Alex Botelho and Lejla Szabo, parents to four-year-old Gemma, faced every parents' worst nightmare this Christmas when their daughter caught the flu and was hospitalized shortly after. The little girl was running a fever when she performed at her school's Christmas play, but other than that her parents thought she seemed perfectly fine.
Just three days later, young Gemma was rushed to the emergency room where she went into cardiac arrest and was put on life support. According to DailyMail.com, Botelho said, "I really thought it was the end."
Botelho and Szabo were desperately seeking any help they could receive for their daughter and asked friends all around the world in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, and Italy to pray at a mass the Sunday before Christmas.
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Shortly after the mass took place, Gemma's heart began beating and her sudden recovery is even a mystery to medical professionals. According to DailyMail.com, Dr. Jeffrey Jacobs, All Children's Hospital staff member, said, "Sometimes we don't understand everything that happens in medicine. A month from now this is going to be a little bump in the road for her life and she's going to be back to doing the things she's always done."
Gemma's doctors say she is expected to fully recover and while her parents are thrilled, they have learned an important lesson. According to CNN, her parents now know how important it is to get your child vaccinated for the flu and they are encouraging other parents to do the same.
It is certainly a Christmas miracle that Gemma has survived this health scare and we are hopeful she will get to spend many more happy and healthy holidays with her family.