Six months ago, doctors thought Phoenix Da’Vine had just hours to live.
The Maryland infant suffered cardiac arrest after an open heart surgery, and when her family decided to take her off life support, they were told she would not live long, ABC 7 reports.
But Phoenix survived.
Now, the Temple Hills girl and her family are getting ready to celebrate her 1st birthday.
According to the local news, Phoenix was born with major heart problems on Aug. 25, 2018. She underwent several heart surgeries during her first few months of life, including open heart surgery when she was 5 months old.
Her mother, Monique Goldring, remembered seeing her daughter turn blue during the surgery.
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“I shook her face and lifted her arm up, it went limp,” she said.
Dr. Tonosha Johnson told the news outlet that Phoenix suffered major brain damage due to a lack of oxygen. Johnson said they placed her on life support and discussed options with her mother.
Goldring said they were told that Phoenix would have a poor quality of life, and they considered removing her life support.
“I prayed. I asked her to let me know if she’s tired,” she remembered. “She turned around and looked directly at me. That’s when I knew she was tired.”
Doctors removed the baby girl’s life support, and hospice came in. Her family said goodbye, believing she would die within a few hours.
Instead, she lived.
Phoenix’s life continues to surprise her family and doctors.
“She is continuing to defy the medical odds by living and thriving beyond what many expected,” her doctor said.
The baby girl still has oxygen and feeding tubes, and she needs two more heart surgeries. However, Goldring said her doctors are concerned that Phoenix will not survive the surgeries.
“I am desperately hoping that somebody will look at her case and perform this surgery on her,” she said. “The doctors say she won’t walk, won’t talk. I stress that she may not be doing those things right now but I was also told that she would be gone in six hours. So, I am going to just sit back and watch her thrive.”
Her miraculous survival brings hope to families in difficult situations and serves as an important reminder that every baby’s life has potential.