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The miracle of love, true story!

Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling.

The new baby was going be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael sang to his sister in Mommy’s tummy. He was building a bond of love with his little sister before he even met her.

The pregnancy progressed normally for Karen, an active member of the the Creek United Methodist Church in Morristown, Tennessee, USA.

In time, the labor pains came. Soon it was every five minutes, every three, every minute. But serious complications arose during delivery and Karen found herself in hours of labor.

Finally, after a long struggle, Michael’s little sister was born. But she was in very serious condition. With a siren howling in the night, the ambulance rushed the infant to the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, Knoxville, Tennessee.

The days inched by. The little girl got worse. The pediatrician had to tell the parents there was very little hope. Be prepared for the worst. Karen and her husband contacted a local cemetery about a burial plot. They had fixed up a special room in their house for their new baby they found themselves having to plan for a funeral.

Michael, however, kept begging his parents to let him see his sister. “I want to sing to her,” he kept saying.

Week two in intensive care looked as if a funeral would come before the week was over. Michael kept nagging about singing to his sister, but kids are never allowed in Intensive Care.

Karen decided to take Michael whether they liked it or not. If he didn’t see his sister right then, he may never see her alive. She dressed him in an oversized scrub suit and marched him into ICU. He looked like a walking laundry basket.

The head nurse recognized him as a child and bellowed, “Get that kid out of here now. No children are allowed.”

The mother rose up strong in Karen and the usually mild-mannered lady glared steel-eyed right into the head nurse’s eyes, her lips a firm line, “He is not leaving until he sings to his sister.”

Then Karen towed Michael to his sister’s bedside. He gazed at the tiny infant losing the battle to live. After a moment, he began tossing. In the pure-hearted voice of a 3-year-old, Michael sang:

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray.”

Instantly the baby girl seemed to respond. The pulse rate began to calm down and became steady.

“Keep on singing, Michael,” encouraged Karen with tears in her eyes.

“You never know, dear, how much I love you, please don’t take my sunshine away.”

As Michael sang to his sister, the baby’s ragged, strained breathing became as smooth as a kitten’s purr. “Keep on singing, sweetheart.”

“The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping, I dreamed I held you in my arms”.

Michael’s little sister began to relax as rest, healing rest, seemed to sweep over her. “Keep singing, Michael.” Tears had now conquered the face of the bossy head nurse. Karen glowed.

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. Please don’t take my sunshine away…”

The next day,…the very next day…the little girl was well enough to go home.

Author Unknown
Story submitted by Cindy.

Never give up on the people you love. Love is so incredibly powerful.

– The Woman’s Day Magazine called it, “the miracle of a brother’s song”.
– The medical staff called it a miracle.
– Karen called it a miracle of God’s love.

This is a true story happened in 1992 in Tennessee, USA. The baby girl’s name is Marlee (picture on the right). As of 2012, Marlee is 20 years old and she thinks she is normal like any other girl.

{ 67 comments… add one }
  • David Nga March 23, 2022, 5:55 pm

    Thanks to God for our Redeemer.

    And thanks to all for having shared this.

  • Headlaw Ifeanyi June 16, 2020, 12:05 am

    God appeared physically in form of Michael to show love to a dying sister… So has Jesus appeared to show love to a dying world. God is Love. This is so touching!

  • Aishwarya October 3, 2019, 8:50 pm

    God bless you with everything dear, really it’s a miracle in you’r life . you’r brother love is more than your mom!. The story of your life gives a good feel to me. Thank god everyday in your life. becoz your brother give a life back… The god is with you..

  • Poornima June 18, 2017, 1:13 pm

    You’re so blessed

  • Shabnum December 29, 2016, 5:25 am

    This reminded me of when my little sis was born. My sis was not healthy and my mum had serious bleeding . My sis was taken into ICU as well . What an amazing sibling . May Allah bless you all Amen!

  • Ruhi Singh March 14, 2016, 9:44 am

    I really loved this story.

  • Crazy27 February 19, 2016, 4:02 am

    There goes Marlee…but where is her brother now? Just curious.
    Thanks 🙂

  • Victor Udonsi January 3, 2016, 5:57 pm

    Very touching and inspiring
    Excellent performance!!!
    Keep up the good work ???

