Maria, Violeta’s mom, came into my office with Mr. May. He said, “Maria has a story for you.”
She began in her broken English, pausing frequently to find the right word. Occasionally, I guessed at the next word, until she said, “Just wait, you listen.” I shut up and listened.
She continued slowly, “In January, when I found out I was expecting, I thought, ‘Oh, Lord, I have three girls, how can we manage another baby?’ and I cried for three months. Then in March, we found out Violeta had leukemia, and I cried for two more months. Then the doctors were trying to figure things out and who might be the best match for treating Violeta……and guess what……even though the baby was not born yet, the baby is the best match. Rosa Maria is the best match! So when she was born…” There was a very long pause….
At his point the Holy Spirit is buzzing every bone in my body, and I can’t stay quiet and I said, “They saved the umbilical cord blood rich in stem cells and will use it for the transplant!” Her smile and tears confirmed the blessing. We smiled, laughed and hugged all at the same time. Maria continued, “I said to the Lord, ‘Oh, sorry, sorry, sorry. Thank you, thank you, thank you.’”
Lord, thank you for using two crosses to bless one another, and thank you for reminding us to trust in You. Thank you for Violeta and Maria Rosa, who is now about two months old. Her stem cells were given to Violeta on Monday, October 23rd, after the chemotherapy in which all her potentially diseased blood cells were killed. I just spoke to Maria and she said, “Right now Violeta isn’t feeling well, but the doctors say it is all good. We have to be very careful she does not get sick, but it is all perfect.” (This story is retold with Maria’s permission.) Violeta will not be back to school for a long time yet, but the road to recovery is unfolding. Let’s thank God for His goodness!