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Ethan Stacy: Healed of Leukemia

As a baby, Ethan Stacy was diagnosed with Leukemia and sent home to die. As his family and friends prepared for the worst, they prayed for a miracle. Read Transcript


WELL, CHAD AND MANDY STACY

HAD A HEARTBREAKING DECISION TO

MAKE.

SHOULD THEY ALLOW THEIR NEWBORN

SON TO UNDERGO CHEMOTHERAPY

WHEN THE CHEMO MIGHT KILL HIM

IF THE CANCER DIDN'T KILL HIM

FIRST.

LEUKEMIA IN NEWBORNS IS VERY

RARE.

BUT ETHAN WAS BORN WITH IT.

ACCORDING TO HIS DOCTORS, HE

WOULD DIE FROM IT.

ETHAN HAD AML, A VERY

AGGRESSIVE TYPE OF LEUKEMIA.

CHILDREN WHO ARE BORN WITH

LEUKEMIA DON'T USUALLY DO VERY

WELL.

THE DOCTOR WAS ONE OF HIS

PHYSICIANS IN NASHVILLE.

THE BEST WE CAN OFFER WAS TO

PUT ETHAN THROUGH DIFFICULT

CHEMOTHERAPY AND STILL NOT KNOW

THAT HE WOULD MAKE IT THROUGH.

CHEMO IS SO TOXIC OR

NEWBORNS DOCTORS GAVE HIM THE

APTION NOT TO TREAT THEIR SON.

I REMEMBER LAYING IF BED AND

PRAYING AND SAID GOD, GIVE US

AN ANSWER.

WE BOTH WOKE UP THE NEXT

MORNING AND BOTH SAID NO, WE'RE

NOT GOING TO PUT HIM THROUGH IT.

CHAD AND MANDY TOOK THEIR

SON HOME.

A FEW DAYS LATER, TUMORS

STARTED POPPING UP ALL OVER HIS

BODY.

HIS FEET, HIS HANDS, HIS

FOREARM.

IT'S WHEN HE STARTED NOT

BREATHING, YOU KNOW.

THEN HE TOOK HIS FINAL TURN

FOR THE WORSE.

I CALLED VANDERBILT AND SAID

YOU KNOW, WHAT DO I DO IF

SOMETHING HAPPENS?

AND THEY TOLD ME NOT TO CALL

911.

THE NURSE TOLD ME THAT HE MIGHT

HEMORRHAGE, WHICH THEN I WOULD

SEE BLOOD IN HIS DIAPER AND

COMING OUT OF HIS EARS.

ETHAN WAS NEAR DEATH WITH A

CHAD AND MANDY TOOK THE PAINFUL

WALK THROUGH THE CEMETERY TO

SEE THE PLACE WHERE THEY WOULD

BURY THEIR SON.

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE "700

CLUB" CHAD AND MANDY STACY.

WONDERFUL TO HAVE YOU BOTH HERE.

WE WATCH THAT AND YOU TWO AS

PARENTS I'M SURE ARE NOW AWARE

THAT THAT'S EVERY PARENTS'

NIGHTMARE.

ESPECIALLY WITH A NEWBORN, A

TIME OF JOY, EVERYTHING SHOULD

BE WONDERFUL AND CELEBRATING

AND HERE YOU ARE FACED WITH

THESE KINDS OF DECISIONS FOR

YOUR NEW SON.

CHAD, WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE NOT

TO DO THE CHEMOTHERAPY?

I DON'T KNOW.

I KNEW THAT GOD WAS WITH US AND

I JUST KEPT PRAYING THAT HIS

WILL BE DONE IN EVERYTHING.

MANDY, I CAN'T IMAGINE.

THERE WAS A VOLUME OF QUESTION

BEHIND YOUR QUESTION TO THE

NURSES, WHAT DO I DO?

THE QUESTION IS WHAT DO I DO IF

HE DIES, WHAT DO I DO WITH MY

SON'S BODY?

WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR

MIND AT THAT TIME.

IT WAS VERY SCARY THINKING

OF WHAT COULD OCCUR.

A LOT OF DREAD.

HERE YOU WERE WALKING THROUGH A

CEMETERY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT

WHERE YOU WOULD BURY YOUR SON.

WHAT WENT THROUGH YOUR MIND AT

THAT TIME AS A DAD?

I GUESS THAT WE JUST HAD A

NEWBORN BABY AND WE'RE FIXING

TO BURY HIM.

SO HERE YOU ARE GOING

THROUGH THIS LIVING DAY-TO-DAY

WONDERING HOW LONG IT WILL

HAPPEN AND PHYSICALLY SEEING

CHAD GET WORSE.

HE HAD SORES ON HIS BODY,

TUMORS BEGAN TO DEVELOP.

NOT ONE, NOT TWO BUT LITERALLY

ALL OVER HIS BODY AND YOU'RE

SEEING THE MANIFESTATION OF

WHAT DOCTORS ARE SAYING IS A

POSSIBILITY.

WHEN DID IT BEGIN TO TURN

AROUND?

WHAT HAPPENED?

WELL, HE BECAME REALLY SICK

WHERE HE WAS HAVING PERIODS OF

APNEA WHERE HE WOULD STOP

BREATHING FOR A MATTER OF 30

SECONDS TO A MINUTE AND JUST

GRADUALLY HE GOT BETTER.

