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“Miracle” Micro-Preemie’s Family Gets Wonderful News, Just In Time for Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, a Texas family had something extra special to be thankful for: their micro-preemie miracle baby will be home with them

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This Thanksgiving, a Texas family had something extra special to be thankful for: their micro-preemie miracle baby will be home with them after over 100 days in the hospital.

Pearly Jo Calhoun was born in July at just 23 weeks gestation, but that wasn’t the last time she’d stun her parents, AJ and Tisha, and her doctors. Pearly Jo, or PJ, is among just 15 percent of micro-preemies who are released from the neonatal intensive care unit without major health problems.

PJ is also the youngest surviving micro preemie at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in McKinney, Texas, where she’d make her home for the next 136 days.

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Little PJ now weighs in at a happy, healthy nine pounds, and was set to spend Thanksgiving at home, safe in her mom and dad’s arms.

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Tisha shared with her local NBC station that PJ was the “rainbow baby”, a baby born after a miscarriage or infant loss, that she’d been praying for. “For years after our first miscarriage I would lay my head on AJ’s shoulder every night and cry and say, ‘When will we have a baby?'”

All odds seemed stacked against the Calhouns when Tisha delivered PJ at just 23 weeks due to an incompetent cervix.

“I just had to keep repeating to myself, my husband reassured me. We are gonna leave the hospital with a live baby,” Tisha recalled. “I will survive labor.”

Tiny Pearly Jo was born at just 1.1 pounds but was full of life and strength.

“They said, don’t be surprised if she doesn’t cry when she comes out. But she did, she let out three huge cries. Everyone in the delivery room gasped,” Tisha added.

After PJ was born, Tisha drove 100 miles roundtrip every day from Pottsboro to McKinney to be with her just to experience the mundane milestones many parents take for granted: “We made it to four months before I got pooped on, I was elated. I had a brand new shirt, I’m like, ‘Look. I got poop on me. We should probably laminate this.’”

After over 100 days caring for PJ, her doctors and nurses say they’ll miss her, but they hope to see her again at one of the hospital’s annual reunions with families of NICU babies.

“Our baby Pearly Jo beat all the odds,” said Dr. Arpitha Chiruvolu, NICU medical director at Baylor Scott & White, noting that 60% of babies born as early as Pearly Jo never leave the hospital.

“Each and every baby has a purpose,” Chiruvolu added, “and she definitely has a purpose and we know she’s going to move mountains.”

What an incredible story! Praise God this baby is now safe and sound at home.

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Catholic Priest Says A Prayer For ‘Unborn Child In The Womb’ During The DNC

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A Catholic priest who was called upon to deliver a prayer during the Democratic National Convention no doubt made quite a few folks very, very angry by praying for and making a plea on behalf of unborn children at the end of the event. Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit who has caused quite a stir in the Catholic Church for his writings about gay and transgender issues, prayed that folks who were watching the event would open their hearts to “those most in need,” which included “the unborn child in the womb.” Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: “Help to be a nation where every life is sacred, all people are loved, and all are welcome,” he said. Martin confirmed to the Washington Examiner earlier in the week that his prayer would contain explicit references to the unborn. Although a hot-button issue for much of the Democratic primary, abortion did not play a major role in the Democratic convention. Aside from Martin’s prayer, the issue received only minimal attention, with some speakers mentioning it in their speeches. Republicans, by contrast, are gearing up to make a major issue of abortion at the Republican National Convention next week. In addition to several anti-abortion speakers, the Republican National Committee invited Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, to deliver the convention’s opening prayer. Dolan has previously done so at both the Republican and Democratic conventions, during which he prayed for the protection of the unborn. At the end of the day, abortion is one of the most critical issues to face our culture in modern history. The reason, of course, is because fundamentally, at the core of the issue, is the defense of the most basic right we all have. The God-given right to exist, to live. If we cannot…

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President Trump Says He’d ‘Go In And Do A Number On Middle East Countries Persecuting Christians’

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President Trump recently said that he would “do a number” on countries located in the Middle East that are persecuting Christians if he could find solid proof and evidence that sort of thing was happening. Christians in that part of the world are heavily persecuted, mostly by radical Muslim government regimes and terrorist groups, for daring to stand up boldly for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: “If you look at the way Christians have been treated in some countries, it’s beyond disgraceful,” Trump said Thursday during a news conference at the White House. “If I had information and if I had absolute proof — some of the stories that we’ve heard, which are not easy, which is not easy to get — I would go in and do a number to those countries like you wouldn’t believe. He added, “What they do to Christians in the Middle East — it’s disgraceful.” Trump made the comment while discussing the nascent “Abraham Accord” treaty to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. This is not only going to be a big help to Christians in that area of the world, but it will also help Israel as well. For many, many years, the Jewish Nation has been surrounded by countries who do not recognize it’s legitimate right to exist. Striking this deal is a first step in changing that way of thinking in that part of the world. It’s something a lot of folks probably never dreamed possible before. Christians are told in the Bible to expect persecutions and to rejoice in suffering for the cause of Christ. However, that doesn’t mean we should allow persecution to continue on as if it’s a good thing. It’s not. If we have an opportunity…

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