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Ariel Janay Stevenson came into this world weighing only 15 ounces and was only given a 40-60 percent chance of living.
Now our miracle baby turns 1 year old. We are so blessed to have Ariel here with us today. Thank God and thanks to family and friends who prayed for our little miracle.
Ariel spent nearly 3 months at Levine’s Children Hospital in Charlotte. She received two blood transfusions and several types of medicines and antibiotics to keep her little body going.
Ariel was a little fighter in the hospital. The doctors, nurses and all the faculty were stunned at how Ariel was quickly progressing. Sometimes I look at Ariel and cry tears of joy, because she has come so far. One year ago, it was so painful to look at her little helpless body covered with tubes without being able to hold her for three weeks. This was one of the most difficult times in a parent’s life. Can you only imagine receiving phone calls late at night not knowing if it was the hospital calling to inform you that your child didn’t make it? This is how we felt every time the phone began to ring. After two months, they moved her up to a progressive unit. With the fantastic staff and advanced technology, it is unbelievable what the faculty can do.
Ariel came home at 3 pounds and 13 ounces. Coming home was great, but also a little scary with such a small baby to tend to.
For the first month, we would sleep holding her through the night. She made a trip to her primary care physician, Morphis Pediatric, weekly and saw a specialist every two weeks until she was 6 months old. Thanks to prayers and great family friends, and co workers, we were able to make sure our baby was growing, and staying healthy, while still being able to maintain a roof over our heads. A special thanks goes out to our understanding and compassionate employers, who allowed us to give our baby girl all of the attention that was required.
Her loving grandmother retired from her job to become Ariel’s full-time child care provider. We are so grateful and blessed to have her in our lives.
Today she gets more love than she could ever imagine. When she came out breathing on her own and eyes bright as stars I knew then there is no one greater than God.
Ariel’s here for a reason, whether it’s to change lives or to bring families closer. Whatever it is, she has definitely changed our lives forever. A breathe of life is precious and should never be taken for granted. This is our testimony.
Thanks to family and friends who prayed for Ariel, we are so blessed to have you all as part of our lives. Ariel will be celebrating her first birthday today with her loved ones and friends.
Lancaster residents JaRon and Angela Stevenson are the parents of Ariel Janay Stevenson.