Never give up

The power of persistence is very compelling. Whether it is with someone you love or a goal you wish to obtain, never, never, never, never give up. This story reminded me of this life “truth”.

Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3 year old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling. They found out that the new baby was going to be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael sang to his little sister in mommy’s tummy.

In time, the labor pains came, but serious complications arose during delivery and Karen found herself in hours of labor. Finally, after a long struggle, Michael’s little sister was born in very serious condition. Michael was excited to finally see his little sister, however to his disappointment he was not allowed.

The days inched by. The little girl got worse. The pediatric specialist regretfully had to tell the parents to be prepared for the worst. Michael, however, kept begging his parents to let him see his sister. “I want to sing to her,” he kept saying, but kids are never allowed in the Intensive Care. Karen made up her mind though that she would take Michael whether they liked it or not!

She dressed him in an over sized scrub suit and marched him into ICU. He looked like a walking laundry basket, but the head nurse recognized him as a child and bellowed “Get that kid out of here now! NO children are allowed!” The usually mild-mannered Karen glared steel-eyed right into the head nurse’s face, her lips a firm line. “He is not leaving until he sings to his sister!”

Karen towed Michael to his sister’s bedside and after a moment, he began to sing. Instantly the baby girl seemed to respond. Her pulse rate began to calm down and become steady. “Keep on singing, Michael,” encouraged Karen with tears in her eyes. As Michael sang to his sister, the baby’s ragged; strained breathing became as smooth as a kitten’s purr. “Keep on singing, sweetheart!!” Michael’s little sister began to relax as rest, healing rest, seemed to sweep over her. “Keep on singing, Michael.” Tears had now conquered the face of the bossy head nurse. Karen glowed.

The next, day…the very next day…the little girl was well enough to go home! The doctor’s couldn’t explain it; truly it was a miracle.

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