Chris and Brigette Honey of Madison County, Alabama give thanks for a very special reason. It involves a Thanksgiving miracle that happened in 2012.
For Chris, a photo he took of his wife while pregnant with their twins was a sign. A photo so simple, it could’ve been taken by anyone — but to him it was much more meaningful.
He was seeing something off about the photo he missed when he had taken it weeks earlier. Chris captioned the photo, “My miracle [angel]!! Look around her head in the pic. This is the morning we left for the hospital, the man above was already with us!!!!” The halo of light: For Chris, a sign that someone was watching over and protecting them.
The parents welcomed two beautiful children, Abby and Austin, into their lives. Abby, who Chris called “the turkey,” at 6 pounds 1 ounce, and Austin, who weighed 8 pounds 5 ounces, and was lovingly referred to as “the ham-bone.”
It was during birth that things took a grave turn, Brigette’s body began to attack itself. Her decline was caused by an amniotic fluid embolism; a rare but serious condition when amniotic fluid, fetal cells, or other debris enters the mother’s bloodstream. There is only an estimated 20 percent survival rate.
“I went down to the second floor and there was a nurse that met me,” said Chris. After confirming that he was Mr. Honey, she asked him to step into another room: “as soon as I walked in that room my heart dropped.”
Brigette’s heart rate dropped dangerously low and she suffered from internal bleeding. She was rushed to emergency surgery. The family waited, unsure what would become of the mother of five.
The family started the Brigette Honey Prayer Page on Facebook. Within days, they were receiving thousands of prayers, well wishes, and hope.
After surgery, Brigette remained on a ventilator and had to be weaned off medication until she was stable. Two days later, they were able to remove the ventilator. Brigette was finally able to feed and hold her babies!
The family is thankful that all five of their children will now be able to grow up with their mother in their lives.
“We are just thankful. This is the best Thanksgiving that I’ve ever had, that my whole family has ever had — it’s a miracle,” said Chris. And it was indeed a miracle, captured by a simple photo that assured them God would be with them no matter what happened.
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