This entry is made by Emily and John’s friend, Sue. Emily asked me to come here and update.

Matthew Karol was born by emergency c-section at 12:24 am on 27 July 2009. He weighed in at 6lbs 7 ounces and is 19 inches long! Matthew was only 32 weeks along.

After not feeling Matthew move yesterday, Em and John went to the hospital to check on things. He showed clear signs of hydrops and his heart rate was erratic, going much too high and much too low. The doctors intervened by draining some amniotic fluid and administering heart medications through his umbilical cord. His heart rate dropped dangerously low and they decided that he needed to be born immediately.

Matthew Karol was baptized into God’s family shortly after his birth. He is on a ventilator and has been very quiet and still. He is retaining more and more fluids.

Emily is having a slow and painful recovery from her c-section.

As friend to Emily and John and as one of so, so many who love Matthew already, I ask for, beg for your continued prayers.

Emily and John have pictures that they will share when they can.

17 thoughts on “

  1. Dear Emily, we have been storming heaven for Matthew and we’ll continue to do so. I will pray for your continued recovery. God bless you!

  2. I saw the information about your baby on your friend’s blog and left a comment there. I have raised three miracle babies, and my son is raising two. Doctors say “no way,” but parents say “way” — and God helps. Don’t give up. Miracles do help. I have living, documented proof.

    I will add Matthew to the prayer list on my website.

  3. We’ve been in constant prayer for Matthew and the whole family. Our Sunday Mass was offered for them as well.

    Prayers will continue. Send our love.

  4. When you get a chance to read comments, please know that I am so happy that your sweet Matthew got to be baptized! My little ones and I have been praying for just that miracle. Now we can change the focus of our intercessions a bit 🙂 Love and hugs from Elizabeth in NC, keeponspinning

  5. Snow family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Matthew Karol is very blessed to have a family who loves him as much as you do.

    Love, The Gibbons’

  6. Dearest Emily…

    May God be praised that little Matthew is here…our most fervent prayers for all of your dear family. May God heal you both…may you feel the sure comfort of being cradled in His loving hands. I will continue to offer my Adoration time for this precious child of God.

    Matthew is a miracle…as is the love your family bears him.



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  8. I’ve been waiting and watching and praying along with so many others! My prayers continue for your family, Emily and John, and especially for little Matthew!

    Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

    Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.


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