace he has his little baby girl. That is a wonderful thing to focus on while putting the pieces of your life back together again. I had serious doubts that this most horrific murder would have this positive outcome for the baby. This is nothing short of a miracle, straight from heaven.