In Dallas, the doctor walked into the small hospital room of Diana Blessing. She was still groggy from surgery.
Her husband, David, held her hand as they braced themselves for the latest news…

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That afternoon of March 10, 1991, complications had forced Diana, only 24-weeks pregnant, to undergo an emergency Cesarean to deliver the couple’s new daughter, Dana Lu Blessing.
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At 12 inches long and weighing only one pound nine ounces, they already knew she was perilously premature.
Still, the doctor’s soft words dropped like bombs.
“I don’t think she’s going to make it,” he said, as kindly as he could. “There’s only a 10-percent chance she will live through the night, and even then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very cruel one…”

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Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described the devastating problems Dana would likely face if she survived: That she would never walk, she would never talk, she would probably be blind, and she would certainly be prone to other catastrophic conditions from cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation, and so on.
“No! No!” was all Diana could say.
She and David, with their 5-year-old son Dustin, had long dreamed of the day they would have a daughter to become a family of four.

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Now, within a matter of hours, that dream was slipping away…


But as those first days passed, a new agony set in for David and Diana..

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Because Dana’s underdeveloped nervous system was essentially ‘raw’, the lightest kiss or caress only intensified her discomfort, so they couldn’t even cradle their tiny baby girl against their chests to offer the strength of their love.

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All they could do, as Dana struggled alone beneath the ultraviolet light in the tangle of tubes and wires, was to pray that God would stay close to their precious little girl.
There was never a moment when Dana suddenly grew stronger.
But as the weeks went by, she did slowly gain an ounce of weight here and an ounce of strength there.
At last, when Dana turned two months old, her parents were able to hold her in their arms for the very first time.

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And two months later, though doctors continued to gently but grimly warn that her chances of surviving, much less living any kind of normal life, were next to zero, Dana went home from the hospital, just as her mother had predicted.

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Five years later, Dana was a petite but feisty young girl with glittering gray eyes and an unquenchable zest for life.
She showed no signs whatsoever of any mental or physical impairment. Simply, she was everything a little girl can be and more. But that happy ending is far from the end of her story.
One blistering afternoon in the summer of 1996 near her home in Irving, Texas, Dana was sitting in her mother’s lap in the bleachers of a local ball park where her brother Dustin’s baseball team was practicing.

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As always, Dana was chattering nonstop with her mother and several other adults sitting nearby when she suddenly fell silent. Hugging her arms across her chest, little Dana asked, “Do you smell that?”
Smelling the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm, 24 Jesus sitting with child.bmpDiana replied, “Yes, it smells like rain.”
Dana closed her eyes and again asked, “Do you smell that?”
Once again, her mother replied, “Yes, I think we’re about to get wet. It smells like rain.”
Still caught in the moment, Dana shook her head, patted her thin shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced,
“No, it smells like Him. It smells like God when you lay your head on His chest.”

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Tears blurred Diana’s eyes as Dana happily hopped down to play with the other children.
Before the rains came, her daughter’s words confirmed what Diana and all the members of the extended Blessing family had known, at least in their hearts, all along.
During those long days and nights of her first two months of her life, when her nerves were too sensitive for them to touch her, God was holding Dana on His chest and it is His loving scent that she remembers so well.

 

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38 Responses to ““Does Somebody Care for Me?””

  1. 1 Helen

    Many thanks for that lovely story. With all the terrible things going on in the world it is so soothing to be reminded of how much God loves us.

  2. 2 Katherine

    What a touching story, i’m sitting in a public library with tears in my eyes. Just to hear that God is with all things really touches me heart.

  3. 3 Katherine

    what a touching story, i’m sitting in a public library with tears in my eyes, to know that God is all things and is watching over eben the tinyest of things really touches my heart.

  4. 4 Merle

    What an awesome God we have. It reminds us that God had us in mind and designed us before he created the world.
    There should be more stories like these being passed around. To those of us who never had to go through this kind of difficulties of bringing up a child, let’s be thankful. To those in similar situations as this family, please hang in there, God is in control.

  5. 5 LUCY

    Greetings in the wonderful name of our LORD”JESUS CHRIST”..Dear Diana,the smell is real,and it cannot be described, becouse there is nothing on earth that smell like it.I believe that the ”LORD”,touches some special children in a way that belongs to him..When I was a child I would walk on the beach close to the shore,and feel a n undescribeble silence,a peace deep into my hart.I have had many near death experiences and survived,at 19 I was drowning in rough sea ,I am a good smimmer,as I felt all my sthrenth go, and resigned myself to die ,I felt as if someone grabbed me from behind and out I was with the wave..Yes Dana is special ,we can feel him in our hart and smell its presence,it is so strange that only yesterday I had to face some people who call themselves christians ,but are giving me trials and pain.And just as I walked out of my front door, we have flowers,and plants,the smell came to my nose all around me,and I new that ”THE LORD ”was saying Iam with you,be strong,I told those people exactly ,how their behaviour is disgusting and left..Nobody else can smell it ,I have even asked total strangers ,close to me if they can smell it too,the answer is always;I can’t smell anything..Give a hug to Dana from me and tell her that she is ”special”..The secret things belong unto the ”LORD”our ”GOD”..deutoronomy chap 29 v 29..Love in ”JESUS CHRIST” his servant Lucy…

  6. 6 heather

    hey i was a preemie baby and i only weighed 3 lbs 5.2 oz and i was born 0n may 20th, 1990 and i was due july 12th,1990…. i was so little but now i am a healthy 16 year old women….

