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Tear Jerker Alert: 3-Yr-Old Brother Sings to Sick, Newborn Sister

09 Jun

And speaking of preemies, a friend passed this story along to us.  It’s very moving.  As you read it, you may feel it’s just too good to be true, but I’ve learned over the years that a lot of real things that actually happen seem too good to be true.  Check it out.  

Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling.
 
They found out that the new baby was going be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael sang to his sister in mommy's tummy.  He was building a bond of love with his little sister before he even met her.

The pregnancy progressed normally for Karen.  But serious complications arose during delivery and Karen found herself in hours of labor.  Finally, after a long struggle, Michael's little sister was born, but she was in very serious condition and rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit.

Over the next few days, the baby got worse. The pediatrician had to tell the parents to be prepared for the worst.  Michael, however, kept begging his parents to let him see his sister, because he wanted to sing to her.
 
By week two, Karen decided to take Michael to the ICU, even though it was against the rules.  She was afraid he wouldn’t see her alive otherwise. The head nurse objected, but Karen said he wasn’t leaving until he could sing to his sister.
 
In the pure-hearted voice of a 3-year-old, Michael sang: "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray."

As Michael sang to his sister, her ragged, strained breathing became more calm and smooth.  She began to relax as rest seemed to sweep over her.

The very next day...the baby was well enough to go home.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award