Jan 20th, 1991. Our daughter is born!
We arrived at the hospital and were immediately ushered into a side room on W……. Ward. It was obvious that my wife’s contractions had started again. After a lot of faffing around the doctor ordered that a caesarean should be undertaken as soon as possible. I left the room to go and telephone my mother-in-law. Whilst I was away, my wife asked a nurse attending her, for a bedpan, as she thought she needed to relieve herself. When the nurse placed the pan beneath my wife, out popped the baby in a little bag. A nurse quickly grabbed the sack the baby was born in, wrapped it in a cloth, and ran as fast as she could to the hospitals baby care unit. It was our daughter!
I remember walking back from telephoning along the hospital’s long corridor when a nurse, running very quickly, passed me, obviously carrying something. When the nurse saw me, she turned her head away. I remember thinking it odd at the time, not realising until later that she was carrying my newly born daughter. Arriving back at the room where my wife was, it quickly became apparent to me that the baby had been born. A nurse was cleaning up my wife and kept saying sorry. We feared the worse. This was not even 27 weeks into the pregnancy! We were left for quite some time before anyone came to see us to explain what was happening. Eventually a doctor came in and explained the baby, a girl, had been taken to the special baby care unit and was alive. They had put her on a ventilator and needed our consent to administer something called a ‘surfactant’ to help with her breathing (They didn’t give her this in the end as far I know). They told us that she was very poorly, had a very low birth weight, and that it would be a miracle if she survived. They asked us to sign the consent form but needed a name for the baby. We hadn’t really thought of any names apart from a few silly ones, so we said call her MIRACLE for now.
My wife’s parents and sister turned up. I asked my parents though not to visit today. My wife was admitted on to the ward. Later, we were allowed to go and look through the window of the room in the baby care unit where our daughterwas in an incubator. We both cried. She looked so small, so helpless. Plugged in to loads of machines there seemed to be wires everywhere.
I stayed with my wife during the evening but obviously wasn’t allowed to stay overnight on the ward, so I just slept in one of the waiting rooms.
Jan 21st Monday.
Miracle makes it through her first day! THANK YOU, LORD.
My wife is a lot better today and the main bleeding has stopped, and she is eating well. We went to see the baby twice today. The first time, at about 1pm, everything seemed fine – as well as could be hoped for. The second time was at 7.30pm when the baby had developed ‘Jaundice’ – apparently quite normal for premature babies. It just leaves you feeling for the baby. Everything else seems ok – I think they’re doing their best. Miracle’s temperature had risen during the night but is now normal.
Fasted all day.
SO FAR SO GOOD.
Dr S……. was back off his holiday and called in to see My wife, then went to see the baby and he was very re-assuring about her.
Lord, we believe You to uphold this one and sustain her. Lord, keep her alive we plead. Let her be normal in every way. We stand against any other influence on her life other than Your saving grace, in the Name of the Lord Jesus. We announce over this one JESUS IS LORD!
My parents visited and we all stayed overnight in the hospital. The nurses bought my parents some sandwiches and drinks.
Jan 22nd Tuesday.
Miracle is 2 days old – PRAISE THE LORD.
Miracle has been taken off the CPAP (ventilator) machine which is encouraging. She is now breathing on her own. The jaundice has subsided a little – so they have put her under a less intense light. She is having 15ml blood transfusion and then a feed of 0.5ml of mothers’ milk about 1.00am on Wednesday morning.
Overall, it’s all quite encouraging. Lord keep this going for Jesus’ sake and in Jesus’ name WE ASK IT (John 14 – Let not your hearts be troubled).
Jan 23rd Wednesday.
Miracle is 3 days old! THANK YOU, LORD.
Lord, we give this one to you. We place her into your hands, Father.
Miracle is still off the ventilator – she didn’t take too kindly having her mothers’ milk though, so they are stopping it for the time being and will try again later. She is having some ‘yellowy’ stuff to redress the PH level.
Lord keep her will to live alive! PLEASE LORD.
Jan 24th Thursday.
4 days old Miracle! JESUS!
Back on feed and up to 1.5ml/hour by the end of the day.
My wife came home today.
Fasted until dinner tonight for her to keep her will to live and to accept the food – Thank you Lord – It’s You that gives her life.
Miracle was weighed today – she was 1lb 12oz – a drop of 4oz on her birth weight.
Fasted until evening meal.
Jan 25th Friday.
5 DAYS OLD! GLORY!
X-ray this morning – put back on the ventilator – still on milk. They put a ‘line’ in her arm. Poor little girl – a taxing day today. My wife was very upset – Lord, for the sake of your holy name keep this baby alive!
Jan 26th Saturday.
She is 6 days old! God the giver: God the sustainer, God the healer.
Saw the doctor today who assured us that Miracle was doing very well. Confound all the doctors with this one Lord. Let her continue to do well and not get any infections or complaints. Lord keep us from getting complacent. Let our hearts be pure before you – for the sake of this one. Lord then let us yearn over our spiritual children as well. The daughter of a friend of ours, came to see Miracle this afternoon and one of our friends came in the evening.
Jan 27th Sunday.
What a Miracle! 1 WEEK OLD!
On the CPAP (ventilator) machine at level 3. Tolerating feed. Her feet look the same as Mum’s – big 2nd toes! Rang in the afternoon and she was being taken off CPAP and oxygen box but when we went in the evening, she was back on the ventilator at level 20. Temperature ok.
Fasted until supper time for her.
Jan 28th Monday.
The 8th day.
Weighed her today – she is 1lb 10oz! Lord believing for a weight increase by Thursday of 4oz to 1lb 14 oz. Still on the ventilator at level 25.
