The power of prayer |

The power of prayer

I was pleased to see the article make it into The Union in time for folks to be aware of the upcoming Community Co-Ed Softball Tournament taking place from 8 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Park.

However, I was greatly disappointed to see no mention of what my article to The Union was all about — not just Brodie’s condition, but the power of prayer!

When we arrived at Sutter Memorial Hospital, two of the nurses told us that they had not seen an infant with Brodie’s condition survive. The board-certified pediatric cardiologist had not seen a heart this dysfunctional. Her heart was working at just 5 to 10 percent efficiency. He transferred her to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. There, the cardiovascular ICU doctors painted a grim future, stating her prognosis was “very poor.”

We prayed. And meditated. And prayed and meditated some more. We believe in the power of God and the power of the holy ones and prayed incessantly. The doctors began to marvel at how stable she was despite her very sick heart. They told us she had the sickest heart in the CVICU, and yet she looked the best. We prayed for stable lab values, and our prayers were answered. We asked our Holy Lady and Lord for weight gain, and again, our prayers were answered with Brodie gaining an average of 3-plus ounces per day, 1.9 pounds in the first 10 days alone. We prayed for her intense discomfort to go away, both her heart pain as well as her GI discomfort, and watched as each day they diminished until yesterday, when she went the entire day full of smiles and with no discomfort at all. We prayed that she could be weaned off her oxygen successfully, and her oxygen saturation levels remain at 100 percent.

Since being at Stanford, her heart has responded to the meds, increasing her cardiac function from 5 to 10 percent up to 10 to 15 percent and, as of Friday, 17 percent. Another blessing! We have been blessed abundantly in every way and had wished to give God and all the holy ones are greatest praise, glory and gratitude.

She will indeed need a heart transplant, but at this point in time, she has defied the medical odds, and we have no doubt that divine intervention is responsible for this. I asked The Union and told them our greatest need right now was continued prayer. I was very saddened to see no mention of God, our holy ones or prayer.

It is my hope that should any readers be reading this, they will remember to uplift Brodie in prayer. And if you have it in you, please extend those prayers and blessings to all the little ones in need that your prayers may have a rippling effect throughout humanity.

If you would like to see pictures of Brodie and read her daily updates, you may do so by visiting her Facebook page, which is set to public:

While our greatest request is prayer, there are also considerable unexpected expenses that have been incurred. For anyone wishing to help, Jennifer has asked that all donations be made through her sister, Emily Rose:

Donations can be made in any of the following ways:

1.) PayPal sent to (click “gift” to avoid fees).

2.) Check payable to Emily Rose, P.O. Box 372, Rough and Ready, CA 95975.

3.) Direct Deposit at any Wells Fargo branch, Brodie Rose Bomar (Emily Rose), Account No. 1453223636.

Jill Rose (Brodie’s grandmother) lives in Nevada County.

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