“On August 2012 I got a call from my daughter: 'Hey mom, Yamari has been holding food in her mouth for 30 minutes and it looks like water. When we talk to her, she’s not responding. She has peed on herself 2 times today.' (Yamari is 5 years old.) About 12 o’clock that night, they did an MRI. We got the results and she had ventriculitis, swelling and bleeding on the center of the brain. They took her to ICU and put her on a breathing machine. They said they were going to treat the symptoms because they had no idea what the illness was. 2 ½ months later, the doctor said, 'Ma’am, I suggest you call your priest, your minister, or whoever it is; she’s not going to make it through the night.' At this point, I looked at the doctor and said, 'If it is her time to go, it’s not your call. God has to be the one to take her.' I told God I was willing to give her to Him, but I needed the strength to get through this. I needed the strength to be able to be a good mom and not lose my mind or my soul to what has happened to my baby. The next day a nurse from Jacksonville Florida came in. My case manager looked at her and asked if there was anything she could do to save this little girl's life. Within 24 hours, we were on a transport to a pediatric rehabilitation center in Jacksonville. By the saving grace of God, within 3 days, this little girl started speaking. Now this is a 9-year-old girl. She is an angel. My name is Danetta and I surrender."

(Danetta, Norman, Oklahoma)


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