Lord keep her going! Please Lord keep her going.
My wife visited in the evening. The doctor was called – there was bile in her stomach, so they stopped her feed. Also, mucus in her lungs. Prayed against any infection – the nurse took a swab and sent it to be tested and said, ‘she’s got a long way to go yet’! To which My wife replied, ‘I know the Lord will do a miracle’.
Thank you, Lord. Her breathing was better, so they’ve lowered the ventilator from level 25 down to 15. JESUS.
My wife changed her miniature nappy tonight.
Jan 29th Tuesday
9 days old.
Not very happy with the ‘temp’ doctor today, she seems a bit slap-dash. Miracle off the ‘Phototherapy’ – in other words the jaundice level is low. Still on the ventilator. Lord believing for healing. You are working a miracle against infection.
Went to see solicitor again today to update him on all the latest developments.
Sent off a list for the prayer group to pray about: –
1) That God continues to give His miracle life.
2) That God confounds the doctors, as we pray against any infections or complications.
3) Pray against anymore medical mistakes being made.
‘Lord whatever we ask in your name’.
Jan 30th Wednesday.
Miracle is 10 days old! PRAISE GOD!
She is breathing air – but still on the ventilator. Changed the drug Aminophylline from intravenous to her feed tube. Temp ok. Generally, very stable – Lord keep it up, thank you. On 4ml of milk per hour by the end of the day. Weighed her again today and she’s put on 10grams! Thank you, Lord. She’s now 760gms. She was born 920gms, then went down to 750gms, and is now 760gms!
Jan 31st Thursday.
11 days old.
Still on ventilator at level 20 but on air. Weighed her again and she is 795gms an increase of 35gms! Thank you, Lord! Tolerating milk. We saw Dr H today and asked various questions. He commented that she had done remarkably well! (Little does he know). Lord, continue Your work on her.
12 days old!
Lord keep us diligent in prayer even though all is going well. ‘It is at the time your defences are down that the enemy strikes’. Lord protect her.
Miracle is off the ‘drip’ and the ‘line’ in her arm has been taken out. She is now on her mother’s milk for food totally. Up to 7ml tonight. PLEASE LORD KEEP THIS ONE!
13 days old! Thank you, Lord! She’s yours Lord!
Moved from room 5 to room 2 (staff shortages), everything else moving on a pace. Fasted all day incl. no tea until we prayed with her late at night. My wife held her in her arms for the first time. They took her out of the incubator, still linked up to the ventilator, and put her into her mother’s arms for about 5 mins.
Mum’s first hug
Sunday 3/2/91 MIRACLE IS 2 WEEKS OLD! THANK YOU, FATHER.
She had a slight hiccup today when the tube into her lungs became blocked and her levels started to drop dramatically. But they managed to sort her out and she seems to have recovered okay.
Lord continue to give your life.
Monday 4/2/91 JESUS IS LORD!
Lots of tests on her today! They’re thinking she might have an infection! She has been given some extra blood (12ml). Apart from that she’s doing alright. Weighed in at 870gms (1lb 14oz).
Tuesday 5/2/91 16 days.
X-ray seems okay. Lumbar puncture is okay. LORD PROTECT HER. Saw Dr G, who says she’s doing very good but might have a slight infection.
Wednesday 6/2/91. Mummy’s birthday.
Happy Birthday mummy
love from Miracle
Father God, who art in Heaven. You are great! We ask You for our daughter Miracle. Continue to give her Your life. We thank You for the life that You have already given. We give her to You as we give ourselves. Despite our own weaknesses and sins continue to pour Your blessings and protection onto this one. Father, we ask in Your son Jesus name that this girl lives on. We stand against any infection or complication in the name of Jesus. We ask for a covering of Jesus’ blood to be on this one. Your healing grace too. We stand against anymore medical errors in the Name of Jesus. Father it is not through our doing, though we are Yours, we are even now seemingly still not fully alert, so Lord we rely on You Lord. Help us out of our passivity. Father please move.
Miracle is now on anti-biotics, 35% oxygen, but she’s moving on. Lord, we believe for 920gms tomorrow. Grant our request we pray in Jesus Name. Thank you, Lord.
Thursday 7/2/91 18 days old.
Weighed in this morning at 945gms – That’s amazing! THANK YOU, LORD! That’s over 2lb – All the people in our local church group cheered! J Lord please, the glory’s Yours, but we pray and ask that you continue to give her life. We ask for 1000gms by Monday! JESUS!
Her oxygen is slowly increasing – they say that it’s to fight her slight infection, though all her swabs and x-ray show negative. Father, in the Name of Your only son Jesus we stand against any infection now!
All the other babies have teddy bears and squeaky toys with them in their incubators. Miracle has something better. We prayed to the Father in Heaven and asked Him to send one of His Holy Angels, to stand guard over her! THANK YOU, FATHER. BE MERIFUL TO US.
Friday 8/2/91 JESUS!
First time Miracle’s dad has seen Miracle for 2 days (in bed with a bad back!) Her breath rate has been increased from 20 to 30 – this means that the machine is doing more work and Miracle less. She’s taking 7.5ml of milk plus LBW (low birth weight feed). Father keep her safe, keep her growing and keep her for You.
Saturday 9/2/91 20 days old.
Basically, the same although her saturation is low – so oxygen is now on 50-60.
Got to keep fighting for her even when all seems to be going ok! LORD PROTECT HER!
Sunday 10/2/91 3 WEEKS OLD! HALLELUJAH!
Thank you, Lord, for this little girl. (She’s as good looking as Dad! J). She’s going on from strength to strength. She’s still tiny though –
FATHER KEEP HER GOING!
