An Iowa family suffered a devastating loss when their 1-year-old toddler, baby Cora, died from complications of a virus infection. But the little girl has given hope and life to 2 children and an adult thanks to organ donation.
Paul and Meagan Sobolik experienced every parent’s worst nightmare. They has to bid goodbye to their baby girl, Coralynn “Cora” Eve Sobolik, after she was declared brain dead. Cora’s parents decided to donate her organs so other people’s lives could be saved.
A video of Cora’s family members and hospital staff paying tribute to her was shared by her mother on Facebook. In the heart-wrenching clip, hospital staff and family members lined the hallway singing ‘Amazing Grace’ as the tiny girl was wheeled into theater to save lives.
“You get to save three people,” the mother whispered to her tiny daughter. “I love you forever.”
Baby Cora started feeling unwell on April 19. On a GoFoundMe page Cora’s aunt, Melissa Brevig, had setup for her niece, she explained that Cora experienced troubles breathing. She was rushed to Cresco Medical in Iowa. The doctors who received her recommended she get treated at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
The toddler’s heart stopped during the procedure of her sedation and intubation but the doctors were able to make her heart pump again, after which she was transferred to Rochester. It was at Rochester that the parents were told their little Cora suffered brain damage. Doctors were not certain her condition would improve.
Cora’s situation got worse on her first night at the hospital. “In the middle of the night, Cora’s brain started to swell, and they did an emergency CAT scan. This test came back with the worst news ever. There was no coming back.” Brevig wrote.
Baby Cora was pronounced dead on Easter Sunday, April 21. Her parents decided they would donate her organs to people who desperately needed them. “When we knew that she wasn’t ever going to wake and that she was gone mentally, we knew that she would want her organs to help people in need,” Meagan Sobolik told People.
Meagan Sobolik filmed the touching moment in order to include family who could not be there in person, but the video ended up touching millions of lives with little Cora’s brave story.
“I was speechless, and it was truly wonderful to see and feel so much love and support for our little girl,” Sobolik told People.
The parents hope their child’s story would inspire others to register as organ donors. “Even though Coralynn was so young, she made a huge impact on the world. Coralynn was able to donate her heart and save a 1 year old little boy, her liver saved a 1 year old little girl, and her kidneys went to help a 41 year old lady.” Her obituary read.
“When your child donates their organs, they live on in someone else [and] they are saving people that otherwise [might] not be saved without your child’s gifts. Our daughter was absolutely the world to us. She was such a happy little girl and always laughing — her laugh was infectious.” Sobolik told People.
She added, “Cora is our little superhero, and I believe is becoming an inspiration for millions of people and also helping to raise awareness for organ donation all over the world.”
Rest in peace baby Cora. You truly are a superhero. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the grieving family.
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17-Year-Old begs To Be Adopted Before Time Runs Out, Pleading For ‘Anyone Who Will Take Me’
Haven, a 17-year-old from Oklahoma City, has been waiting and hoping to get his forever family for a long time. Soon, the teen will age out of the foster care system, and is now issuing a desperate plea for a family to take him in before he does.
Haven is involved with the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. He says he’s passionate about one day joining the military so that, in his own words, “be a part of something bigger than myself and serving my country.”
Having been in the Oklahoma Department of Human Services custody for the last five years, Haven says it now feels like his dream of being adopted is beginning to feel hopeless each passing day.
Haven currently lives in a shelter with four other children. While he is thankful he has a place to live and sleep in, the situation can sometimes feel frustrating and limiting. “It gets old at times, just being there. Not being able to go out whenever I want.” He told Oklahoma News 4.
Still the teen has hopes for a better future. He said, “I’d probably like to travel the world, which the army helps with that.”
But his biggest wish right now, is to get a family he belongs to and that will love him and provide him with the comfort and support that only a family can provide.
Haven turns 18 in October 2019 and is hoping to find an adoptive family before then. “You can have someone to help you, to be there for you if you need help. Not just going into it blind and stuff.” he explained.
When asked what kind of family he’s looking for, he simply said, “Anyone that would take me. I don’t really care, as long as it’s a family that would show love for me and be there for me.”
This breaks my heart, no child should ever have to feel like that. I pray Haven gets the loving family that he dreams of.
Please help us share Haven’s story in the hope that he can find his forever home.
Archaeologists Unearth Site Of Jesus’ First Miracle Of Changing Water Into Wine
The very first miracle Jesus Christ performed as recounted in the book of John, was turning water into wine during the Wedding at Cana. Jesus, his mother, Mary and his disciples were invited to a wedding, and when the wine ran out, Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water into wine.
