{Turning tragedy into thanksgiving} Kerrington’s Story.

Written by: Kerrington Sweeney

“For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
–Psalm 139:13

Seven-teen years ago this coming December 31st,
(New Year’s Eve) was the very eventful day that I entered this world.

This exciting first-time delivery happened to be a little earlier than was expected to my parent’s surprise.
I was a healthy-growing baby girl according to Ultra-sounds and many Doctor’s check-up appointments.
My Mom whom had what seemed to be a problem-free pregnancy up to this point, was in for a whirlwind of change.
Everything seemed to be moving along very orderly during my birth.
Nothing really super out-of-sorts or anything to be concerned about.

Then, I came out…
No crying, was to be heard.
Vital Signs completely absent.
No Heart-beat to be found.
No Life at all within me…
Blue, because of lack of oxygen.

…Yes, I was born dead.

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This traumatizing situation was because…
As I was coming out, I took my first breath of fresh-air outside the womb and tore my lungs…
Making me unable to breathe. Sending me into shock.

Usually, after a baby is born the room is filled with an overabundance of great joy, relief,
and Thankfulness for this new precious Life.
The new born babe is usually measured, weighed, and wrapped in a soft,
warm blanket and handed over carefully to the proud awaiting Daddy to be.

After my Birth, it was exactly opposite. Instead of being neatly wrapped in a warm hospital-blanket
and going to meet my daddy for the first time… I was picked up by the feet,
by a Doctor who was already finished a 24-hour shift and was about to head home.
He just so happened to walk by my delivery room on his way out.
Caught a glimpse of the situation that could have turned into a complete tragedy and jumped right into action.
By grabbing me, by the feet.

…I am now upside down being ran down the hospital hallways to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)
where he and a team of other highly-trained professionals worked together to get my little heart beating on its own once again.

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” –Matthew 19:26

The Thankfulness that overflows my heart for those incredible
Doctors and Nurses who saved my life that night cannot be described in words.

I am even more thankful to my dear Heavenly Father who held me tightly in His right hand
even before I was born and during my unusual entrance into this world.
He took what could have been a complete tragedy and turned it into a Testimony of Great Thankfulness.

The Miracles that continues to live on is, that I am Alive!
I have absolutely no scare tissue from that traumatizing day.
I am 100% whole and functioning completely normal.
I give God all the praise, the honour, and the glory that I am actually alive writing this testimony.
I stand in Great Thankfulness before my Heavenly Father Daily.

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Until Next Time,

~Kerrington

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