Monday 11/2/91 Daddy’s birthday.
There’s no greater gift than a child.
Weighs in at 1040gms (2lb 5oz almost) THANK YOU LORD.
S P is taken into hospital and is diagnosed to have Leukaemia. LORD HEAL THIS ONE LORD, DO A MIGHTY WORK LORD. YOU CAN DO IT – TOTAL HEALING LORD.
Keep Miracle moving Lord – she’s in Your hands – we all are. LORD, BE MERCIFUL TO US ALL. JESUS!
Miracle seems to have had a setback. Her oxygen level has gone up and they have stopped her feed and put her on a drip of just glucose. They think that she’s got something wrong with her intestines, she passed a little blood and seems to be in pain!
LORD BE GRACIOUS TO HER.
WE STAND AGAINST ANY PAIN IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
WE STAND AGAINST ANY INFECTION IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
WE STAND AGAINST ANY COMPLICATION IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
WE STAND AGAINST ANY NEGATIVITY IN THAT ROOM IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
WE STAND AGAINST ANY PASSIVITY IN THAT ROOM IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
LORD BRING YOUR HEALING GRACE TO HER BOWELS, INTESTINES, HER HEART, OR HER LUNGS, TO HER BRAIN, AND ALL HER FACALTIES, IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY.
WE BRING THE BLOOD OF JESUS TO BEAR UPON THAT ROOM. WE STAND AGAINST YOU SATAN AND YOUR HOSTS OF DARKNESS, IN THE NAME OF JESUS, AND IN THE POWER OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS AND COMMAND YOU TO LEAVE THAT ROOM.
JESUS IS LORD.
Wednesday 13/2/91 24 days old!
Message on my bleep: – To Daddy, I’m doing O.K. lots of love, Miracle.
Dad’s been in bed again with a bad back! They still don’t know what the matter with Miracle is! Still off her food and on a drip. Oxygen level is up to 70% constantly. I think they have fed her too much!
LORD, WE’RE ASKING YOU THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO MORE COMPLICATIONS, AT ALL! AMEN. JESUS CHRIST IS LORD. We love you, Miracle. THANK YOU, LORD.
Thursday 14/2/91 25 days old! KEEP HER GOING LORD!
Still on drips. Oxygen 60% BPM 30. Weight 1030gms.
Father God, how sensitive we are. Lord keep her please!
Friday 15/2/91 WE STAND AGAINST ALL INFECTIONS AND COMPLICATIONS IN THE NAME OF JESUS!
Still on drips. Oxy 40% BPM 15.
Lord, we pray, Father please keep her going. Father have mercy on us, have mercy on us. We’re asking You for our little girl. We dedicate her entirely to You. Lord, let her be a miracle.
Saturday 16/2/91 27 days old.
Amazing! THANK YOU, LORD. BRILLIANT, ECSTATIC! JESUS IS LORD. Back on milk OFF THE VENTILATOR tolerating 2ml/hr of milk by the end of the day. In 40% oxy but 0 BPM – only CPAP. AND THE X-RAYS + TESTS SHOW THERE’S NOTHING WRONG! WOW! A ‘MIRACLE’ LORD. THANK YOU, LORD, YOU’RE WONDERFUL. SO GRATEFUL. NOW, LORD, WE ASK THAT YOU KEEP HER GOING LORD. Asking that she begins to put on weight, and fully develops. WE COVER HER AND THAT ROOM IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS! O LORD, PLEASE KEEP HER. KEEP THE DEVIL AWAY. KEEP YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL OVER HER – JESUS! JESUS IS LORD.
Sunday 4 weeks old! THE LORD IS GRACIOUS!
OFF THE VENTILATOR – just breathing in an oxygen box – SHE LOOKS WONDERFUL – PRAISE THE LORD.
Back on the ventilator – never mind – she didn’t quite cope. Weighing in at 1010gms – just under 2lb 4oz. BPM 10 Oxy 30%
WE’RE TRUSTING YOU LORD, FOR A MIRACLE.
Back on food, slowly increases to 2.5ml. Other than that, not a lot of change – LORD KEEP HER AWAY FROM ANY INFECTION IN THE NAME OF JESUS!
Wednesday 20/2/91 31 days old!
Miracle looks very white today. She’s having some extra blood. They have stopped her feed again as she has a bloated stomach.
LORD, EVEN WHEN WE FLAG UNDER THE STRAIN, KEEP HER SUSTAINED AND MOVING ON. LORD, WE RELY ON YOU.
Weighing in at 1050gms (2lb 5oz) BPM 30 Oxy 25-30
Oxy 35% BPM 20 – still swollen stomach – still no feeds, on TPN and fats.
Saturday 23/2/91 34 days old! Jesus is Lord, NO COMPROMISE!
Oxy 35% BPM 17, still no food just TPN no fats.
She had some more blood today!
Father, continue to give her life, we ask in Jesus’ Name. And in that Name of Jesus, we stand against all infection and command it to leave. We stand against all complications now in the Name of Jesus. AMEN – Cover her Lord. Cause her stomach to dilate, we cover her liver in the Name of Jesus and by the blood of Jesus, and we cover her spleen in the Name and blood of Jesus and command all infections to go. JESUS! JESUS! JESUS! Do it Lord.
Sunday 24/2/91 5 WEEKS OLD – THANKYOU LORD FOR MIRACLE.
Her stomach is really swollen – they’ve done another Xray. Put her on anti-biotics – We’re a little worried. Fasted for her and prayed. Her mum fasted chocolates from Wed to Sun.
