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Susan Filipp writes:

My husband, Alex, and I were overjoyed when the doctor confirmed I was pregnant. "Thank you, God," I prayed. "Please let everything go right." And things did—until I went into labor two weeks early.

Alex and I rushed to the hospital at 5:30 A.M. In the delivery room, I could tell something was wrong. The doctors’ and nurses’ eyes were serious. I heard their urgent whispers. "Breech birth . . . she’s too cold . . . quick!" Why won’t they let me hold her? I wondered as I drifted off, exhausted.

When I woke up, my husband told me gently, "Our daughter’s in the ICU, honey. She had some trouble. Her temperature was only 96 degrees. Her left lung collapsed. Plus her hip is dislocated."

I gasped. Could a tiny baby survive so many problems?

Alex took my hand. "But there’s good news." He explained that our neighbor, a pediatrician, had been out for his predawn jog when he noticed our porch light on and guessed that I’d gone into labor. He had come straight to the hospital, so he was on hand to help with the delivery.

"And just yesterday they had a state-of-the-art incubator come in," Alex went on. "Our daughter’s the first one to use it. Now she’s a healthy 98.6 degrees, and her breathing’s back to normal too."

"What about her hip?" I asked.

"That’s going to be okay too," he assured me. Apparently, a while back an orthopedic specialist at the hospital had read about an apparatus that could be used to correct dislocated hips in infants.

"He ordered one on a whim," Alex said, "and it’s been sitting in his office. Isn’t that incredible?"

I should have known that God was capable of doing incredible things, including making sure that the world was ready for our daughter before she was even brought into it.

By Susan Filipp, Glenmont, New York. Guideposts Magazine, March, 2001.

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