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Lilli's Childlike Faith
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Lilli's Childlike Faith

I adopted Lilli at two days old. At six days old she was admitted to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH for two and a half months for duodenal atresia where she coded on the table for six minutes. She was admitted again at four months of age for open heart surgery. Lilli is a fighter. Lilli fought through five bouts of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) where she nearly lost her life each time and she is now in for a new kind of fight. Lilli is slowly losing her vision and will undergo another surgery this January 9 to replace the lenses in both her eyes. If this surgery is not successful, she will be blind. If it is, although she will still need the assistance of glasses, she will be able to see well and keep her vision. God has blessed me with Lilli and I am honored to be her mother. Lilli has had struggles, like all kids with Down syndrome do, and she has been a trooper. I wanted to prepare her for this surgery and thought that telling her things like, "the doctor is going to fix your eyes and make them all better" would help her get ready, but one day when she was getting dressed, she looked at me with tears in her eyes and said "mom, my eyes are all better, I prayed." Of course, I began to cry and realized that she was really beginning to internalize what I had been saying and took it upon herself to pray for her own healing. I have not mentioned it again to her, but we continue to pray for her eyes during nightly prayers, although Lilli has corrected me so that we do not pray for healing, but we thank God for the healing that has already taken place. Childlike faith will get her through this next surgery and I am hanging onto her words that I believe the Lord reached down and told her personally "my eyes are better mom, I prayed." 

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garry wood, United States, TN
8/21/2013 10:13:40 AM
I love this story I am currently writing a book on childlike faith and this story touched my heart

Ken Park, United States, TX
6/16/2013 5:28:58 AM
Thanks for the beautiful story. I am praying together for her.

Susan Shipe-Giles, United States, OH
12/30/2012 12:12:53 AM
My family has known Shannon for 12 years and Lilli her entire life. Shannon has always provided the best of care for her daughter, and Lilli has battled back from many ailments. We are confident that her eye surgery will be a success as well. From: Susan, Daniel, and Aliyah Giles

michele wargo, United States, OH
12/27/2012 11:20:33 PM
This is a superb story. Warm and uplifting.

Valerie Parish-Hooper, United States, OH
12/27/2012 3:19:29 PM

Pam Lackey, United States, NC
12/27/2012 2:14:33 PM
Lili is also blessed to have a very sweet mother, Shannon. May God bless both of them through their journey.

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