Stomach down a bit – X-ray shows nothing wrong- THANKYOU LORD FOR YOUR HEALING GRACE! BPM 17 OXY 35 – still no food! Weighed in at 1160gmx – 2lb 9oz.
Brain scan today! BPM down to 10 – Amen! Oxy 35 – Father, we’re asking You, in the Name of Jesus, that she gets off of the ventilator by the end of the weekend. That her stomach continues to heal and that she goes back on milk. Father continue to be gracious to us and give her your life. AMEN!
Wednesday 27/2/91 BPM 7 OXY 35 – keep going Lord!
Thursday 28/2/91 Onto CPAP (BPM 0) – THANKYOU LORD!
Weight 1210gms (2lb 11oz). PRAISE GOD!
Still not on feed – stomach swollen still. WE STAND AGAINST INFECTION IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
Officially had her registered today! MIRACLE SMITH.
Friday 1/3/91 40 days old!
SHE IS OFF THE VENTILATOR! AMEN. PRIASE GOD. THANKYOU JESUS. She’s in a headbox with 30% oxy, AND SHE LOOKS GORGEOUS!!!
JESUS IS RISEN, JESUS IS ALIVE, JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!
Miracle’s doing fine! She’s looking G D! LORD YOU’RE AMAZING! Please Lord, keep this one alive, and healthy and moving on. We give her to you – we are stewards to look after her but she’s Yours and it’s You that gives her life. We love her and we love You Lord. Please continue to give her life. She’s so lovely – Lord honour us. In Jesus Name we ask it. AMEN.
|Sunday 3/3/91 6 Weeks old!|
YOU ARE GRACIOUS.
Still in headbox – Oxy 38% CO2 a little high.
Lord, believing You are healing her and moving her on.
Weight 1290gms (2lb 13oz) – keep going Lord!
Overnight settled – gases much the same – That’s your healing touch, Lord. THANKYOU!
Fairly much the same. Started feeding her at 0.5ml/hour.
LORD, we want to be effective in all the things we do. One of those ways is in being effective at your throne, in praying for Miracle. We come in the Name of Jesus. Jesus is at the very heart of our lives. Sometimes our own weaknesses distract us but, in the end, the only one who satisfies is You. So, Lord, we pray to You for our daughter Miracle, and ask that You continue to give her life. AMEN!
Thursday 7/3/91 46 days old!
Weighing in at 1450gms (3lb 3oz) – What a whopper!
That’s 6oz since Monday – THANKYOU LORD!
My wife is ill with the flu, so I visited on my own. The nurses got Miracle out of the incubator and let me hold her. I held her in my arms and gave her a little kiss on her cheek – well it made me feel great- my first cuddle – KEEP HER LORD.
Everything basically the same – keep her going and growing Lord – My wife is still ill – Miracle promoted to room 7!
7 weeks old but only just! Miracle vomited this morning and breathed some vomit back in, which nearly caused her to choke- she went purple – but the nurses sort her out – she had to be put back onto the ventilator (30 BPM – 35% Oxy) – her stomach is swollen again, and they have stopped feeding her again – put her on anti-biotics – chest Xray seems ok so maybe when they put the suction down her throat they managed to get all the stuff out! Stomach Xray just shows air-bloating but they’re not taking any chances so put her on anti-biotics. They also did a lumbar puncture and that was negative – just waiting now for the blood tests and swabs.
Monday 11/3/91 50 days old! 30 BPM 35% Oxy
Weight 1370gms (3lb 0oz – lost 80gms). Lord, get her over this one! She was given some extra blood! Back in room 5.
Tuesday 12/3/91 20 BPM 35% Oxy
Slowly increasing her food again. Lord, cover her lungs with Your healing Grace, and cause her stomach to function correctly, in Jesus Name.
Miracle seems quite poorly. She was sick again and her stomach seems to have swollen as well. Although she started the day on CPAP, she is now on 8 BPM 30% Oxy.
Father God, in the Name of Your Son Jesus, continue to work on her, and cause her to go on and improve. Lord this girl is for You and Your kingdom. Please allow her to live and thrive and be healthy Lord. We stand against you Satan and all your works in the Name of Jesus and rebuke you, saying ‘you are not going to interfere with God’s purposes for this girl. She is going to be strong and healthy, and all her faculties will be there and working correctly, AMEN!
Thursday 14/3/91 Weight 1400gms – 3lb 1oz.
Lord, keep her going. Continuous feed up to 6.5ml/hour – still 8 BPM 30% Oxy – Doctors are quite optimistic. JESUS! We’re believing God for a Miracle!
Everything moving on ok. This girl will be a sign to all she meets of the Lord’s ability to intervene into chaos and make something good and whole. Wreaked lives will experience the life of God. This one will be and see God’s miraculous works in men and women’s lives. THANKYOU LORD.
Off all drips, everything going in orally. Up to 9.5ml/hour feeds. PRAISE AND HONOUR AND GLORY TO GOD.
Sunday 17/3/91 8 weeks old! (5 weeks to go to normal birthday!)
‘Tears now bring joy!’
Weight 1430gms (3lb 2oz) increase of 30gms – putting her on ‘low birthweight formula’!
Lord, keep me a humble man, when I exalt myself, Lord take the glory. For I know that nothing good comes out of my heart, only evil intentions. And we owe everything to Your hand of mercy. Lord, it seems an impossibility to do great things in Your Name and yet take no glory to ourselves. Sometimes I think that You have a great breaking calamity in store for me, but Lord, stay Your hand, only let me be humble and give glory to You.
