The Bible verse John 15:13 says there is no greater love than someone who lays down their life for their friends. An Idaho mother is the perfect example of this.
Malinda Ruben had suffered from various medical problems during her lifetime and, when she became pregnant, doctors advised her to have an abortion. But the heroic mother said that she would not abort her baby to save her life.
Tragically, Ruben was 23 weeks into her pregnancy when she suffered a severe stroke. Doctors thought her baby had died as well and went to present the news to her family that they had lost both a mother and a child. But they soon discovered her baby was alive and her family went to doctors to do everything possible to save the baby’s life.
Unfortunately, four different hospitals refused to allow Ruben’s family to take her to their facilities in order to attempt to save her baby. But officials at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho agreed to take her and doctors were successful in saving her baby’s life.
Medical professionals at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center worked passionately to ensure baby Christopher Ruben would be delivered safely. This would mark the first time a procedure of this kind has ever occurred in the State of Idaho. With four other hospitals having denied transfer requests, a team of doctors of St. Alphonsus courageously embraced the impossible.
Five months and nine days after baby Christopher Ruben was born, Idaho’s miracle baby was healthy and strong enough to be released from the hospital and went home with his family on Friday, July 13.
Jason Herring, Director of Ministry Outreach for Stanton Healthcare and spokesperson for Baby Christopher Ruben’s family, told LifeNews about the amazing story.
“Around halftime on Super Bowl when the nation was talking about the “selfie kid” and the Philadelphia Eagle were on their way to a historic victory, history was being made in Idaho as Baby Christopher Ruben entered the world at 1 lb. 1 oz. with a cry that could be heard in the hallway,” he said.
Herring added: “For over a week Christopher Ruben’s mother had been clinically dead due to a massive stroke. Never in the medical history of Idaho had a mother incubated her son to a successful delivery while on life support. As ‘Baby Christopher’ clung to life, we all clung to hope with his family as we prayed for his health, growth, and strength. Through prayer and support, the Treasure Valley and beyond stood in solidarity with this precious child.”
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Brandi Swindell, Founder and CEO of Stanton Healthcare, also commented to LifeNews on the incredible birth.
“Malinda’s brave commitment to her preborn son, Christopher Ruben, is one of the most heroic things I have ever seen. She sacrificed her own life for her son,” Swindell said. “This is the ultimate example of what it means to be a woman and a mother.”
Swindell said her pregnancy center helped Ruben and her family during the ordeal.
“Stanton Healthcare came alongside Malinda’s family to do all that we could to ensure that ‘Baby Christopher Ruben’ was born healthy and strong, as we have done with hundreds of mothers over the past ten years. Stanton, the wonderful people of Idaho, and the nation are a part of Baby Christopher Ruben’s extended family as we continue to pray and come together to support the family in this new season,” she said.
Baby gifts, financial donations, or cards specifically for ‘Baby Christopher Rueben’ can be delivered or mailed to Stanton Healthcare (3684 N Harbor Lane, Boise or contact Stanton at 208.855.5095 www.StantonInternational.org) during the next 4 weeks and we’ll make sure the family receives the items. ‘Baby Christopher Ruben’ will need clothes size 0-3 and up, diapers for 8 lbs. and up, wipes, toys, etc. The family deeply appreciates all the prayers and support.