Many of us have said goodbye to family members and friends that succumbed to AIDS. When I learned of the young toddler, who all findings suggest, has been cured of the disease, I could not help jumping for joy in the name of all those that are currently dealing with HIV/AIDS and their families, as well as, those who lost their fight.
Thirty years ago I worked at one of the first hospitals that received a patient dealing with a then so-called “mystery” disease. I remember the events clearly and the most vivid recollection was that of total confusion on the part of the medical staff, and the pain of the family that was forced to endure months of no real answer.
Thankfully the years have continued to attack the problem with research, information and support systems that are making a difference as we fight for the cure.
When you peel back the story of this young toddler and look at the awesomeness of the events, the presence of the Lord is magnificently clear.
Here we have a mother that never had prenatal care on her way to delivery. The baby enters the world without the benefit of the mother being treated for HIV/AIDS, and is born infected.
Doctors began treating the newborn with high doses of medication to address her HIV status and she is released and not returned by her parents for follow-up. The medical community cannot locate her initially, however when they do the mother admits that she stopped giving the baby medication months earlier.
This innocent baby, left in the hands of a mother who for whatever reason failed her child by way of medical attention, upon a status blood test learns that thorough it all, and despite it all is now HIV free.
Psalm 127:3-5, came to mind as I listened to the news report “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”
I celebrate the tremendous impact that this case will have on the research and discussions around the cure of this dreaded disease, however, I will sum it up in just one word “miracle.”
Tanya M. Wilson is an inspirational speaker and writer living in Charlotte. You may reach her at email@example.com