  • PARAS October 12, 2015, 10:27 am

    Miracles do happen!! Truly amazing, the power of the faith is boundless. Where there is faith there is god.

  • Rajiv jain April 3, 2015, 10:28 pm


  • Nickname November 17, 2014, 3:09 pm

    I loved this story it is very touching story I could read it again and again

  • Dr Aravind October 3, 2014, 1:04 am

    Tears rolling down the doctor’s cheek…

  • Kumar sami September 12, 2014, 12:37 am

    Great brother for a little sister…..

  • Rose Ann July 23, 2014, 12:58 am

    God is really good! 🙂

  • jack May 6, 2014, 3:14 am

    Really a touching story………tears rolling

  • Raj April 30, 2014, 2:50 am

    Childrens are innocent. Maked me tears! God bless them!

  • Sathish April 4, 2014, 7:06 am

    Thank you God.

  • Anju March 24, 2014, 12:22 pm

    Really a heart touching story. It just reminded me when my little sis was born. Both mom and sis had some health complications. I just could not stop crying. Old memories just crossed my mind. And still feeling that moment. What a beautiful bond between brother and sister. God bless.

  • Cheruto March 19, 2014, 12:48 am

    God loves and when we asked for His mercies He is ready to grand us always. This is inspiration story.

  • Imt February 18, 2014, 6:19 am

    I think thats not only the power of love or hope, the little boy does not know anything about that, that is the power of innocent, brings with it cleanliness, truth and pure… the boy is so innocent and unsinful and is so pure in heart… only the truth will set us free, if u are clean and stay truth, anything is possible…

  • Vijay, IICT, Hyderabad February 3, 2014, 7:59 am

    Really GOD loves and blesses those who love…

  • Prima January 19, 2014, 7:05 pm

    This story brought tears to my eyes, it’s so lovely! I nearly started crying when he sang, it was so sweet!

  • Arifa January 2, 2014, 7:46 pm

    I cannot control my tears. Love makes everything easier. It really does miracles.

  • Sumangla November 8, 2013, 2:48 am

    I really Like this story…. 🙂 Thanks for sharing it.. 😀

  • Anonymous October 24, 2013, 6:23 am

    A really nice story. I am also in a situation of this but not my sister my friend. I hope miracle will happen with my friend too. Please pray for my friend.

  • Love October 10, 2013, 5:15 am

    Tears filled mine eyes when I read this story. Really love is everything we need to survive.

  • Emley October 9, 2013, 1:35 am

    A very touching story…. I didn’t notice my tears rolling down my check. That’s how God shows His Love to each and every one of us. Keep on Holding on and God will always be there.

  • Nam September 19, 2013, 4:11 pm

    Really it’s a nice story… It touches the soft core of the heart ..mind blowing.

  • Ronel September 18, 2013, 7:18 pm


  • Suresh August 30, 2013, 5:24 am

    I feel the love tears in my eyes . . Love you both my dear brother and sister . . God bless you. .

  • Tony August 22, 2013, 12:54 am

    Children are always the most precious gift of god.. tears starts to drop the moment Michael sang the song.. god bless.

  • Maria August 20, 2013, 6:51 pm

    You are really very lucky to have a bro like him. The bond of a brother and sister is really something above our imagination. May God bless you both.

  • SARAH August 12, 2013, 10:56 pm

    God walked in the form of Micheal and revived Marlee. May all glory go to our glorious heavenly father.

  • Sudarshana July 26, 2013, 3:51 am

    Oh God! It really brought tears in my eyes. Love is so intense. It is the most powerful emotion.

  • Phoebe Aguaviva July 21, 2013, 11:48 pm

    Oh my.. GOD is really great.. my tears almost fell when I read the story… GOD is great… Praise HIM… So touching story…

  • Lakshmisivasankar July 13, 2013, 6:21 am

    Heart touching story……Love is ever lasting.

  • Iyah June 21, 2013, 5:42 am

    Very nice story.. don’t lose hope. God will help us.

  • Keertiga June 18, 2013, 8:24 am

    Praise be to him……..

  • Vivian June 11, 2013, 11:44 am

    Wow!!! The ever wonder working God did it again!!! Praise be to Him….

  • Raji June 3, 2013, 1:11 am

    Really heart touching story 🙂

  • Shivani Kashyap May 31, 2013, 5:14 am

    I cried… very touching story… The little boy’s innocence saved her.. “God is within every child” , truly said…

  • Pragyan May 30, 2013, 5:42 am

    Nice one.

