Miscarriage has claimed the lives of unborn children whose parents desperately wanted them to live. Now comes an amazing story of one family’s dedication to have a child despite facing 10 miscarriages over the years.
At LifeNews, we’ve included profiled how the miscarriage she had is partly responsible for the pro-life views Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has on abortion. And we’ve included the moving testimony of the miscarriage abortion survivor and noted pro-life speaker Melissa Ohden had recently and how it impacted her life and faith in God.
Now, after losing 10 pregnancies over the course of their 10-year marriage, Kristi and Paul Rhodes of Murfreesboro, Tennessee were worried that their 11th baby would suffer the same fate. Instead, today, 4-month-old Savannah is proof to the couple that miracles really do happen.
From a profile of the couple:
“My mind was blown (about the pregnancy). I was like, ‘That’s impossible,'” recalled Kristi. “I was in disbelief.”
The couple had been through so much with the lost pregnancies. Sometimes she would find out she was pregnant when a miscarriage would occur. “It got to be, ‘Oh, there’s another one,'” Kristi said. She wanted children, but wasn’t able to be a mother — not just yet.
“Literally, my whole world was crashing around me,” said the 30-year-old mother.
But after her third miscarriage, a light did come into their lives when the Rhodes were able to adopt Caleb, now 5. “Once we adopted Caleb, we were done (trying to get pregnant),” Kristi said. “He was ours.”
Still, the miscarriages continued and Kristi became more and more depressed, and she ballooned up to 460 pounds. “Even though I had Caleb, it was still so hard,” Kristi said. “I just gave up.”
Doctors eventually determined that Kristi’s lost pregnancies were likely due to a hormone issue where her body didn’t make progesterone and she had a blood clot disorder making it so, each time, her body rejected the pregnancies and it grew worse over time. But the latest pregnancy went well and, on August 5, Savannah was born, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces and she was 18 3/4 inches long.
“I still was in disbelief. Literally, it took them showing her to me for me to believe,” Kristi said. Paul walked over to her and leaned over to say, “Here’s your miracle.”