Parents Witness a miracle after doctors told them that their little girl would never wake up
Parents do their best to make sure their children are healthy and well cared for, but children end up catching the cold or the occasional virus. Thus, when an Algerian couple, who had moved their family to France, noticed that one of their youngest girls was getting sick, they were not too worried.
The Common Cold
The couple assumed that their 1-year-old daughter, Marwa, had just fallen with a cold. They made sure she had plenty of rest and fluids, and assumed she would get better in a few days. However, as the days went by, they began to worry that it was not just a cold …
Instead of improving, Marwa’s condition worsened. When it became clear that Marwa’s condition was not improving, her father, Mohamed Bouchenafa, and her mother decided to take her to the hospital one day in September 2016.
Fighting For Her Life
Mohamed and his wife hoped that the hospital doctors could understand what was wrong with their little girl. After being admitted to the hospital, the doctors discovered that the one-year-old was fighting something much worse than the cold …
After performing a variety of tests, the doctors finally realized that Marwa was battling an enterovirus, which is a virus that enters the body through the mouth and is absorbed by the intestine. Enterovirus infections often cause only mild fever and disappear spontaneously without lasting damage.
On the other hand, some enterovirus infections can cause serious diseases such as polio or meningitis. In Marwa’s case, her small body struggled to fight a virus that caused severe neurological damage. At this point, the doctors told Marwa’s terrified parents that there was only one treatment option left …
The Only Treatment
Shortly after being admitted, the doctors put Marwa in a medically induced coma to protect her brain while they were trying to treat the disease. Medical induced comas help reduce brain swelling, which can mean the difference between life and death.
A Medically Induced Coma
In a coma, doctors had to give Marwa various medications to control everything from breathing to blood pressure. Despite all the risks associated with the comas induced, the doctors felt that this was the only way to save Marwa …
No Signs Of Improvement
However, as time went on, Marwa showed no sign of improvement and the doctors began to worry that induced coma was going to do more harm than good. Normally, the induced comas last only 1 or 2 weeks. Longer, and the neurological functions can be affected.
Not Giving Up Hope
Despite the fears of the doctors who treated Marwa, her parents never lost hope that their daughter was fighting the virus and getting better. Although she had not woken up, her parents clung to other signs that Marwa was still alive and improving …
Signs Of Life
When Mohamed and his wife talked to their one-year-old baby, she sometimes reacted to their voices and even smiled. The doctors, however, told the couple that she probably was not reacting to their voice, but the movements were really uncontrolled reflexes.
End Of The Road
Since Marwa still had not woken up from coma, the doctors started telling her about the removal of her survival machines that kept her alive all the time. At that time, Marwa was alive and in a coma for so long that she was sure she would never wake up …
Lifelong Side Effects
The team also told Marwa’s parents that she had been in a coma for too long, and if she woke up, she would not be the same little girl the family had known. And if Marwa woke up, she would never walk, eat, breathe again.
Despite the doctors’ opinions, Marwa’s parents, sisters and brothers refused to give up hope that Marwa would wake up and recover. Yet when the hospital decided to ignore their wishes and instead decided to disconnect Marwa from life support machines, the family did something radical …
Not Without My Marwa
Mohamed and his wife launched a Facebook petition titled “Not without my Marwa” to help raise enough money so they can challenge the hospital’s decision in court and stop them from killing their daughter by removing her life.
In the petition, Marwa’s parents claimed that their daughter had actually shown improvements during her stay at La Timone Hospital in Marseille, but argued that the hospital, which has some of the best doctors in the area, was overwhelmed by the number of serious patients. at their expense.
“As a result, it is clear that the hospital in La Timone is facing serious budget problems, which requires it to work urgently and as quickly as possible to free up spaces,” said the petition. “Only Marwa gives us hope every day by getting better and better, she just needs time.”
The Court Decides
The petition received hundreds of thousands of signatures and in response, the court ruled in favor of the Bouchenafa family. Not only did it prevent the hospital from removing Marwa from life support as planned, but the court ruled that the hospital should give Marwa more months of care …
10 Days Later
Despite the court’s decision, the doctors were determined to fight the order so that they could turn off Marwa’s respirator sooner since Marwa’s brain had not responded to the induced coma as it should have. Yet, 10 days after the court’s decision, Marwa proved to everyone that she was still alive.
Despite everything, the 1-year-old was able to wake up from coma. “When I talk to her, she hears my voice, she reacts, sometimes she smiles,” said Mohamed. And while Marwa still needs treatment, her parents explained that all her organs were working properly. “His treatment continues, but we see progress every day, and that gives us a lot of hope,” they said.