Miracles occur every day. But you’d never know it if you turned on the evening news. Every story highlighted on all the major networks always revolves around some negative issue or terrifying circumstance. From the threat of nuclear war to the volatile stock markets to the most recent political scandal, news today only report “bad” stories that produce a lot of shock value. If you’re looking for a story to lift your spirits and burgeon your faith, this is it.
This story is bittersweet. Angela and Michael Bakker first learned they were pregnant with a little girl and burst into tears of joy. They had always wanted to have a family and felt excited to be raising a family together. It was a dream come true.
Then Angela went into labor 15 weeks early. The little girl was only twenty-five weeks along and had a near zero percent chance of surviving.
Angela knew not to hope for much when it came to her baby Naomi Joy’s survival. But as a mother the sudden birth left her vulnerable and heartbroken.
Yet the staff at the Renown Regional Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit refused to give up on Naomi Joy. They worked around the clock to keep the baby, who was still alive, in a safe environment. And despite all the doctors’ warnings, it was finally time for Angela and Michael to hold their beloved newborn. She had been kept for two weeks under constant supervision. But flying in the face of the odds, she pulled through and was ready to feel the touch of her mother.
Because Naomi Joy was born so early, she needed very specific medical attention. And the skin-to-skin contact was avoided for two weeks until she was strong enough. While most babies get to experience it right after birth, Naomi Joy needed to prove that she was a fighter to feel the warmth of her mother’s body. And she proved everyone wrong.
In the video below, eight NICU nurses help place Naomi Joy onto her mother’s beating heart. As Angela feels the warmth of her infant, her expression turns into one of pure joy. She looked upon the medical team, which did the impossible and kept her premature baby alive long enough for her to experience this essential moment of motherhood.
And then Michael gets to hold the infant for the first time. The magic captured at this moment is unbelievable. It can lift you out of the darkest days.
For the next 128 days, Naomi Joy continued to stay in the hospital. And her parents made sure to visit every one of those days and hold her as much as they could.
Now Naomi Joy is a happy girl living with her parents. Although she was born fifteen weeks early, she survived. She went from weighing just 12 ounces to being a beaming child like any other.
The Bakkers uploaded the below video to YouTube. Since it went online, it has been viewed more than five million times.
What do you think about this miracle?