Jaime Riegel via Crowdrise
June 27, 2012
EVENT DATE: Jul 07, 2012
Mileage Tracker: 9
A friend of mine discovered she was expecting what should have been great news turned into terrible news. Doctors told her and her husband to terminate as the baby would not make it. After much prayer they decided NO way Harper Faith IS worth it. Here is her story :
Justin and Stephanie Valk were thrilled to learn they were expecting a baby girl, so they were devastated when doctors told them their little girl would die in utero due to a severe heart defect called Ebstein’s anomaly. In one short month doctors discovered her little heart was getting worse, beating as fast as 240 beats per minute, and her tiny body was accumulating fluid in her stomach, heart and skull. Doctors said she was in heart failure.
The Valk family traveled to Boston’s Children’s Hospital for a second opinion, praying for some kind of treatment and a miracle to save their unborn baby. Unfortunately, the best doctors in the country confirmed that their baby would die. They were told they could terminate the pregnancy, or just wait for her to die on her own.
As Christians committed to their faith, the Valks decided to put their faith in God and continued to pray, along with their church, family, friends and even strangers from all over the world, for their unborn baby girl.
By May, their prayers were answered when the doctors in Boston said she was 1,000 times better. Her heart was beating stable at 140 beats per minute, she was growing and all of the fluid was gone. The doctors had no explanation, admitting they were amazed at the baby’s resiliency and healing.
Baby Harper is a miracle baby, but she will still need a lot of help after she is delivered in August 2012. She will need heart surgery as soon as she is born, and her family will need to stay in Boston for several months while she recovers.
Please help support this local family by donating to Harper’s Heart, an organization created to help the family with their medical expenses. Please join the Valk family on their amazing journey of survival, and be part of this true miracle.