  7. 7 heather

    i love the lord and when ever i read this i thought it was so sweet how she knew who god was….

  8. 8 Leonard Carroll

    This story touched me deeply. I have recently been called by God to do something about abortion in Australia. It was not something I had particularly wanted to do because I had previously felt God pulling me in other directions. However, He left me in no doubt as to His intentions with a series of miraculous events over several months. I have very recently written to people who I believe can give me guidance. I am still feeling my way but I know that it is imperative that I move as quickly as is reasonably possible. I would deeply appreciate a letter or email from Pastor Danny as to positive steps that I can take.

    God bless you all and thank you for this inspiring story.

    Ph: (03) 9390 6783 M: 0431 172 398

  9. 9 Tiffany McGinnis

    I definately felt God come over me while reading your story. I am 20 weeks pregnant right now and I am always worrying about how my baby boy is doing and I always am very afraid that something will go wrong because I was in a very bad accident about eight years ago and either way the affects of the accident will heavily affect my pregnancy and already has. It was very relieving to hear your story because it just reminds me that no matter how hopeless the situation is that as long as you put that little life and your own in God’s hands all is well. As I was reading the story I was afraid things would not turn out so well but it was wonderful to hear that she is a perfectly happy and healthy baby.

    Thank you again for the story
    God Bless

  10. 10 Renee

    What an amazing story and what a strong little girl!! Praise God….hes truly wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing your story.

  11. 11 Mrs B

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful story, of victory amidst all bad odds. It is wonderful to have a good health but Even when life is slipping away God is standing right by. I know of a woman who had a child that the doctors said had no brain the child had a very low weight and many seizures while still unborn. The mother was told to abort. She refused. Their baby lived for 4 hours after getting born, she was still thankful for that time together, I think that child smells Jesus too.

  12. 12 rhonda nelson

    Hi. I was reading that and thought how lovely.
    I am an Australian and i do not belive in religion but think that is a lovely story for anyone who belives or does not either way it is a very special thing that this gorgeous child is intuned to a higher being.

  13. 13 Jisa

    Its an amazing story !!!!!!
    Thankyou Jesus for surviving this child.

  14. 14 Teddy

    Jesus was there for me when I was a child and my dad was over seas in Vietnam. My sister asked me about it later if I remembered seeing that man who we would see standing there and then he wasn’t. I told her who it was it was Jesus. He was also there when I was in Desert Storm and facing giants in my mind. I gave my life to Him that day. Later I committed my life to Him. Today I am blessed beyond my wildest imagination. Make Him yours today! You won’t regret it!

    Thank you for sharing this story.

    My son Elijah looked at a picture of Jesus in a magazine when he was just about 2 years old. My wife and I asked him who it was in the picture and he said “God”. We could not get over how he knew that. We couldn’t remember ever talking about Jesus before.

    Pay attention to the little ones.

  15. 15 Brodie

    Hi,
    This story was very touching. I was a premmie baby and I was born 1 lb 6 oz. (625 grms for us Australians) I was 4 months early, I was born on May 23 1985 but was supposed to be in September. My parents couldnt pick me up or even touch me for months (incase they puncture me) because I was so small. I am not a religious person, I dont go to church or anything like that but I know there somewhere is a GOD and that he watches over me no matter how hard life has been, or is.

    Take Care……

  16. 16 Lana

    I’m from Croatia and I saw this story few times… I don’t know how about you but I belive it…

  17. 17 Cathleen

    thank you for sharing your experience. I am currently 24 weeks pregnant, and am constantly worrying about my baby girl. It’s nice to know that god was watching over your family and held you so dearly at such a time of need. It encourages me more than anything else I’ve read thus far-there’s so little chance of my baby living if something were to happen.
    Thank you so much

  18. 18 amanda

    What would heaven be without little babies? I have always believed that babies were in the presence of God, the heavenly Father. long before they came to be in the presence of their earthly parents. As parents, we often fail to realize that our children are not our own…they are simply on loan to us for a little while. They were God’s first and, if we as parent’s do our job, will sit with Him again someday. The innocence of youth is so pure, so gentle. There is no wonder that children are the most receptive vessel for God to send his love to Earth. Many times, my own children have referenced things of a spiritual nature that are far beyond their years of comprehension. It has been at those times, when tears filled my eyes, that I could feel how close God is and how blessed I am to be entrusted with these precious lives. “Suffer the little children to come unto me…”.