HE STARTED FEEDING AND EATING

AND JUST LIKE A TYPICAL NEWBORN

BABY AND I REMEMBER TELLING THE

-- WE WERE TALKING AND PRAYING

AND I REMEMBER SAYING TO CHAD,

I THINK HE'S BEING HEALED AND

WE TOLD THE DOCTORS BUT THEIR

REACTION WAS THAT WE WERE BOTH

IN DENIAL.

WAS IT HARD TO BELIEVE WHEN

WHAT YOU WERE SEEING WITH YOUR

EYES.

UNTIL HE BEGAN TO TAKE THE

FOOD, EVEN WHEN HE TOOK THE

FOOD HE STILL HAD THE TUMORS.

RIGHT.

THE TUMORS DIDN'T REALLY

DISSOLVE UNTIL GRADUALLY AFTER

HE BEGAN TO EAT, RIGHT?

CORRECT.

SO HOW DID YOU HANG ON TO

FAITH IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT?

I DON'T KNOW.

I KNEW THAT HE WAS WITH US.

YOU COULD JUST FEEL IT.

YOU KNOW.

YOU HAD A CHURCH THAT WAS

REALLY STANDING WITH YOU, TOO,

DIDN'T YOU?

OUR CHURCH PRAYED AND OUR

FRIENDS AND IT MEANT THE WORLD

TO US.

ONE OF THE THINGS WE LOVE ON

THIS PROGRAM IS HEARING WHAT

DOCTORS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT

HEALING AND SO LET'S LISTEN TO

DR. RHODES' RESPONSE TO ETHAN'S

RECOVERY.

ETHAN HAD GOTTEN ABOUT AS

SICK AS A BABY COULD POSSIBLY

GET AND THEN SPONTANEOUSLY GOT

BETTER.

SO WE WANTED TO LOOK, WAS THERE

STILL EVIDENCE OF LEUKEMIA IN

ETHAN AND WE DID THE BONE

MARROW TEST WHICH SHOWED NO

EVIDENCE OF LEUKEMIA.

FOR HIM TO HAVE GOTTEN AS SICK

AS HE DID AND THEN JUST TURN

AROUND SPONTANEOUSLY OVERNIGHT,

THAT'S A MIRACLE.

THAT'S A MIRACLE.

AND THE MIRACLE IS WITH US.

WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO MEET ETHAN

HIMSELF.

COME ON UP HERE.

YOU DON'T LOOK SICK A BIT.

NOW, YOU WERE SO YOUNG WHEN ALL

OF THAT HAPPENED THAT YOU

PROBABLY DON'T REMEMBER ANY OF

IT.

BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK TODAY

WHEN YOU HEAR PEOPLE TALK ABOUT

WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU?

IS IT HARD TO IMAGINE THAT YOU

ACTUALLY WENT THROUGH ALL OF

THAT?

YEAH.

BUT YOU LOOK PRETTY HEALTHY

TODAY.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR

FREE TIME?

WHAT IS FUN FOR YOU?

PLAYING ON MY D.S.

OKAY.

ARE YOU A SPORTS GUY?

DO YOU LIKE SPORTS?

YES, YEAH.

YOU LOOK LIKE SOMEBODY WHO HAS

GOT SOME MUSCLE AND SOME --

BASEBALL, I LIKE THAT, TOO.

I LIKE THAT, TOO.

WE'VE GOT SOME WONDERFUL

STORIES ALL THIS WEEK ON HOW

GOD HAS DONE MIRACLES LIKE HE

DID FOR YOU, ETHAN.

IT IS AN UNUSUAL THING FOR A

BABY TO BE BORN WITH LEUKEMIA.

THAT'S THE DIFFICULT HERE.

WHEN THAT HAPPENS, THE

PROGNOSIS FOR THE TREATMENTS IS

NOT GOOD AT ALL.

SO WHAT YOU SAW HAPPEN WITH

ETHAN IS REALLY AN ASTONISHING

MIRACLE.

CHAD, WHERE DID YOU GET TO THE

PLACE WHERE YOU COULD EXHALE

AND SAY GOD HAS RESTORED MY SON

TO ME?

FOR ME, JUST DURING THE

PERIOD THAT I KNEW THAT HIS

WILL WAS GOING TO BE DONE I WAS

OKAY WITH HIM DYING OR LIVING.

BUT I'M GLAD HE LIVED.

EVEN EIGHT YEARS LATER IT IS

A POWERFUL THING.

IT IS.

TO SEE AND REMEMBER AND KNOW

WHAT GOD DID, WHICH WAS AMAZING.

WE HAVE A GREAT LITTLE BOOKLET

WE'RE GIVING ANYBODY WHO IS

INTERESTED CALLED "SECRETS OF

THE SUPERNATURAL."

IF YOU WANT TO GET AHOLD OF IT

CALL THE NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN.

1-800-759-0700.

WE JUST ARE GRATEFUL TO SEE YOU

HAPPY AND HEALTHY WITH YOUR MOM

AND DAD AND THEY'RE ENJOYING IN

GOD'S AMAZING GIFT, THE GIFT OF A SON.

EMBED THIS VIDEO


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