  • Arpan rai rai May 16, 2013, 9:43 am

    God bless u both kids..

  • CAROL BELLS May 15, 2013, 4:23 am

    Wow! How I love this.

  • Akila May 14, 2013, 12:58 pm

    It’s a blessing to have a brother like hers. 🙂

  • Elodie May 10, 2013, 1:02 am

    Wooow love moves mountains…what a wonderful story!!! God is sooooo good!!!

  • Monireh April 22, 2013, 2:50 am

    Just pure love and a innocent heart can do such a wonderful thing as Michael was.

  • Ankita Sharma April 7, 2013, 2:55 am

    May god bless her, I wish that every sister has a brother like her’s.

  • Lindy April 6, 2013, 2:36 pm

    I think I will agree with Nick Vujicic who once said: “if you can’t get a miracle become one”. This is unbelievable, Marlee may you live extra years and love your brother with the same love he presented to you. God is great I can see and see a lot of us a faking everything pretending to be seen good outside and dirty in our hearts. I think true love always does miracles.

  • Saran March 25, 2013, 5:05 am

    It is indeed a miracle. I just can’t believe it. Wow….. what a love the brother had towards his sister. She is really lucky to have such a affectionate brother and just realize the moment….it’s amazing. God helps everyone who is true in his action.

  • Diyana February 28, 2013, 5:37 pm

    I broke into tears after reading it!! Astounding story..! Kudos to the author!!!

  • Ian A December 23, 2012, 9:49 am

    What a nice story, God is so Good…

  • Archa S. December 2, 2012, 12:59 pm

    This is a powerful and touching story. LOVE can cure all illness. Thank you.

  • Ama November 29, 2012, 12:20 am

    This is BONDING!

  • Deepu November 21, 2012, 3:49 am

    Yes.. Love is incredibly powerful. It makes the way when there is no hope.

  • Ifeoma Nwalie November 15, 2012, 7:51 am

    Incredible story. It’s a miracle. Love is a miracle, when u find it u find it all.

  • Nelson M. Malicdem Jr. November 12, 2012, 8:49 pm

    I’m a member of UMC in Angono Philippines. Thanks for this inspiring story.. I’m so blessed after reading this article. The love of God is truly amazing, everything that happens is a part of God’s purpose. Everything happens for a reason. And all we have to do is to remain still in God have more faith, believing that no matter how tough the situation we are facing in our life. God will save us. God has a wonderful plan. Michael became an instrument of God for his Miracle. God bless you everyone.

  • Oluwaseyifunmi November 12, 2012, 1:54 am

    Love always make a way where there seems to be no way! Love is the author of hope, and God is love.

  • ZOE November 11, 2012, 6:51 pm

    Oh how sweet of that little boy… a heart that is innocent of anything but love. A love so pure and true… for a little child like him. He had such faith for his little sister and because of that it helped his sister to respond to the healing that God was doing in her…

    Suffer ye the little children to come unto me…

  • Ashwini v p November 11, 2012, 3:48 am

    This story strengthens my faith in unbelievable mystries in this universe.

  • Madhav November 11, 2012, 3:07 am

    Really heart touching—-

  • Noeme D. Catayas November 11, 2012, 1:13 am

    Really touching and inspiring… worth sharing… Love really finds a way to give life to the beloved. Thanks.

  • Mielle November 9, 2012, 11:47 pm

    I already heard this story from Father Soc Villegas, an archbishop of Pangasinan, Philippines who happens to be the celebrant for December 24, 2010 misa de gallo. The story is very touching. Almost everyone present in the church shed tears. How powerful love is! Thank you God for your gift of LOVE.

  • ASHISH November 9, 2012, 11:21 am

    It is a very sweet story……….congratulate to Marlee as she has a brother like Michael…..I wish to God that every girl has a brother like Michael………..

  • Chanu November 9, 2012, 11:14 am

    So lovely story

  • Mosopefoluwa November 9, 2012, 10:02 am

    What a lovely story. From the mouth of babes, you have ordained praise!

  • Nadin November 9, 2012, 7:37 am

    Thanks God, really believe in God in itself is a miracle..

    May God bless u dear …

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