  19. 19 melanie

    Bless.
    My baby girl is now twelve weeks old. She was born seventeen weeks early at 530grams. There has never bee a doubt in my mind that Jesus is with her. That Mother Mary holds her whilst I cannot be there during the nights.

    May you all find peace knowing that lifes path is God’s will and that all things happen for a reason.

  20. 20 Iris

    I recently lost my baby girl. I had to undergo a c-section and the minute they cut the cord, she could not breathe on her own and the doctors had to rush her to ICU.Just like you, we were told by the doctors that her chances of surviving was very slim and if the baby would live, she would have a very difficult life. Only medications and the life support machines were keeping her alive. The doctors asked my husband if the medications should be continued or let her go. My husband refused to give up and told the doctors to do whatever they can to save her. The decision was taken out of our hands. God made the decision for us and took her away so she wouldn’t suffer anymore. She didn’t make it through the night. I never got to hold her or kiss her make her FEEL that I was with her and that I love her very much. This was what made it so painful for me. When i read this article, I cried. Now i know that my darling daughter was not alone. God was watching over her and holding her for me. She is where she belongs…in God’s loving arms. Thank you so much for sharing your story. It gives me and my family great comfort KNOWING that she is never alone. God bless you.

  21. 21 Colleen

    Wow! What an amazing story! God is good!

  22. 22 PETRO-MARIE

    This is such an amazing storie, its so beautifull. God has never failed any of us even though we doubt sometimes. I’m from South-Africa and God has always been part of my life but everyday i hear about miracles and its awesome i always cry. Im pregnant now and still very early but i thank Him everyday. May God bless every person in this world and may every human being open there hearts to God so they can also experience the love and peace you have when you have God in your life.

  23. 23 Diann Sanders

    I want to thank you for this awesome testamony. I am a grandmother of four beautful grand-daughters. My youngest grand-daughter is now 24 weeks old and was born at 23 weeks. My daughter is going through the same thing with her baby girl and truly believes in God. I pull strength from this testamony to know that God is a healer. If He did it before, He can do it again. Grandmother from Olympia WA. God Bless

  24. 24 nikki

    My water broke at 26 weeks and I carried my baby until he was 32 weeks old. He came out bumped and bruised but crying. He spent 5 weeks in the nicu and is now a healthy and happy eight month old baby boy. I was going through a very tough time in my marriage when my waters broke. When I was in there and specialist were being flown in trying to keep me from delivering my baby I couldn’t do anything to help… I had only one option…PRAY. I am so lucky to have my baby and I wrote on the wall in front of me that I could do anything through christ who stregnthened me and I did. God opened my eyes and showed me that he was driving and I had to depend on him and trust in him. Sometimes you have to be at the hardest time in your life to lay down exausted and scared to death and just beg him to take care of you. I am so lucky he blessed me with my baby Noah. We named him Noah because we knew he could do the impossible and that he was strong and ready to come into this world bumps, bruises, tubes, monitors and all… I will always love you my wowee and I know that every time I left you (only during shift changes) and I was scared you would quit breathing again I prayed for God and His angels to stay at your bed and watch you while you would sleep. Sometimes it seemed like I felt them there with us. I will always love you thank you for opening up my eyes.

  25. 25 Fallon

    I love you Nikki & Noah! Noah is our Miracle baby! Nikki is my sister and I stayed with her almost every day and night while she was holding him inside as long as she could with no water….I knew somehow our baby was going to be perfectly fine despite the struggles he went through to get here! I’m 26 weeks pregnant now and could not imagine going through what you and other women and their beautiful babies have gone through! They are all miracles, and I’m so thankful to have our Noah bug as our miracle. After all Noah has been through he is the best baby anyone could ask for, he is truly perfect in every single way! I love you my NOAH!!!! You’re our MIRACLE BABY!!!!

  26. 26 suziewong

    I had my daughter 10 weeks early she weighed 4lb 2oz but her lungs where not developed enough to work alone she was ventilated and take 70 miles away from me and the family that was august 14th 1992 ..She had very low immune system and was a very ill child ..She also had very severe epilepsy of which she had to be resuscitated on a few occasions ..They started when she was 3 and she had her last one when she was 11 ..She has been very well since and now 23 weeks pregnant with her own baby girl after she lost one doe to being ectopic last year and needing major surgery to remove a tube ..

