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Charlotte Ryun: Born Too Soon

The Ryun's were terrified when their baby was born at only 23 weeks, but they trusted God and baby Charlotte made a miraculous recovery. Read Transcript


IT CAME AS A COMPLETE

SURPRISE.

THE FIRST TWO PREGNANCIES

WERE FAIRLY NORMAL.

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THIS IS

ANYTHING BUT NORMAL.

AND YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE

BEING DRAWN TO THE EDGE OF

THIS CLIFF, AND YOU REALIZE

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT COMES

NEXT.

YOU REALLY DON'T.

THIS IS A PRETTY SERIOUS

SITUATION.

YOU'RE WIFE HAS BEEN

HEMORRHAGING.

YOU'RE LOOKING AT

POTENTIALLY HAVING A

PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED

BABY.

I'M SITTING THERE HOLDING

BECCA'S HAND.

AND IT WAS VERY HARD.

I WOKE UP AT, LIKE, 2:00

IN THE MORNING AND FELT THIS

GUSH.

I THOUGHT MAYBE MY WATER HAD

BROKEN.

BECCA SHOOK ME AWAKE AND

SAID I'M BLEEDING.

I WASN'T EVEN 24 WEEKS AT

THAT TIME.

I WAS 23 1/2.

I LOOKED DOWN AND THE BED IS

COVERED IN BLOOD.

WE TOOK OFF, GOT TO THE

HOSPITAL, PULLED IN, GOT

BECCA CHECKED IN.

WE DID A SONOGRAM,

EVERYTHING LOOKED FINE.

THEY TOLD US IT WAS A GIRL

FOR SURE.

AND WE THOUGHT, OH, GOOD,

CHARLOTTE LOVE.

AND WE STARTED PRAYING FOR

HER IMMEDIATELY.

THEY HAD A SPECIALIST COME

IN AND DO A SONOGRAM.

HE SAID WE NEED TO HAVE A

SERIOUS CONVERSATION ABOUT

WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO WITH

THE PREGNANCY.

DO YOU WANT US TO TRY TO

SAVE THIS BABY OR DO YOU

WANT TO JUST LET IT GO.

I DIDN'T EVEN BLINK.

OF COURSE WE WANTED TO WORK

TO TRY TO SAVE THE BABY.

IT WENT FROM WE'RE GOING

TO TRY TO GET CHARLOTTE TO

STAY THERE FOR 30 WEEKS.

AND THEN IT WAS WE'RE

SHOOTING FOR 24 WEEKS, AND

THEN IT GOT TO WHERE WE'RE

SHOOTING FOR A COUPLE OF

MORE DAYS.

AND THEY CAME IN WITH THE

ODDS, AND THEY WERE PRETTY

STEEP ODDS.

IF YOUR BABY LIVES, THERE IS

POTENTIAL EYE DAMAGE, BRAIN

DAMAGE, BLEEDING ON THE

BRAIN.

THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT

CHANCE OF THESE THINGS

TAKING PLACE.

I PRAYED, EXPECTING THAT

GOD WAS GOING TO KEEP HER

SAFE.

IT WAS THE TERROR OF THE

UNKNOWN, BUT THEN YOU START

THINKING THROUGH IT, AND YOU

YOU REALIZE IT IS NOT THE

UNKNOWN.

HE KNOWS.

AND HE IS EITHER GOD OR HE

ISN'T GOD.

AND IF HE IS GOD, IT'S

TAKING HIS HAND AND TAKING

THE NEXT STEP.

THAT NIGHT I STARTED

HEMORRHAGING.

AND THEY SAID, THIS DOESN'T

LOOK GOOD.

YOU MIGHT HAVE THE BABY IN

THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS.

THEY DID A SONOGRAM AND IT

SHOWED I WAS FORMING BLOD

CLOTS -- BLOOD CLOTS AND IT

WAS AFFECTING THE BABY.

AND MY WATER HAD HAD BROKEN

OVERNIGHT, AND THEY SAID, WE

NEED TO TAKE THE BABY NOW.

SHE WAS BORN AT EXACTLY

24 WEEKS.

NOTHING PREPARED ME FOR

HOW TEENY SHE WAS AND JUST

HER SKIN WAS JUST

TRANSLUCENT AND JUST SO

HELPLESS, THE FEELING, SO

HELPLESS.

YOU KNOW, PUTTING MY HAND

ON THERE, AND HER HAND WAS

SO TINY IT WON'T FIT AROUND

MY FOREFINGER.

I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT A

BABY COULD BE BORN BEING

THAT SMALL AND THEY WOULD

HAVE A CHANCE.

THE DAY SHE WAS BORN, I

TOOK MY WEDDING RING OFF AND

PUT IT AROUND HER UPPER ARM,

AND THERE WAS ROOM TO SPARE,

A LOT OF ROOM TO SPARE.

