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Topic: Birth (infancy) (08/20/09)
- TITLE: Baby Kloey
By Mary Alice Bowles
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She entered my life on October 11th at 2:18 in the afternoon. As I looked down into the face of my little baby Kloey, I knew that she was definitely a kiss from heaven. Her dark eyes and that creamy complexion, with ringlets of baby curls all over her perfectly shaped head made me think she was special ordered just for me.
I held her tiny face next to mine and nuzzled her soft baby cheek. I could feel those little pink fingers caressing my breast and then suddenly it hit me like a bolt of lightening, I am a mommy! In two days I will be taking this special delivery home with me.
I have learned that things do change quickly, within 8 hours of delivery, Kloey was having seizures, and her blood pressure sky rocketed to the moon. They took her out of my arms and started testing her. Their conclusion was that she was born with viral meningitis and she was also born with a heart defect and her kidneys malfunctioned and shut down.
The doctor in our local hospital said even if she survives, she will be mentally retarded but I am shipping her to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.
I cried all the way up Highway 65 as the ambulance carried my baby girl in a silent run all those miles from home.
I was born going to church, but at that moment I needed someone to pray with me. I called my Uncle Moky in Kentucky and he started praying with me, he said,” Baby girl I am sending an angel your way and you and baby Kloey just need to hang on”!
The second day at the hospital, my husband and I left to go get a bite to eat and as we were retuning, we walked slowly toward the front of the building. As we approached the two white cement pillows holding up the entrance way to the hospital, a lady suddenly stepped from behind one of the pillars. She said, “Hi, my name is Karen and I am the church chapel lady and I have came to pray with you!” We looked at her and she had her hands clutched in front of her kind of folded in prayer, never once looking at us with her eyes straight ahead and we noticed that a smile never left her face. We entered the elevator and her expression never changed. We stopped on Kloey’s floor and she went directly to Kloey’s window, as a matter of fact, she led the way! Her eyes never left Kloey as she prayed.
When we got through praying, the doctor came out and said he was taking Kloey in for a spinal tap and no one was allowed to go in, absolutely no one. The chapel lady looked at him and said, “May I go in?” To our surprise, he said, “Yes”!
A long while later, the doors opened and the chapel lady walked out, looked us in the eyes and said, “You are so lucky that there were four hands on your baby instead of only two hands!” Then she left the room.
A little while later, Kloey’s nurse Susan and the doctor walked in and the doctor said, “Good news for you two, there is no water on the brain of that tiny baby and we cannot find anything wrong with her at all, If everything goes all right tonight, you can take her home tomorrow.”
We waited for tomorrow to come with our fingers crossed and a constant prayer on our breath. Sure enough when morning came, they were in a hustle bustle to send our baby girl home. We packed up everything and as were getting ready to leave, I decided I wanted to thank the chapel lady for her prayers. We went to the desk and ask Nurse Susan if she would call her to our floor so we could thank her. She looked at me as if I had lost my mind and said, “I have never heard of no such person here at this hospital and I have been here for years but we do have a chapel on the first floor if you would like to stop there on your way out.”
In my 21 years here on this earth I have learned something new, things do change quickly but the love of Jesus never changes and is good from generation to generation to generation!
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