Meet Alise. Alise is an adorable little girl with an incredible story. Found at the bottom of the pool, this 3-year-old girl comes back to life, proving our God still performs miracles!
A Terrible Accident
One hot summer's day, Alise and her mom, Jamie, headed to a friend's pool party. The kids were enjoying the pool, but after a while, parents noticed lightning off in the distance. As the kids were called out of the pool, Jamie says there was something telling her to keep her daughter's life vest on. But the party was wrapping up and swim time was over, so there was really no reason to do so. Jamie shrugged off the feeling and took the vest off of Alise.
Everyone was heading over to the patio to grab a snack before heading home. But when Jamie turned around, Alise was no longer where she'd last seen her. And that's when she just knew something was wrong.
Jamie circled the pool, but didn't see Alise anywhere. But as she did a second lap around, what she saw made her heart stop. Out from underneath one of the rafts stuck a tiny foot. . . Alise's foot.
Praying For Help From Above
The terrified mom jumped into action. She dove into the pool, shouting to the other parents to call 911. She says,
"I was praying while I grabbed her that she would start coughing as if she’d just fallen in. But when I brought her up from the water, it was evident she was without life. She was blue.”
Jamie rushed her daughter to the side of the pool, where she and another parent, Heather, started doing CPR. Heather, a CPR instructor, recalls that she had very little hope for Alise, who had no pulse.
As the minutes ticked by, Heather and Jamie continued to perform CPR. But the outlook was growing more dismal by each passing second. And so, the terrified onlookers did the best thing they could. . .they prayed. Natika Rowles, another mom at the party, says,
"All I knew was to pray. Fear kicks in, but the Word says ‘speak those things not as they were,' and there was not life. We wanted life so we spoke life, because that’s what God tells us to do."
God Sends A Miracle
For 12 minutes Alise had no pulse. For 12 minutes her mother and Heather performed CPR with no result. And that's 12 minutes on top of the amount of time Alise spent under water in the pool. Logic would tell you that there was no hope for Alise.
But if you think back to the story of Lazarus, you may recall that he was dead for 4 days before Jesus brought him back to life. And after 12 minutes, God did the same for Alise. Jamie says,
"She all of the sudden had color and pink lips. Her heart started and she started breathing. It was strong, loud breaths.”
The ambulance arrived, and Alise was rushed to the hospital.
She may have been breathing, but the 3-year-old was still in critical condition, and doctors didn't have much hope. No one knows just how long Alise's little body had been deprived of oxygen. Doctor Jeremy Garrett says,
"Her body and her brain were hurt. Her lungs took on severe injury which continued to be a problem."
And so, the family continued to turn to the Great Healer. A friend set up the Facebook page, Boldly Pray For Alise, where thousands followed Alise's journey and prayed for her recovery. And the power those prayers carried is truly amazing!
An Amazing Recovery
After 6 days, Alise started improving. Doctors decreased her sedation, and Alise woke up. They removed her ventilator, and this little miracle stunned everyone by not only talking, but also singing! (Watch little Alise sing in the video below)
I was at a point of darkness that was too much to bare alone. I gave my pain to God. I pleaded for his power, mercy, love, and grace. I am witnessing his miracle. I will spread the good news. The LORD is our light and our salvation.Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”#BoldlyPrayforALISE
Posted by Boldly Pray for Alise on Tuesday, August 4, 2015
She continued to improve at a rate that astounded her doctors.
Her brain had been without oxygen for well over 12 minutes, and yet, she was advancing both mentally and physically in a way they could not explain.
An amazed Doctor Jeremy Garrett says there is no medical explanation:
"Her brain has gotten through it, her lungs recovered and as near as we can tell she’s back to functioning as high level a 3-year-old can. For her brain to come through this and be as functional as possible is astounding. Prayer and luck and divine intervention were the key factors."
After only 2 weeks, Alise was able to go home. And just about everyone recognizes that God is the reason.
Natika, one of the mom's from the party, says,
"His hand was in it the entire time because there is no earthly, physical, rational way that little girl is running around and talking less than two weeks later."
And little Alise is thankful for all of the prayers that led to her miraculous recovery:
Sweet Baby Alise Update: She remains stable with good vital signs and lab results. They haves weaned her off of oxygen completely and her O2 sat remains above 95%. They are weaning her off of the stronger sedation medications and treating her withdrawal symptoms. They have removed her arterial line, nasal canulas, 1 peripheral IV, and 1 of her NG tubes. She still has a feeding tube inserted in her small intestines to bypass her stomach. They are going to move the tube into her stomach to check to see if her tolerance has improved. ST conducted a swallow test today and she is not safe to eat or drink at this time.
We are waiting for the trauma team to clear her from a neck injury, the neurology team’s assessment, and for PT and OT evaluations.Alise continues to show improved cognition as her sedatives leave her system and withdrawal symptoms subside. She has been playing her Elsa flute, listening to Pete the Cat books, watching Little People movies, and talking to us all morning. We are eternally grateful for the BOLD and worldwide prayers for Alise. We continue to pray for her to remain infection free and for a full recovery. We glorify the Lord for her healing. Romans 15:5-6″May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”#BoldlyPrayforALISE
Posted by Boldly Pray for Alise on Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Let Alise's story serve as a reminder that we have a God who loves us and still answers prayers!
"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16
Credit: KFVS 12
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