|Luke Marton October 2012|
We gathered near the Christmas tree in the living room. "Our baby is deformed. He has a 30% chance of making it," Janell said. Then silence. All our eyes were on her and Scottie. "We are not giving up on Luke."
Then Scottie explained that a sonogram revealed our baby had no diaphragm. His liver and intestines were in his chest and his lungs were not developing. Doctors told them Janell was a good candidate for fetal surgery. In late January we drove to UCSF Children's Hospital where surgeons performed the procedure of inflating a balloon in Luke's trachea in order to push the liver and intestines down. This would allow his lungs to develop a little before birth. Luke was born a week later. Five days after birth surgeons relocated Luke's liver and intestines and installed an artificial diaphragm. Amazing how that patch, a man-made product, has grown with Luke all these years.
|Luke Marton February 2003|
I am thankful to God for the wonderful care and technology made available to Luke. Our family witnessed a miracle in motion. Although God has the power to heal instantly, this time He chose a process. He drew our family close to doctors and nurses and united us in His love. We learned to trust Him because we had no one else to turn to. He held all of us in the palm of His hands and healed Luke.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for Your great love, that we can trust you to walk through the valleys with us. Thank you for Luke's life and healing. Thank you for that beautiful smile. We love you. Amen.