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2/4/2007 - Tyler

Power of Prayer: Amelia White

Its hard not to ooh and awe when little three month old Amelia comes into the room.  She is a picture perfect little girl.   For mom and dad, she is a living breathing miracle.

Jennifer and Taylor White had been married for several years when they decided it was time to have children.  A first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.   Then last March, Jennifer became pregnant again.

Just as the critical first six weeks approached a blood sample tested positive for spina bifida.  They headed straight to Dallas to a specialist who said that test was negative...but

"He told us, there was no amniotic fluid," remebers Taylor White.  "And this was our first ultra sound of the pregnancy, this was our first time to even see...and there was no amniotic fluid, no kidneys of course because there was no amniotic fluid."

"He told us then, if I were you I would go home and pray, because it really doesn't look good," said Jennifer White. 

"We probably sat in the parking lot for maybe 30 minutes and just...dumb founded, and just awed and cried and just we didn't know what to do, we didn't know what to think," says Taylor. 

The White's had to wait two weeks for confirmation.  Fourteen days later the news wasn't any better.

"I'm almost certain your baby has no chance of living,"  Taylor remembering what their specialist said.  "In fact he used the word zilch, zilch chance. There is no amniotic fluid, there is not a genetic reason to explain this, it just happens. You can either terminate the pregnancy now or you can go through the pregnancy and the baby will probably be still born or be born alive and die a couple of hours after being born."

"We decided that we thought that was the best option," says Jennifer,  "was to go ahead and induce early. I mean I would have a normal delivery you know and what understood the outcome would be the same, the baby was not going to make it either way. For me I could not imagine carry this baby for to full term. "

That early delivery would have happened at Tyler's Trinity Mother Frances Hospital. But because it was so early in the pregnancy, the hosptial's ethics committee said no.

That's when Jennifer said she became angry... at God.

"And I thought you are going to make me carry this baby I can't, I can't do this I just can't," remembers Jennifer. "And the whole weekend I was just so mad that I was going to have to do this. By the end of the weekend I thought there is nothing I can do. I trust that God knows what He is doing though I don't understand. I don't think He does things to harm us even though we can't understand why they have to happen. And I just thought, okay, if I'm gonna make it through this I have just go to trust that You have a plan and that You are going to be there for us and carry us through this."

"By that point." says Taylor, "our prayer was more, initially...our first reaction was to pray to God to help us make it through it. To comfort us. Shortly after that our mind changed and we said God we know you have the power to change this, and we're putting this in Your hands.

Regular sonograms for the next six months still showed no amniotic fluid.   An inducement was scheduled six weeks before the due date.  One last sonogram indicated something had changed. The Whites headed straight to their specialist in Dallas.

"His face just dropped," says Taylor, "just with amazement said I can't explain it. There is no other explanation than God just performed a miracle. There is a normal amount of amniotic fluid at this point he saw possibly one kidney."

"We hadn't plan for a baby," remembers Jennifer. "We didn't have any furniture, anything. We didn't think we were going to have a baby. So just getting to...I mean we went that day and found a crib. It was amazing."

"He said this is a perfectly healthy baby. There should be..they should have deformaties, they should have not developed lungs and none of that was an issue at this point. When God performs a miracle he doesn't do it half way," says Taylor

Almost nine months after their ordeal began, little Amelia Faith White was born. A blessing for her parents. And a testimony they say to the power of prayer.

"We started this prayer and our local group started praying for us and they told people and they told people and they told people," says Taylor. "To this day we still talk to people, churches we have never even heard of in Oklahoma or across the U.S. We get emails from people we have near heard...say hey listen we just heard the new about your baby I can't believe she is healthy."

"We could feel that," remembers Jennifer. "Because, just that we had the strength to bear it and go on I just knew people were praying and God was with us.  Wether He just wanted to show His power, show what He can do...I don't know. I truly believe that yes, that it was a miracle. The He chose to save her life."

"The people have seen a miracle," says Taylor.  "And in todays world people need to know that God exists. And this is just one proof that there is a God. That we are not in control of our lives. And people around here today are going to get to see that and its affecting people right now."

Clint Yeatts, KLTV 7 News

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