AND IT IS ONE BIG

ROLLERCOASTER RIDE.

CONSTANT PRAYER, CONSTANT

QUESTIONING.

I'M NOT GOING TO LIE.

THERE WAS, I DON'T

UNDERSTAND.

I KNOW YOU'RE IN CONTROL,

BUT THERE IS ALWAYS THAT I

DON'T UNDERSTAND.

I HAD TO TOTALLY RELY ON

GOD, AND I WAS IN THE WORD

EVERY DAY.

AND THERE WERE MOMENTS WHERE

I WAS SOBBING AND CRYING OUT

TO HIM, YOU KNOW, HELP ME

GET THROUGH THIS.

CONSTANTLY PRAYING FOR

BACKUP, PRAYING FOR

CHARLOTTE.

YEAH, IT WAS A RUNNING

DIALOGUE.

ON MORE THAN ONE

OCCASION, ALARMS GOING OFF,

AND THE DOCTORS GOING OVER

THERE AND OPENING UP THE

INCUBATOR AND COMING IN AND

GIVING HER BREATHING

TREATMENTS.

AND OH, THIS IS REALLY

SCARY.

MOM, GET OUT OF THE WAY.

AND JUST THAT HELPLESS

FEELING.

AND SO EVERY DAY, UP UNTIL

CHRISTMAS, WAS KIND OF LIKE

THAT.

WHAT AM I GOING TO EXPECT

WHEN I GO IN THERE.

YOU CAN'T DWELL ON WHAT

COULD BE, BUT YOU HAVE TO

TRUST THAT WHATEVER HAPPENS,

JUST LIVE IN THE MOMENT AND

ENJOY THE TIME THAT YOU

HAVE.

SHE HAD BEEN ON THE VENTS

THE ENTIRE TIME.

IT WAS DISCOURAGING.

THEY SAY AFTER A CERTAIN

AMOUNT OF TIME ON THE VENTS,

LUNG DAMAGE, EYE DAMAGE --

ALL OF THESE THINGS, THE

ODDS INCREASE.

CHRISTMAS DAY WAS REALLY

THE TURNAROUND POINT.

BECAUSE THAT WAS THE DAY

THAT SHE CAME OFF THE

VENTILATOR.

SHE DIDN'T LOOK TO HAVE ANY

LONG-TERM BRAIN DAMAGE.

HER EYES WERE STARTING TO

CLEAR UP.

THAT WAS KIND OF THE TURNING

POINT AS FAR AS WHEN I FELT

LIKE SHE WAS GOING TO BE

OKAY.

SHE WAS BORN

NOVEMBER 4th.

WE GOT TO BRING HER HOME

MARCH 6th.

SO SHE WAS IN THROU FOUR

MONTHS AND A COUPLE OF

DAYS.

SHE BROUGHT HER HEM O --

HOME ON A HEART AND

BREATHING MONITOR, BUT TO BE

ABLE TO WALK OUT OF THE

HOSPITAL AND REALIZE THE

FOUR MONTHS PLUS, IT WAS

FINALLY OVER.

LOOKING AT HER NOW,

EVERYBODY, AND EVEN THE

DOCTORS -- ESPECIALLY THE

DOCTORS THAT SEE THOSE

BABIES, ARE JUST AMAZED.

NOBODY WOULD KNOW THAT

THIS LITTLE GIRL WAS BORN

FOUR MONTHS PREMATURE, WAS

ONE POUND, SEVEN OUNCES.

SHE IS A TRUE TESTIMONY

OF GOD'S POWER.

WE HAD SO MANY PEOPLE

PRAYING FOR HER.

THE ODDS OF THERE WOULD

BE LUNG DAMAGE OR EYE DAMAGE

OR BLEEDING ON THE BRAIN,

AND THERE WAS NEVER ONCE ANY

EVIDENCE OF THOSE.

IT IS A MIRACLE.

SEEING HER IN THE CUE, I

DIDN'T -- EVEN IF I WANTED

TO, I COULDN'T SAY THAT ANY

MOMENT I HAD CONTROL OVER

ANY OF THAT.

THAT WAS GOD'S WORKING IN

HER LIFE.

IT WAS A MIRACLE.

IT WAS GOD'S WORK.

AND JUST GIVING IT TO GOD

EVERY DAY.

AND TAKING YOUR REQUESTS TO

HIM, AND TAKING ONE DAY AT A

TIME.

IF YOU'RE ASKING, WHAT

DID YOU LEARN?

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS

THAT HAVE COME OUT OF THIS?

I STILL BELIEVE MIRACLES

HAPPEN.

I STILL BELIEVE THEY

HAPPEN.

I SAW ONE.

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