    So thank god all that have had prem babies have the help to survive, miracles do happen

  27. 27 sydonnie

    I have experienced the love of our savourJesus Christ and i know he loves us and is always there for us even when situations seem impossible. All we have to do is just trust and beleive in him. He will take our cares and take care of us and all that matters to us. He loves us so much. What a awesome feeling to know that! This story has touched my heart and what a blessing. Your daughter is here for a special reason and will touch and continue to bless other people’s lives while here. God bless your family always.

  28. 28 Brittney

    The same thing happened to me. My son died. Now wheres god? was someone elses baby more important. or was mine special and he went to fly with angels?

  29. 29 Susan

    This story is one of the most inspiring stories ever!! I cry evry single time I read it. It makes me believe again and it makes me hope so much more.. May God always protect that little dear girl!!!! He already started….

  30. 30 erin howard

    Been there with you, my friend. Had my own 23week, 4 day old baby weighing at 1lb, 8oz and 12 1/4″ long. We were told the same news. Neonatologists told us she probably wouldn’t make it and if she did, she would have serious problems. She is 16 mos old now and other than being small, she is very healthy and very active. We are overjoyed with what the Lord has done!! Praising God with you that the power of life and death is held in His hands – not the very intelligent, educated neonatologists. They are merely human. How great is our God!!

  31. 31 Kenyatta Moreland

    Erin, I too had my daughter at 23 weeks and 4 days… 1 lb and 3 oz and 12″ long. Seems like the Neonatologists are all the same…I was told all the same things…My daughter Talea is now 6 months old and doing amazing! I am also pregnant again with my second daughter and amazing enough I am 23 weeks and 4 days today and she is still in there growing and moving! God is great!

  32. 32 Suzie Thomas

    This story touched my heart so much, and after i read it i cried so hard and I too at that moment felt God’s presence. I am 25 weeks along in my pregnancy, I took a bad fall on ice a little over two weeks ago, the baby is fine but my placenta tore away some from my uterus and the doctor that day if fell said i could lose my baby. I have never felt so frightened and helpless when the doctor gave us the news, i couldn’t even breath. I spent the night in the hospital and they sent me home on bedrest the next day and am still on bedrest now. So far everything is okay, and the tear is healing. I pray to God everyday to take care of my prescious baby boy inside of me and keep him safe. I have so much love for him its undescribable. This story is so beautiful. Little Dana is an angel, all baby’s are. Goodluck to you and everyone and their beautiful little angels. I can’t wait to meet mine and hold him in my arms and look into his eyes for the first time. Thankyou so much for sharing this truly amazing story.

  33. 33 shannon

    I am twenty four weeks pregnant now and i just couldnt help but tear up during this wonderful story. i am at my desk at work and im preaty sure this is one of the best stories ever told. thank God for all he does.

  34. 34 LORI

    What a beautiful story! I’m still crying right now. God is so awesome that hearing stories of His miracles brings me to tears. I am 24 weeks pregnant and going through some difficult times. I constantly thank Jesus for the gift of my baby girl. Brittney, I don’t know why your son died. I know he is definitely in heaven with Jesus. Things happen in life beyond our comprehension but there is a purpose for everything and you will get to meet your son in heaven one glorious day! You can rest assured in that. Diana, thanks for sharing this beautiful story of how God is with our little ones and us always.

  35. 35 Ariana Vire

    I am too a miracle baby! I was born 24 weeks in 1986. Your story so similar to mine in that the doctor told my parents that I probably wouldn’t make it , and if I did I wouldn’t have a quality of life or be mentally retarded. But my parents never lost hope and faith. The only complications that I had were a heart murmur (that went away) and mild cerebral palsy that has never prevented me to live a normal life. It is so great to here such a beautiful story!

  36. 36 Josephine

    May God bless all His little angels. May the adults and teenagers around them learn from them. Aww it’s amazing how He makes His Word to us visible.

  37. 37 ONIE

    PRAYER FOR THE DENGUE CHILD

    CAN YOU SPARE MOMENTS OF YOUR TIME FOR THE CASUALTIES OF DENGUE?

    FEEL THE PANGS OF THE SUFFERING CHILD. HE MAY BE YOUR CHILD, A YOUNG BROTHER/SISTER OR A FRIEND’S CHILD.

    IF YOU HAVE THE MOMENTS, PLEASE SAY THE PRAYER AT THE BACK OF THIS CHIP.
    PLEASE GIVE/SEND THIS MESSAGE TO YOUR OTHER FRIENDS ALSO.

    FATHER IN HEAVEN, I LOVE YOU. PLEASE,SEND US YOUR LOVE AND COMPASSION.
    WHATEVER SUFFERING OF FEAR, WORRY AND HATRED I HAVE CAUSED THESE CHILDREN AND OTHER PEOPLE, I ‘M SORRY,
    PLEASE FORGIVE ME… THANK YOU… I LOVE YOU.
    MAY WE DWELL IN YOUR LOVE AND COMPASSION, AMEN.

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