Father Z has the account of the miracle that
will be was attributed [thank you, Fr.] to the intercession of Gianna Beretta Molla, and will raise raised her to the altars of God as a saint. Not surprisingly, it has to do with pregnancy, since her own heroic virtue was tied to her motherhood.
In mid November 1999 a Brazilian woman named Elisabete Comparini Arcolino discovered she was pregnant for the fourth time. An echogram on 30 Nov. showed that the developing child was within a small sac only .8 cm in length and 2.3 cm in diameter. The doctor said that it was doubtful that with such a beginning for the gestation that child would come to term. On 9 December a echo showed the embryo a 1.0 cm in length but also a huge increase in coagulation of blood (blood loss), measuring 5.2×3.5 cm. On 19 Dec they found the beating heart of the child, but also a deterioration of the placenta in the lower region of the uterus. A pessimistic prognosis was given. The doctor following the case, Dr. Nadia Bicego Vieitez de Almeida, who had handled Elisabete’s previous pregnancies, said that with the great loss of blood Elisebete would probably spontaneously abort or they would have to do the procedure sooner or later.
Contrary to expectations, the child’s heart kept beating and the pregnancy continued.
On 11 February 2000 Elisabete realized there was a serious problem and went to the hospital. The echo showed that the gestational sack’s membrane had broken at 16 weeks of gestation and, while the fetus was alive, there was now a total absence of amniotic fluid. The radiologist testified that there was no amniotic liquid to protect the child from exposure to the outside world and from the external pressure of the uterus itself. This meant that both the child and mother were in serious danger of infection, etc.
Take the time to read the account, when possible. There was no "aha moment," nor a magic wand transformation, but a long slog through pregnancy with few realistic hopes and many opportunities to "throw in the towel." So many of our own answered prayers are such gradual gifts, that when all is said and done, you realise that the miracle was equally the ability to persevere against dark odds -- transforming the one who is asking. I think I am more taken by the fact that Gianna's intercession still mandated tremendous trust for so long on the part of the mother than the outcome for the child.
A beautiful account for our dear one's cause. May she intercede for all mothers, children, and families.