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Angel Abby

Location: Reno NV USA

By: Billy Fisher

Our little angel Abby was born Dec. 16, 2005. She was 16 weeks premature. Everyday, Mom and I were at the hospital, hoping and praying for our daughter. She was very small, able to be held in one hand. She weighed only 1.6 pounds at birth, and for a short time even dropped under a pound. She was only 12 1/4 inches long. In her first week of life, she had minor heart surgery. She pulled through it well. Over the next few weeks, she was doing great. She was gaining weight, growing, and mom and I even got to hold her on our chests. The nurses and doctors became very optimistic, and she was doing even better than expected for a time. In our time there, we met all kinds of new people and friends. Support and prayers were coming from people we didnt even know, from all over the world. She was mentioned in masses and prayers as far away as Germany. She was bringing the world together. One sleepless night, we received the phone call we were dreading. She had come down with an infection called NEC. It is an infection that attacks the small intestine, and she had surgery to remove 70% of the small intestine to remove the infection. Three long days and nights passed. Then we got an even worse phone call. The surgery didn't work. We were called into the doctors office to make the toughest decision of our lives. What it came down to is that she wasn't going to make it, and we decided to have her unhooked from her life support that night, we wanted to be there when she passed away. All that afternoon and evening, tears were flowing not only from friends and family, but from the nursing staff as well. Father Tom from our church came to be with us. He stared at Abby for a long time. As he was staring at her, she opened her eyes and stared back at him. He saw an angel. He leaned in and kissed her. He said that night he did something he previously thought was impossible. He kissed the face of God, through our angel Abby. About an hour later, as we were in the waiting room, the nurse brought Abby into us to hold for the last time. She was still alive when we started to hold her. The room was tearful. God sent an angel to be sent up to heaven through us. She died at only 6 weeks old, on Feb 2, 2006. How boring a place heaven would be without children.

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Benedictine bishop of Grenoble, France, patron of St. Bruno. He was born in the Dauphine region and became a canon of the cathedral in Valence. In 1080, while attending a synod in Avignon, Hugh was named bishop of Grenoble. He attempted a massive reform of the diocese, but, discouraged, retired to Chaise Dieu Abbey, and became a Benedictine. Pope St. Gregoiy VII ... continue reading



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