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Devastating Diagnosis No Match for Prayer

John and Ida were expecting their second child when they received some devastating news, their baby had a dangerous heart condition. Read Transcript


Reporter:

OCTOBER 17th, 2008 WAS

IDA'S BIRTHDAY.

SHE AND HER HUSBAND, JOHN,

WERE EXPECTING THEIR SECOND

CHILD.

AND THE COUPLE HAD GONE IN

FOUR A ROUTINE ULTRASOUND.

THEY LOOKED A LITTLE BIT

CONCERNED ABOUT ONE ISSUE.

AND THEY WANTED TO FIND OUT

MORE ABOUT THAT.

Reporter: AS THE

GARABIDIANS PREPARED TO GO

TO DINNER THAT NIGHT TO

CELEBRATE IDA'S BIRTHDAY,

THEY RECEIVED A CALL FROM

IDA'S DOCTOR WHO INFORMED

HER, HER SON HAD HYPER

PLASTIC LEFT HEART

SYNDROME.

WE OPENED UP THE COMPUTER

AND STARTED READING ALL OF

THESE DETAILS ABOUT WHAT

HYPER PLASTIC LEFT HEART

SYNDROME IS AND WE WERE

HORRIFIED.

IT WAS DEVASTATING.

AND THE DOCTOR WAS

SPEAKING TO US ABOUT ALL OF

THE DIFFERENT CHROMOSOMEAL

CONDITIONS THERE MIGHT BE,

DOWN SYNDROME.

Reporter: THE DOCTORS

EVEN SUGGESTED TO IDA SHE

CONSIDER TERMINATING HER

BABY.

I SAID, WE'RE NOT GOING

TO TERMINATE THIS BABY.

I CAN'T IMAGINE DOING THAT.

WE'LL DEAL WITH WHATEVER

COMES.

GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF THIS.

AND HE SAID, YOU SAY THAT

NOW, BUT YOU DON'T KNOW HOW

HARD IT REALLY IS GOING TO

BE.

Reporter: THAT EVENING

IDA'S FATHER, WHO WAS OUT OF

TOWN ON BUSINESS, TURNED ON

"THE 700 CLUB."

I HAPPENED TO TURN ON THE

TELEVISION, AND THE END OF

THE "THE 700 CLUB" PROGRAM

WAS ON.

AND TERRY MEEUWSEN WAS

SPEAKING AT THE END OF THE

PROGRAM.

Terry: SOMEBODY ELSE,

YOU'VE JUST GOTTEN A

DIAGNOSIS, AND YOUR

PREGNANT, THAT THERE IS

SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOUR

BABY.

AND IT'S EVEN BEEN SUGGESTED

THAT YOU CONSIDER ABORTING

IT.

BUT GOD IS SAYING TO YOU,

TRUST ME, HAVE FAITH.

WHAT THEY'RE TELLING YOU IS

THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR CHILD

IS NOT THE PROBLEM.

TRUST GOD.

Reporter: GEORGE CALLED

IDA, AND SHE AND HER HUSBAND

WENT ON LINE TO WATCH AND

CLAIMED THE WORD FOR THEIR

BABY.

OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL

MONTHS, THEY IN LISTED

PRAYER PARTNERS AT CBN TO

STAND WITH THEM.

ANY TIME THERE WAS A

DOUBT, GOD WOULD PLACE

SOMEONE WITH ENCOURAGING

WORDS OR A BIBLE VERSE THAT

WOULD JUST -- THE WORDS

WOULD JUMP OUT AT ME, AND I

KNEW GOD WAS SPEAKING TO

ME.

Reporter: AS IDA'S

PREGNANCY ADVANCED, DOCTORS

WARNED HER TO PREPARE FOR A

SERIES OF SEVERAL SURGERIES

AFTER BIRTH.

THEY WERE SUGGESTING WE

NEED TO DO A THREE-STAGE

SURGERY ON HIM TO MAKE ALL

OF HIS HEART WORK ONLY FROM

HIS RIGHT SIDE.

SO EVERY ULTRASOUND WE WENT

TO, THEY WOULD PRETTY MUCH

SAY THE SAME THING.

Reporter: BUT THE

COUPLE CONTINUED TO BELIEVE

GOD.

NO MATTER WHAT THESE

TESTS WERE SHOWING AT THE

DOCTORS' OFFICES, MY GOD WAS

BIGGER THAN THESE TESTS.

HE GAVE US THE PROBLEM HE

WAS GOING TO HEAL HIM.

MY PRAYER SPECIFICALLY

WAS, LORD, GIVE THIS CHILD A

WHOLE HEART SO HE CAN

WHOLEHEARTEDLY SERVE YOU IN

THE FUTURE.

Reporter: LITTLE JOHN

WAS BORN ON MARCH 10th,

2009.

AND THE DOCTORS PREPARED THE

COUPLE FOR WHAT LAY AHEAD.

THE WHOLE ISSUE WITH JOHN

IS MITRO VALVE.

AND WHEN HE WAS BORN, THEY

WENT BACK AND DID THE

ECHOGRAM ON HIS HEART, AND

THEY SAW THE MITRAL VALVE

WAS MUCH SMALLER THAN IT

SHOULD BE.

HE WAS MEASURING 5.6

MILLIMETRES, AND THEY WERE

LOOKING FOR 10.

THERE WAS ABOUT A SIX-DAY

WAITING PERIOD BEFORE THE

SURGERY WAS GOING TO

HAPPEN.

I ASKED ONE OF THE PEDIATRIC

CARDIOLOGISTS IF THEY WOULD

DO AN ECHOGRAM THE NIGHT

BEFORE.

HE SAYS THE MITRAL VALVE

DOESN'T GROW.

Reporter: THE NEXT DAY

JOHN WENT INTO SURGERY AND

WAS TAKEN OFF THE HEART

VALVE MACHINE AFTER JUST 20

MINUTES.

THE DOCTOR CAME IN AND

SAID EVERYTHING WENT WELL

WITH THE SURGERY.

JOHN IS GOING TO BE FINE.

HE IS NOT GOING TO NEED

ANYMORE SURGERIES.

I ASKED HIM, WHAT ABOUT THE

MITRAL VALVE.

HE SAID, THE MITRAL VALVE

MEASURED AT LEAST A NINE

MILLIMETER.

SO IT WAS A LITTLE LARGER

THAN WE EXPECTED IT TO BE.

WE WERE SO REJOICING AND WE

KNEW THERE IT IS, THE LORD

SAID IT'S NOT GOING TO BE

WHAT THE DOCTOR SAID IT IS.

Reporter: TODAY LITTLE

JOHN IS A PERFECTLY HEALTHY

4-YEAR-OLD.

IDA AND JOHN SAY THEIR

EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT THEM

TO TRULY TRUST GOD.

THIS WHOLE PROCESS JUST

EXPLODED OUR FAITH, TO KNOW

THAT HE IS GOING TO DO IT.

WE ALWAYS KNEW HE COULD DO

IT, BUT NOW WE KNOW HE IS

GOING TO TAKE CARE OF US.

WE DON'T LOOK AT OUR

CIRCUMSTANCES.

WE LOOK AT GOD AND WE FOCUS

ON JESUS, AND HIM TELLING US

HIS PROMISES IN THE WORLD:

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH

ME; I'M WITH YOU ALWAYS.

AND HE WILL NEVER LEAVE US.

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