For many years, people believed that the miracle happened in Kafr Kanna, a town in northern Israel near the Sea of Galilee. However, a recent excavation has archaeologists believing that they have found the actual location of the town.
According to the findings, the Cana of biblical times is actually a dusty hillside five miles further north of Kafr Kanna. The excavations uncovered a number of clues that suggest the actual biblical town of Cana is actually Khirbet Qana, a Jewish village which existed between the years of 323 BC and AD 324.
The excavations show a network of tunnels that early Christians would have used for worship gatherings and have been marked with crosses and references to Kyrie Iesou, which is the Greek phrase meaning “Lord Jesus.”
The Star also reports that the excavations show an altar and a shelf that has a stone vessel that was sitting on top of it and with room for five more vessels. Six stone jars like this held the wine in the biblical account of the miracle.
Dr. Tom McCollough, who is directing excavations at the site, said there were 3 other sites with a credible claim to being the Cana of scripture but none of them has the ensemble of evidence that makes such a persuasive case for Khirbet Qana.
“We have uncovered a large Christian veneration cave complex that was used by Christian pilgrims who came to venerate the water-to-wine miracle. This complex was used at the beginning of the late fifth or early 6th Century and continued to be used by pilgrims into the 12th Century Crusader period.
The pilgrim texts we have from this period that describe what pilgrims did and saw when they came to Cana of Galilee match very closely what we have exposed as the veneration complex.” He said.
Further on, Dr. McCollough pointed to the works of Flavius Josephus, the famous Jewish historian. He said, “His references to Cana align geographically with the location of Khirbet Qana and align logically with his movements. The reference to Cana in Josephus, the New Testament and in the rabbinic texts would argue the village was a Jewish village, near the Sea of Galilee and in the region of lower Galilee. Khirbet Qana fulfills all of these criteria.”
Dr. McCollough added that he is skeptical of the traditional place, Kafr Kanna, as being Cana. “When tourists visiting Israel today are taken to Cana, they are taken to Kafr Kanna. However, this site was not recognized as a pilgrimage site for those seeking Cana until the 1700s.
At this point the Franciscans were managing Christian pilgrimage and facilitating easy passage rather than historical accuracy.” he said.
Dr. McCollough believes that this findings at Khirbet Qana help bolster the historical accuracy of the Bible. He said, “Our excavations have shown that this was in fact a thriving Jewish village located in the heart of much of Jesus’ life and ministry.
For the Gospel of John, Cana is in some ways, Jesus’ safe place or operational center. It is a place he and his disciples return to when they encounter resistance in Judea. I would argue our excavations warrant at least a reconsideration of the historical value of John’s references to Cana and Jesus.”
Disabled Girl Bullied For Her Facial Deformities Has Died Aged 10- Let’s Send Our Prayers
The mom of a disabled little girl who was bullied by trolls for much of her young life has confirmed that her daughter has died, aged 10. Announcing her death, a heartbroken Natalie Weaver from North Carolina, informed supporters via Twitter that her daughter Sophia had passed away. Sophia Weaver died of complications related to the brain disorder Rett syndrome.
“Our #SweetSophia left this earth last night as she spent every day of her life, surrounded by love & adoration,” Natalie said.
“In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to sophias-voice.com. Once we pull ourselves from this shattering pain we will continue to help others in her memory.” She added.
Natalie had had to defend her little Sophia back in January from online trolls when Sophia was at the center of a social media storm when a person used her image on Twitter in a poster promoting abortion.
Sophia’s mother is a well-known advocate for children with disabilities. She is the founder of Sophia’s Voice, a non-profit that helps people with chronic illnesses and disabilities get their medical needs met.
Little Sophia suffered from Type 1 diabetes and Rett syndrome which left her with disfigurements to her face, hands and feet.
Due to her condition, Sophia had to undergo more than 20 grueling surgeries in her short life, had a feeding tube and a colostomy bag, and her family always had to take care of her 24 hours a day.
Life was barely easy for little Sophia and her family but they remained strong and dedicated to being there for Sophia any time she needed them.
Her family were dedicated to giving her ‘bucket list’ experiences after she was placed in hospice care but her health started to deteriorate.
Last month on May 20th, Natalie posted a heartbreaking tweet informing their supporters that her little girl had gotten very sick.
“#SweetSophia got really sick really quickly and I’m really scared. I know my girl is a fighter and can pull through this. Please keep her in your thoughts and for those with a t-shirt please wear it to keep her heartbeat close to yours,” She wrote.
Sadly, only three days later Sophia passed away, leaving her family devastated at her demise.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family of Sophia Weaver. May God grant you peace and comfort.
Rest in peace little Sophia.
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