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Born at 25 weeks, Eliza Mae Hernan faced an uphill battle right away due to a spontaneous perforation of her small intestine at the very early age of just one day old. She received emergency surgery and was on a ventilator for 4 months during her stay in the NICU.

One moment parents Laura and Elliot Hernan will never forget is the day that the doctors told them that they had done everything they could do to help her and that they needed to decide whether to let her continue on her slowly deteriorating course or to take her off of the ventilator.

They decided to wait and pray for a miracle. And they got one. Eliza’s “Golden rainbow of pee” meant that her kidney was working. She made an astonishing recovery.

When asked to describe the care they received at St. John’s NICU, Laura and Elliot say “we feel that the care we received was above and beyond what we could have ever imagined and we truly feel like Eliza’s caregivers loved and took care of her like she was their own”.

Do you have a miracle child that was treated as HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital? Facebook message us or email and tell us your story! #miraclemondays. You can also make a donation for kids like Eliza here!