- Family and Parenting
A short story about a little boy's love and unwavering faith
Timmy was a little four year old boy who was anxiously awaiting the birth of a little baby sister.
One day, just out of the blue, he asked mama if he could sing a song to the baby. Mama looked surprised but thought it was a sweet gesture. She told him, " come sit by me and sing. " She sat down in a comfortable lounge chair. Timmy sat down beside her, laid his head on her big belly and sang ' Twinkle twinkle little star. ' Each day he asked the same question and sang the same song until mama went to the hospital to deliver their baby girl.
When the baby arrived it was evident she was in respiratory distress, her color was cyanotic ( blue ) oxygen was administered immediately. On further examination, the doctor detected a serious heart defect, plus a heart murmur. He tentatively explained how serious her condition was, and held little hope for survival.
Mama knew that she had to prepare Timmy for the inevitable.
Timmy quickly asked, " Can i go to the hospital and sing my happy song to her, i know i can make her well? " Mama knew she would not be allowed to take Timmy into the neonatal unit but, a look of determination covered her face. The nurse was saying, " You can not take that child in there. " as they rushed past her and saw the baby who was still struggling. The heart monitor was displaying acute tachycardia, ( Rapid heartbeat. ) Timmy slowly went to the incubator, climbed up on a stool, opened the top, placed his head close to her chest and began singing his happy song. Soon her heart rate slowed and the monitor displayed a normal rhythm. Previously the nurse had notified the doctor. When he arrived he had a look of amazement on his face. He re-examined the baby and concluded that she was no longer in respiratory distress and her heart defect could be repaired with surgery.
Mom, Dad and little Timmy waited patiently in a room close to the operating room. Mom and dad were quietly praying, Timmy sat with his head bowed, softly singing his happy twinkle song, After seven hours the Doctor emerged and happily announced the surgery was successful.
Tears of joy filled the room. Timmy ran to his mother and said, " Oh mama i can sing to my baby sister everyday now, just like i did before she got sick. " Mama wrapped her arms around him and said, " Yes my sweet boy. You can sing your happy song as much as you want. She listens to you and loves you and your song. It was like a miracle that this family will never forget. "