We give to You Miracle, Father, and ask in the Name of Your son Jesus that she continues from strength to strength. We come against all infections and complications or errors in the Name of Jesus. It is all Your doing Lord – we are faithful because we love You. Grant to us the privilege of caring for this one. Amen!
Miracle had some Bradycardia’s today (slowing of the heart!)
Wednesday 20/3/91 – OFF THE VENTILATOR – YEEEEEAAHH!
She looks beautiful!
1510gms – just over 3lb 5oz
Saturday 23/3/91 JESUS IS LORD!
Sunday 24/3/91 YES! 9 WEEKS OLD!
1650gms 3lb 10oz – still feeding through the tube but moved to two hourly feeds instead of hourly. Up to 24ml every two hours. Still needing oxygen from the head box – just in the incubator.
Miracle’s doing fine!
All blessing and honour and glory be to God!
The Father of us ALL. We are Your children.
1765gms 3lb 14oz – Nearly at 4lb – when she gets there I think she’s safe! 26ml every two hours feed.
Sunday 31/3/91 10 weeks old! GLORY: HALLELUJAH!
Monday 1/4/91 WEIGHT 1856gms 4lb 1oz
She’s made it! Over the 4lb mark – LORD KEEP HER MOVING ON. Still needing 25% oxygen – Lord, we ask that you strengthen her lungs to breath normally – bring your healing to her now! In the Name of Jesus!
Miracle breast fed from her mother for the first time – just once.
2 feeds a day on either breast or bottle, the rest still down the tube – Oxy 24%.
Wednesday 3/4/91 Moving on!
Thursday 4/4/91 Weight 1940gms 4lb 4oz! AMAZING!
She’s been taken out of her incubator and put into a cot – WOW! THANKYOU LORD – she looks beautiful! She has a very thin tube stuck to her face which has 2 holes in it. These holes allow oxygen to escape right next to her nostrils – but the amount of oxygen is only very slight!
5/4/91 – 21/4/91
Miracle makes steady progress over these fifteen days. Her feeds moved from being hourly to 2-3 hourly and eventually 4 hourlies. Also, more bottle feeds until the pipe up her nose into her stomach was removed. She stayed on oxygen up until 20/4/91 and then came off of it and managed all on her own. AMEN! My wife went and stayed in the hospital for two nights (Thursday & Friday) to get us use to being with her all day, particularly at night-time. We learnt how to use the oxygen machine as she may need one at home for a while. THANKYOU LORD FOR STRONG LUNGS – NOW LORD CONTINUE TO BE GRACIOUS TO US AND CAUSE HER TO GO FROM STRENGTH TO TRENGTH – Believing that all her faculties are good and right. JESUS!
JESUS IS LORD!
Her weight increases
Monday 8/4 4lb 7oz
Thursday 11/4 4lb 10oz
Monday 15/4 4lb 13oz
Thursday 18/4 4lb 15oz
A MIRACLE! She’s made it to the day she should have been born – THANKYOU LORD – All Glory to You. She’s now 13 weeks and 1 day old, and weighs 5lb 2oz. PRAISE GOD.
Went to TOYS R US to buy some dolls clothes ready for when Miracle comes home as she is too small for baby clothes.
The great day arrives – MIRACLE IS HOME = GLORY =
What an amazing feeling to have her home at last! All we want to do is keep holding her and playing with her – loads of people came to see her. I think even some of the nurses will miss having us all around! She was weighed before she came home and weighs 5lb 4oz.
On her way home
Didn’t get much sleep last night!!!
Took Miracle to meet our pastor.
My wife up most of the night but I slept!!! I got up and fed Miracle her bottle at 8am and had her with me to let her mum sleep in!
Miracle didn’t go to any of the meetings!
Miracle sleeps all day and cries all night!
Health visitor and doctor paid a visit.
Health visitor visited again – we got quite worried in the evening because Miracle seemed to be having difficulty breathing because of the sniffles! But the doctor felt that she was alright – LORD CONTINUE TO MOVE AND GIVE HER MORE LIFE AND STRENGTH – THANKYOU that she made it home – she’s beautiful!
Weighed today at 5lb 8oz
Thursday 2/5/91 to Monday 6/5/91
Moving on ok! 15 weeks old!
Took Miracle to the hospital for a brain scan – all seems ok!
LORD, TOTALLY COVER HER!
A little worried about Miracle’s breathing – we are to monitor her tonight with an electric monitor.
Last night our church group prayed over her.
She now weighs 5lb 14oz.
Took Miracle to the baby clinic at the hospital. The doctor who examined her said that she is doing really well. The monitoring last night was all ok! THANKYOU LORD.
Took her for a long walk in my arms with one of our friends – nice day!
Miracle looks a little poorly – cold? The doctor came out to see her – and she is off her food. LORD, BRING YOUR HEALING GRACE.
Sunday 12/5/91 – 16 weeks old!
Miracle looks a little better today – still has the sniffles bad.
LORD, ASKING YOU FOR THIS ONE – I BRING YOUR PROTECTION ON HER – LORD, KEEP THIS ONE – LET US BE HONOURED AND FAVOURED BY YOU TO BRING UP THIS LITTLE GIRL – WE GIVE OUR LIVES TO YOU – SHE IS YOURS!
Miracle goes to her first church group – she coped just fine.
She was weighed today at 6lb 4oz.
Miracle seemed very restless last night!
LORD, CONTINUE TO HAVE MERCY ON US.
Sunday 19/5/91 17 weeks old! THANKYOU LORD!
Mum & Miracle
Health visitor came – Miracle seems very ‘sniffly’ and blocked up.
Weight 6lb 7oz.
Took Miracle to the doctors because we were concerned but the doctor simply said that is what babies have to put up with! Miracle was ‘dedicated’ at our churches evening group.
