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When “No” Became “Yes”

By Fran Caffey Sandin

For you (God) created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well (Psalm 139: 13, 14 NIV).

Seven months along in her pregnancy Denise could not feel her baby moving, so she went to her doctor who ordered tests, bedrest, and a neonatology consultation. Tests showed the baby had not grown in the past six weeks. Following evaluations, the neonatologist spoke to Denise and her husband, Keith.

“The fetus has been starving in the womb for about six weeks and I don’t believe he can survive the birth process, and if he does, he will be severely handicapped with possible brain injuries.” His next words shook Denise to the core when he added, “It’s not too late to abort the fetus.”

Denise began weeping, but when Keith looked at Denise and heard the report, he confidently explained, “This fetus is our son, Skylar, and even if we have him for just one minute or if God chooses to take him home before that, we will NOT abort our son.” Denise wondered, Will Skylar survive, will I get to hear him giggle, watch him learn to walk, and see him grow up? Keith and Denise had made their decision, although the doctor thought it foolish.

The specialist sent Denise to the hospital to receive treatments to aide Skylar’s lungs and hopefully give him more time in the womb. Shortly after her arrival and the placement of a fetal monitor, Skylar’s heart rate dropped; and due to his distress, Denise underwent an emergency C-section. Skylar arrived with a little cry that sounded like a lamb. The tiny two-pound, five-ounce baby was not only alive, he looked perfect and was breathing on his own! He opened big blue eyes and looked at his parents. The sounds in the operating room began with gasps, crying, and then cheers. After eight weeks in the Neonatal ICU Skylar weighed 3 pounds, 14 ounces, and Keith and Denise took him home where he gained weight and development progressed.

Today Skylar is almost 23, lives on his own, and has a good job. A fighter since birth, he is determined to live his God-given life to the fullest. He is blessed with a beautiful voice and is gifted musically. He plays the guitar, serves as a worship leader, and is admired for his love for God and for others. Denise knows that if they had chosen abortion, their story would be so different. She believes that God is bigger than health issues and disabilities, than losing a child, than medical tests and evaluations. God is in control. He is the giver of life, and if He chooses, He can take it away. God is faithful and He can carry us through, regardless of the outcome. God will give us the grace we need when we need it. NO to death became YES for Skylar, and they are all so happy. It is never too late to choose life.

Dear Heavenly Father, some circumstances are so complex and problematic, we must make difficult decisions. Please help us to be aware of Your Word and the counsel you give us as we consider what choice to make. Let us not be ruled by our culture or what is popular but rather, by the Holy Bible and what you have to say about life. When we don’t understand, when we can’t see your plan, help us trust your heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen.