Sometimes things happen in life that are simply extraordinary. These events can be so extraordinary that they almost cannot be explained at all. The only way to explain what is happening in times like these is to look to a higher power. God, The Universe, Karma, Fate, whatever you call it, something supernatural takes place and turns things around in a way that only the higher powers can. Perhaps you’ve experienced this.
Chances are you’ve never heard this incredible story. Things went from bad to worse for this new mother, but she continued to believe the best and fight for her new baby. Soon, she experienced a miracle that is without explanation.
12. A New Life
Joi Rawitch was your typical expectant mother: nervous, excited, and anxiously preparing for her baby’s arrival. She had a regular pregnancy, nothing strange happened and she never got any negative feedback from her obstetrician. She, however, always had a strange feeling. It was something that she couldn’t shake and it continued to haunt her until she gave birth.
11. The Overpass
She remembers a specific moment in her pregnancy when the eerie feeling struck. She was driving home with her husband David and as the expectant couple drove under the overpass, she felt instantly that something wasn’t quite right with the baby inside her. What actually happened, however, will have you in disbelief.
10. It’s Nothing, Honey
Her husband, David, focused on his wife during this time to encourage her that everything would be okay. Even the doctors were certain that there were no problems with the baby and that Joi should try to relax. A mother’s intuition can be a strong force, though, and she knew something was up.
9. Baby Time!
When it was time to have the baby, Joi’s labor and delivery were average. Nothing happened to justify her feelings and the baby was born healthy. At least, it seemed that way. Joi was still concerned even after the doctors checked the newborn and placed him in his mother’s arms.
8. Something’s Not Right
Only one short hour after the baby was born, Joi remembers laying in bed and watching her newborn like all new parents do. Instead of feelings of gratitude and excitement, however, she looked into his eyes and remembered seeing that nothing was there. She told her husband, David, that “nothing was there behind those eyes.”
7. It Begins
Joi explained that only about 30 seconds later, the nurse came in and was shocked at what she saw. The baby was gray. His healthy pink color had changed to a sickly gray and was continuing to get darker and darker. At one point, he even looked black. The baby was rushed to the intensive care unit for testing and resuscitation.
6. A Diagnosis
His vital signs were fading quickly and something had to be done. The newborn had to be resuscitated 14 times. The new parents were heartbroken and devastated. After testing, doctors finally had a diagnosis. The baby was born with a rare disease caused by a left hemiatrophy, meaning that the left part of the brain just never developed.
5. Sad News
Having this type of disease meant that part of the baby’s left brain had not developed. In fact, part of the brain wasn’t even there. It had never grown and instead, was just filled with fluid. This meant that the little baby would be severely disabled for the rest of his life, which was probably not going to be long.
4. Future Hopes
Without much hope for a happy future, Joi and David struggled to know what to do. Their poor baby was never going to have a life like most everyone else. As they came to grips with the devastating prognosis, they decided to always do everything they could to raise their son in the best way they knew how and give him the life he deserved.
3. A Quiet Voice
However, one night Joi remembers sitting on the edge of her bed watching television when she received the second message from beyond. Out of nowhere, it simply told her that everything would be okay. This gave her the strength to continue on. She and David brought home the baby and prepared for the long journey ahead.
2. Each Day At A Time
The baby, named Andrew, was constantly attached to a machine that was able to revive him if he stopped breathing. He also needed medication every day to help control his seizures. Unfortunately, though, this was just to care for the side effects of having an undeveloped brain. There was still no treatment that would help his brain grow.
1. The Rainbow
Seemingly out of nowhere, Andrew started to get better. In a miraculous turn of events, the second message Joi received that night watching TV started coming true. Baby Andrew’s seizures stopped happening and Joi noticed that the three-month-old baby could hold his own bottle, something that older babies don’t usually do. He was slowly weaned from his medication and was continuously improving. After an MRI at six months old, the doctors announced that Andrew’s brain was completely healed.
Baby Andrew’s brain had miraculously filled in. His pediatrician explained that he has no explanation whatsoever for why his brain repaired and why it regenerated itself. However it happened, the scans showed Andrew to be a completely normal little baby.
Today, Andrew is 21 years old and plans to be a doctor so that he can have a positive effect on others’ lives. Joi explained, “There’s a lot we don’t understand because he’s absolutely perfect. There’s nothing wrong with Andrew at all. He’s so bright, he’s wonderful, he enjoys life, he’s extremely lucky. Mommy is very happy.” Andrew’s father, David, agrees, “We’re blessed.”