Miracle had a panic attack and was gasping for air. A friend drove Miracle and her mother to the hospital. The journey was a bit hair raising (panic driving). I phoned the hospital to alert them that Miracle was on her way so that would be ready, then went and prayed. Miracle was gasping for air and at one point went limp, but her mother was resuscitating her. Later she recovered but wasn’t quite herself.
FORGIVE ME,LORD, HAVE MERCY ON ME!
Weigh 6lb 11oz
Miracle still not herself – staying in hospital for tests and observations!
Looking a lot better in herself but still has the sniffles – 6lb 12oz.
The doctors think Miracle has an infection in her bladder!
Sunday 26/5/91 18 weeks old! 6lb 14oz – LORD-THANKYOU!
KEEP MOVING HER ON IN YOUR MIRACLE LIFE.
Still no results from the tests that she had.
The doctors thought that they might have to stick a needle into her bladder but what a relief that they didn’t need to in the end! THANKYOU LORD – we pray against all infections and complications in the Name of JESUS! THANKYOU LORD.
Doctor says that she can come home tomorrow! Amen! She now weighs 7lb – yeeha!
Never let my heart grow cold
Lord help me to love you with a love that never dies.
Set my heart ablaze with a burning desire
To see Jesus glorified, to see Jesus glorified.
Tuesday 28/5/91 – Miracle has come home! HALLELUJAH!
Miracle is doing fine – a little bit sniffly! Weighs 7lb 2oz now!
Pretty worrying time! Miracle is very sniffly and finds it hard to breathe, particularly when feeding. Generally, she is restless. My wife is pretty worn out and lacking in sleep. It’s just hard not to watch Miracle all of the time.
Lord anoint Miracle with Your peace and with your life. Keep her moving on from strength to strength. Father we You in the Name of Jesus that You heal Miracle of this complaint. We ask that You cause her to be able to breathe freely without struggling. We promise to bring this girl up to follow You. She is Yours, only we would ask, plead, that in Your mercy You continue to give her life, in JESUS NAME! AMEN!
A song/rap I wrote at the time: –
Hey everybody, listen to this rhyme
‘bout the cutest little girl you could ever find
Well, she’s a real beauty, she’s really sweet
Her name is Miracle and that’s pretty neat.
Well, she came into the world with a bit of a bang
The music started and the people sang
‘bout the Grace of God and His miracle power
And this little girl grew from hour to hour.
When she was born, she was only one pound ten
We wouldn’t wanna go through that again
But we got a great God in whom we got faith
Now she’s doing well, she’s really safe.
Well, we took to a meeting just the other night
We thought she might get a bit of a fright
But she ‘raved’ to the music and danced to the songs
Loved by the people and now she belongs!
19 weeks old! THANKYOU LORD – keep healing her!
I think she is slowly improving.
Petrol fumes everywhere! Went down to the Lodge for the day!
Health visitor came – weighs 7lb 7oz
Thursday 6/6/91 Believing Lord for smiles!
Routine visit to the hospital – she’s doing really well! Weighs 7lb 9oz.
We’re still being cautious about taking her out because one or two people around where we live have chesty infections, although we do take her out for walks mainly around the local fields.
Saturday 8/6/91 DOING GREAT – PRAISE GOD!
Sunday 9/6/91 20 weeks old!
She’s a baby
And she’s ok
She cries all night
And she sleeps all day!
We both have immense feelings of love towards Miracle and count it such a privilege to have her! We just want to be with her all the time.
She’s probably the most famous baby in our church (about 1500 people) – in fact more people know who Miracle is than they know who I am!
Now, I’m not referred to by my name anymore – I am just known as Miracle’s dad! “Mum, whose that man you were talking to?” said one little boy to his mother.
“Oh, that’s Miracle’s dad,” she replied.
“Wow. She is so famous. Everyone knows Miracle.”
Health visitor came – 7lb 13oz
Getting a little worried as she hasn’t filled her nappy since Sunday – Prayed that God would make sure she is ok!
Filled her nappy in the night! THANKYOU LORD.
There is a need – baby hasn’t filled her nappy for almost three days!
We pray, and ask, and wait expectantly!
The prayer reaches the throne of God.
God summons one of his angels.
God gives the angel instructions
The angel leaves the throne of God and appears in our bedroom at night!
My wife has a thought: –
‘she remembers an incident when she was in hospital with baby Miracle. A nurse put a little Vaseline on a thermomotor when placing it in Miracle’s back passage to take her temperature. Each time Miracle use to relieve herself. My wife then repeats this and ten minutes later Miracle relives herself. The angel leaves, mission accomplished.
We just think that it is amazing that we’ve got a little baby girl – THANKYOU LORD – We love you Miracle – you’re amazing!
Miracle still seems to be having problems filling her nappy – she seems to strain and be in discomfort, but nothing happens!
Still no smiles from Miracle!
Still no filling her nappy!
Phoned the doctor this morning – we tried the thermometer again but nothing yet.
Miracle seems in more pain but it’s spasmodic – she was particularly in discomfort in the night and did a lot of crying – but she did do a very small mess!
FATHER – IN THE NAME OF JESUS – HEAL THIS LITTLE GIRL – CAUSE HER TO BE FREE FROM PAIN AND DISCOMFORT AND BRING YOUR HEALING GRACE PARTICULARLY TO HER BOWELS, INTESTINES AND STOMACH – WE ASK IN JESUS NAME. AMEN!
Miracle went to her first big church meeting – Sunday evening.
Miracle did a big mess in the night – PRAISE GOD.
