Mar 21 2014
A few nights ago, during our nightly reading the bible before sleeping, my five year old daughter Andi, asked me, ” Mommy does God still do miracles?”
I said “Yes, He still does miracles. His miracles happen everyday.”
To make my point more concrete, I recounted the story of her cousin Inigo, my nephew, and how God miraculously healed him. I told her how Nigo (as we fondly call him) had a broken heart when he was born, and had to have an open heart surgery at eight days old. I told her that he had to stay in the hospital a long time and we kept praying and praying that God will heal him, save his life and keep him alive. And then she excitingly said, “And he is alive, Mommy!”
Then after a quiet moment, she said, “Mommy, you know sometimes when I cry, my tears are happy tears. The tears I have now are happy tears.” And then she hugged me tight.
I did not notice that tears were swelling in her eyes as she was listening to me tell the story of her cousin, whom God had healed. It is something that is so fresh in my mind, all the details still in mint condition, engraved in my memory. Why? Well aside from the fact that I told her this story a few days after Inigo’s 7th birthday, this miracle that God gave my family is one of the biggest memorial stones of God’s goodness and faithfulness and an unforgettable display of His power.
It was so timely too, that one of my friends resent me the forwarded email I sent her back in 2007 about Inigo and God’s miracle in his life. I want to share this to all of you so that you too will be reminded as I was, that indeed our God is mighty in His power and this power is beyond compare, and that He still does miracles. I know that as I was blessed to have witnessed this miracle, you too can be expectant for God to move in your situation whatever it may be. In the same light, I hope this will also open our eyes to see the miracles that happen around us, big and small. I hope that we will never stop being in awe of our God.
Here are parts of the email I mentioned. Some were written by Inigo’s mom and some were parts were written by me, in a blog I wrote in Multiply, back then when it still existed:
I never thought this would happen in my life. My newborn son had a heart disease, it’s called Transposition of the Great Arteries which is, according to the doctors, a mechanical problem requiring a mechanical solution – an open heart surgery. Inigo was 8 days old when he had the operation at the Philippine Heart Center.
Nobody in the Recovery Room expected Inigo to live further. Each day he was seen breathing was an achievement. His chest was open for a couple of days and we literally saw his tiny heart beating. He was there lying down with several tubes inserted in his fragile body. Several others inserted at the side of his neck, on his arms and feet. The first time I saw him there after the operation his head and face were not recognizable because of edema and I saw quiet tears running down his eyes. It was a bit too much for me to bear. I spoke to him and told him Mum and Dad were always there with him, just waiting for him.
Dr.Gisel Catalan, Inigo’s pedia cardio surgeon, narrated to us a few weeks after the surgery what really happened inside the O.R. (These were the parts I wrote in my Multiply–what I remembered with our conversation with Dr.Catalan)
These are the specifics that struck me with what Dr.Catalan told us:
– “Everything went wrong in the surgery. It was clear to us that Iñigo could not make it. His heart distended (literally went out the cavity of the chest), his lungs collapsed, he vomited so much blood. He was as good as dead.”
– “When I asked Dr. Jonas to tell you his family that there were complications and that we are trying our best— I was being polite. In the O.R., we knew he wouldn’t survive.”
– “We decided to take out all the tubes and the attachments to the machines—We didn’t know why we did it. Because in a situation like that the machines are needed to keep the baby alive. We removed all of it. We didn’t know what happened. It was like the heavens opened and gave him life. We couldn’t believe what we saw. He was suddenly breathing and his heart pumping, with totally no support. It was just him.”
– “It was not highly improbable. It was highly impossible. He is not even part of our medical statistics. It was simply a miracle.”
– “I wish I can take credit for it. Any doctor would want to do that. But none of us could take credit for it. I am just honored to have witnessed that miracle.”
– “You could have brought him all around the world for this surgery. But with his condition (with what happened in the surgery), no doctor any place in the world (even with the best education and training) would not be able to save him. No medical expert could have done something in that situation.”
– “I am changed because of this. This has been the biggest miracle ever that I have seen in my medical career. And this comes once in a lifetime I believe.”
– “Iñigo has gone through a lot. And he is still recovering and fighting. But seeing what God had already done, seeing the biggest highlight of the miracle first hand, I know that if God had already done that, He can do anything for Iñigo.”
Dr. Catalan said that he makes sure that he visits Iñigo once a day (while in the hospital) not just to check up on him, but because Iñigo brings a smile to his face. “I literally get goose bumps when I see him. He has made my faith in God stronger.”
Monday night, the doctors had their last round of check-up before Iñigo’s discharge the next day. My brother thanked Dr. Catalan for everything. Dr. Catalan uttered back— “I should be the one thanking your son, Iñigo made me believe in miracles again.”
We never thought this would happen in our lives. Our hearts are overflowing and much eager to share with everybody how God placed a modern-day miracle through this baby boy. There were a lot more that happened in-between, including another minor operation, the details in the ff blog links of dear people:
(the attached photo ‘Nigo in ICU’ c/o Jenn Punzalan)
My mom had a lingering question in her head before all this happened – Does God still do miracles nowadays? — the same question another friend had in mind all this time. There are no coincidences, we just proved.
I experienced this first-hand, and the elite of doctors testify to what has transpired. Inigo is 4 months old now, and he doesn’t have any idea how many lives he changed and touched, and how much of God’s grace we felt through other people.
I pray that through what we just shared, we would always remember to whom we should live for everyday. To God be the glory.