• Saving Zoey

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    CARLA BIANCA V. RAVANES

    CARLA BIANCA V. RAVANES

    TV medical dramas often depict stories of everyday miracles and yet, we often look for such stories in our everyday lives.

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    Hanna Diaz was a fun-loving, 21-year-old when she got pregnant. Hanna and her boyfriend, Marc Potente, also 21, welcomed the news with open arms.

    Hanna recalled, “I have been an orphan since I was 19 and I have always felt a hole in my heart and I have always wanted a family.”

    Hanna quickly turned her happy-go-lucky life around which included quitting all of her vices to make sure that the baby she was carrying was healthy. However, because of her previous lifestyle, Hanna’s health became a concern and in her 22nd week of pregnancy, she was confined for severe bleeding caused by stress and UTI. Hanna then quit her job and was put on strict bed rest.

    In her 24th week, Hanna experienced labor pains. Her baby was only six months old.

    First miracle
    The moment Zoey Mabel Diaz Potente was born, there were no loud cries and all the doctors advised her to be strong because Zoey was not expected to live. Hanna and Marc were already asked to prepare the burial details of their child.

    “A chaplain already prayed over her and as she was about to be placed in a box full of ice, Zoey smiled and put her tongue out, as if saying, I’m alive, mommy,” Hanna recalled of the difficult time.

    Everyone was surprised to see Zoey live, however, she was only given a 10 percent chance of survival. The parents were determined to see their daughter live, but because of the chances given by the doctors, they signed a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) waiver.

    Being the mother, Hanna was resolved not to give up even with all of her options exhausted. She got to her knees and prayed the way she never had before. She surrendered Zoey to God and for the first time in a long time, she felt an overwhelming sense of peace.

    More miracles
    The next day, Hanna and Marc took a leap of faith and decided to withdraw the DNR waiver they signed, and as if on cue, Zoey continued to fight for her life as well. The newborn’s chances of living through her ordeal grew higher every day.

    The hospital staff was in awe because Zoey’s internal organs were all intact and her brain had no signs of abnormality. She also survived an Apnea among other things.

    Hanna were also grateful for the people God sent to cover Zoey’s three month stay in the hospital like the manager of PCSO and Mr. and Mrs. Manez who provided Zoey with milk beyond her stay in the hospital.

    After three months, Zoey was given the go-signal to go home.

    Hanna believes that her child’s story is meant to inspire others to believe in miracles.“She is an inspiration to everyone who no longer wants to hold on to their faith. Zoey is a reason to believe that miracles happen if you just believe,” the mother shared.

    So to anyone of you who has been counted out like Zoey, may the child warrior’s story inspire you that with God, all things are possible.

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