Tuesday 18/6/91 8lb 3oz What a whopper!
Father in the Name of your son Jesus, I now ask that, whilst Miracle is doing well, we do not get caught out and lose ground which you in your mercy, have given to us. So, I pray that your mighty protection be on this one – she is yours Lord – AMEN!
Sunday 23/6/91 22 weeks old!
Went to our church meeting in the evening.
Health visitor came. 8lb 9oz!
Miracle is doing really well – it’s amazing!
We took Miracle to our church house in the middle of London.
Took Miracle to Glenfield Hospital to see my Nan (Miracle’s great nanna) who is ill – aged 88y.o.
Then we went to My wife’s parents and then on to my parents. My sisters and their husbands were there too.
Sunday 30/6/91 23 weeks old!
Lord, I want to thank you for all your mercy to us! It’s absolutely amazing what has happened over these last few months We are so blessed now! Thank you for everything turning out okay and our prayer is that You continue to be merciful toward us. Keep your protection on all of us but particularly Miracle. She is yours Lord – We promise to bring her up to the best of our ability for Your kingdom and for your glory’s sake -PRAISE GOD!
Sunday 7/7/91 24 weeks old!
JESUS YOUR NAME IS POWER!
JESUS YOUR NAME BRINGS LIFE!
Health visitor came – Miracle now weighs 9lb 4oz.
Even, O Lord, I petition you for your mercy and ask that you do continue to keep and protect her.
Sunday 14/7/91 – 25 weeks old today.
She is doing great. THANK YOU, LORD.
Routine visit to the hospital. Everything is okay. The doctors are happy with her progress. She now weighs 9lb 11oz. One of our friends has recently had a baby who weighed 9lb 6oz at birth!!
Sunday 21/7/91 26 weeks old! 6 MONTHS OLD! HALLELUJAH!
Ever grateful to you Lord.
Lots of our friends have babies around at this time.
Took Miracle with us for her first time, out on the streets of Camden Town in London. Two friends got arrested for possessing a stolen cheque book which they had found! This meant we were in Snowhill police station until 4am trying to prove their innocence. Miracle seem to cope with the ordeal remarkedly well.
Went to Camden Town again. I sang my Miracle song to girls on the street, who probably thought I was mad, but it touched their hearts, and we had a great conversation.
Sunday 4/8/91 28 weeks old.
Miracle is doing just fine. She is not taking her feed to well, but her mum’s got it under control. Lots of smiles now and a girl we know has taught her to blow bubbles.
Thank you, Lord for the amazing fact of this little girl. More than anything else we love this one. We want her to grow up to love You, and to love us. Lord from the bottom of our hearts we thank you and bless you and plead with you to continue to be gracious to us.
Tuesday 6/8/91 weighs 10lb 8oz.
Miracle has put on 13oz in 19 days. THANK YOU, LORD.
Sunday 11/8/91 29 weeks old – doing fine – Thank you, Lord.
Went to Liverpool yesterday and Miracle cried all the way home in the car.
My parents came to visit.
We all went to Camden Town again. Miracle just melts people’s hearts when we tell her story and how God brought her through it all.
Friday 16/8/91 Super baby!
Lord, asking in the Name of your son Jesus that you bring the strong protection of Jesu’s blood over her. Lord, protect her. Lord, deliver her. Lord, heal her in Jesus Name. Amen!
Sunday 18/8/91 7 months old! AMAZING.
Thank you, Lord. So grateful to you, Lord.
Miracle is into trying to copy noises that people do, like blowing raspberries etc.
The health visitor came. Miracle now weighs 11lb 1oz (5kg). Generally, the health visitor said that she is doing fine and that she is very strong and alert. PRAISE GOD.
My wife is ill and so stayed in today.
Miracle ate her first bit of solid food today, one spoonful of Farley’s Rusk mixed with milk. (I love Farley’s Rusks).
We all went to London today for a march and a rally in Trafalgar Square. Then on to Camden Town Hall.
Sunday 1/9/91 32 weeks old! KEEP HER GOING, LORD.
Took a girl we know to London, and we all had a picnic in Hyde Park. It was a lovely sunny day with lots of people around – and ducks!
Miracle is so alert to everything around her. A little girl wandering along with her mother, stopped and asked her name, ‘Miracle’ we told her, and explained that she was born premature. ‘Is she an angel?’ the girl asked. ‘No, but she has an angel looking after her.’
Health visitor came – Miracle now weighs 11lb 8oz.
Took Miracle to meet her great Aunt & Uncle in Oxford.
Miracle is starting to teeth and getting a bit of a cold. She is still having just a little Farley’s Rusk mixed with milk each day.
Lord, thank you for how far Miracle has progressed and we acknowledge that it is your hand that has bought her this far. We pray, in the Name of our saviour Jesus, that you continue to protect her, to strengthen her, and keep her moving on. We stand against any complications or negligence in the Name of Jesus, and we rebuke any negative thoughts or worries. This one is yours, Lord. Do with her as you desire, only keep her in you. AMEN!
Eye department – Eyes look fine!
X-ray department – Brain scan – also looks fine!
Hammersmith Town Hall.
Sunday 8/9/91 33 weeks old!
Took Miracle back to the hospital for another check-up. Everything is fine.
THANK YOU, JESUS, – THANK YOU JESUS – THANK YOU JESUS!
Miracle now weighs 11lb 14oz
Sunday 15/9/91 34 weeks old!
Miracle now smiles and makes funny noises, can’t quite sit up on her own yet. Has got a strong will which shows itself when she doesn’t get attention.
Sunday 22/9/91 35 weeks old! (8 months)
Took Miracle to the hospital for ear and hearing tests – all came back okay. Back again in 8 weeks.
