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.
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.
Thanks to God for our Redeemer.
And thanks to all for having shared this.
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!
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..
You’re so blessed
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!
I really loved this story.
There goes Marlee…but where is her brother now? Just curious.
Very touching and inspiring
Keep up the good work ???
Miracles do happen!! Truly amazing, the power of the faith is boundless. Where there is faith there is god.
I loved this story it is very touching story I could read it again and again
Tears rolling down the doctor’s cheek…
Great brother for a little sister…..
God is really good! 🙂
Really a touching story………tears rolling
Childrens are innocent. Maked me tears! God bless them!
Thank you God.
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.
God loves and when we asked for His mercies He is ready to grand us always. This is inspiration story.
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…
Really GOD loves and blesses those who love…
This story brought tears to my eyes, it’s so lovely! I nearly started crying when he sang, it was so sweet!
I cannot control my tears. Love makes everything easier. It really does miracles.
I really Like this story…. 🙂 Thanks for sharing it.. 😀
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.
Tears filled mine eyes when I read this story. Really love is everything we need to survive.
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.
Really it’s a nice story… It touches the soft core of the heart ..mind blowing.
I feel the love tears in my eyes . . Love you both my dear brother and sister . . God bless you. .
Children are always the most precious gift of god.. tears starts to drop the moment Michael sang the song.. god bless.
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.
God walked in the form of Micheal and revived Marlee. May all glory go to our glorious heavenly father.
Oh God! It really brought tears in my eyes. Love is so intense. It is the most powerful emotion.
Oh my.. GOD is really great.. my tears almost fell when I read the story… GOD is great… Praise HIM… So touching story…
Heart touching story……Love is ever lasting.
Very nice story.. don’t lose hope. God will help us.
Praise be to him……..
Wow!!! The ever wonder working God did it again!!! Praise be to Him….
Really heart touching story 🙂
I cried… very touching story… The little boy’s innocence saved her.. “God is within every child” , truly said…
God bless u both kids..
Wow! How I love this.
It’s a blessing to have a brother like hers. 🙂
Wooow love moves mountains…what a wonderful story!!! God is sooooo good!!!
Just pure love and a innocent heart can do such a wonderful thing as Michael was.
May god bless her, I wish that every sister has a brother like her’s.
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.
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.
I broke into tears after reading it!! Astounding story..! Kudos to the author!!!
What a nice story, God is so Good…
This is a powerful and touching story. LOVE can cure all illness. Thank you.
This is BONDING!
Yes.. Love is incredibly powerful. It makes the way when there is no hope.
Incredible story. It’s a miracle. Love is a miracle, when u find it u find it all.
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.
Love always make a way where there seems to be no way! Love is the author of hope, and God is love.
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…
This story strengthens my faith in unbelievable mystries in this universe.
Really heart touching—-
Really touching and inspiring… worth sharing… Love really finds a way to give life to the beloved. Thanks.
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.
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………..
So lovely story
What a lovely story. From the mouth of babes, you have ordained praise!
Thanks God, really believe in God in itself is a miracle..
May God bless u dear …