Health visitor came – Miracle now weighs 12lb 5oz.
PAISE GOD – HALLELUJAH.
My wife and I have been married for 4 years today and we are more than joyed to have a baby daughter. Lord, let us bring her up right – not for our reputations sake or even to make her into a ‘good’ person, let us bring her up for You and your kingdom – this we pray – HALLELUJAH.
Sunday 29/9/91 36 weeks old!
Eating a lot more solids, although she spits everything out except for the orange flavoured sunshine breakfast cereal. Miracle is sitting up all on her own now.
Miracle seems to be playing with her ears a lot.
Miracle is getting the beginnings of a cold.
Stayed at home as Miracle has got a cold and having difficulty breathing at night and when she feeds.
Sunday 6/10/91 37 weeks old!
We anointed Miracle with oil at our churches evening meeting. A little worried about her ears as she seems to be playing with them a lot and doesn’t seem to hear certain noises. WE STAND AGAINST ALL COMPLICATIONS IN THE NAME OF JESUS. WE STAND AGAINST ANY INFECTION NOW IN THE NAME OF JESUS. Lord, we hold to your promise, believing in your word, that Miracle will have no complications. Father, we hold to that and in faith trust you for a miracle in this child.
My wife took Miracle to the doctors. She has a slight ear infection and has been given some anti-biotics.
Bought Miracle a cot today. She is not happy!
Sunday 13/10/91 38 weeks old!
Miracle has a high temperature and doesn’t quite seem herself. She is off of her food – even orange flavoured sunshine breakfast!
Called the doctor out as Miracle is very restless and crying a lot. She is not taking her feed and has a high temperature. However, by the time the doctor arrived she was fast asleep and looked fine!
Miracle wakes up covered in spots! We think that she has the measles. Which would account for the cough she has had, the high temperature, and going off her food. It might even account for her ear infection. The doctor came out again later and confirmed that has a measle type virus and that we should take extra special care of her, which of course we do anyway!
Generally ill with a high temperature.
Friday 18/10/91 to Monday 28/10/91
My wife stays in with her whilst she gets over this virus. I’m at work.
Tuesday 26/11/91 310 days old – 44 weeks!
Well, a lot has happened since I last wrote over a month ago. Miracle got over the measles and she has passed the hearing tests at the hospital.
Weighted 13lb 1oz on 22/10/91.
Wembley has come and gone.
Miracle is now crawling everywhere and into everything. She is eating lots of solid food as well, baked beans and Yorkie bars.
Earlier today she was stung by a wasp, which she put her hand on whilst crawling on the carpet. She screamed, understandably, and her little hand swelled up to twice the size. She has forgotten all about it now and her hand is back to normal.
The health visitor came and is very happy with Miracle’s progress.
Weighed 14lb 5oz. That is over one stone in weight.
Miracle seems to be going down with a cold. At the moment it is very difficult for My wife as we have had workmen working close by, and now have them replacing our roof. So, lots of noise etc.
Miracle has developed a cold but generally she is okay. She tries her hardest to get up and walk but not quite making it yet. Crawls everywhere and into everything but she is great.
Sunday 1/12/91 45 weeks old! Soon be one year. Amazing!
Bless the Lord, O my soul. For this miracle work which You have performed, counting not our sins against us. Lord, even now forgive us and lead us to walk blameless in Your sight.
Miracle still has a cold. She has mastered pulling herself up on the furniture to stand up. Taking her out during the daytime whilst the workmen renew our roof.
Sunday 8/12/91. 46 weeks old.
Miracle is feeling the effects of teething and groaning a lot.
First time that we have left Miracle in the care of someone else since she came out of hospital so that her mum and dad could go out. It was great to out but it so nice to get back home to Miracle.
We all went to visit a friend in Northampton.
Sunday 15/12/91 47 weeks old.
We took the carry-cot pram top out of Miracle’s cot, so she is in there without anything now. Thus ensued a couple of sleepless nights. Well for her mum anyway!
7.30pm BBC – Miracle Smith appears on T.V. along with her mum dancing.
The BBC did some filming at Wembley and included some of these in a programme about the Charismatic Church movement. We had about 10 minutes of the programme. Miracle was shown with her mum dancing on one of the shots.
We don’t currently celebrate xmas.
Miracle is fascinating everyone at the moment by lifting her hand up every time she meets someone, who in turn lift up a hand to her every time they see her.
AND SO, WE CAME TO THE END OF 1991 – THE YEAR OF THE BIRTH OF A MIRACLE. PRAISE GOD.
1/1/92 Happy New Year Miracle – Thank you, Lord.
Took Miracle to the hospital for her check-up – 14lb 10oz – not a vast increase since she was last weighed but all is well, and we’ve not got to take her again for another 3 months.
5/1/92 50 weeks old today.
Miracle has just about stopped lifting her hand up to everyone. Now she is in to waving at everyone. She also joins in with the songs at church, lifting up her arms and just beginning to clap her hands to the beat.
12/1/92 51 weeks old.
My parents came to visit Miracle (with presents) – we all went to Milton Keynes.
20/1/92 The day has arrived – MIRACLE IS ONE YEAR OLD. What an incredible Miracle she is. I just cried. THANK YOU, JESUS. We have pretty much prayed together every day in this last year for Miracle. Whatever happens in life, we ask LORD, that you always look after and care for our little girl. She is a miracle. SHE IS YOUR MIRACLE.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BESTEST GIRL IN THE WHOLE WORLD.
Notes: – copy of letter as mentioned on December 3rd & 25th, & on January 5th & 8th.
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