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Child’s plea awakens “brain dead” mom

 “Mom, if you love us and you hear us, move your eyes,” whispered 8-year-old Megan Smith.

She’d been brought to Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, to say goodbye to her mother, Lori Smith, who the doctors said had suffered irreversible brain damage and would never awaken from a coma.

Lori Smith with Delilah as they leave the hospital

With a heavy heart, dad Michael Smith had brought his four kids to their mother’s side to say goodbye before turning off life support, reports  Michael Inbar for the Today Show.


But little Megan wasn’t ready to give up. She leaned over her mother and with the faith of a child asked her mother to give them a sign.

Incredibly, “Lori moved her eyes, and that was the first sign that I knew Lori was there,” Michael Smith said. “I didn’t know if Lori was being mom for the last time or what, but God really gave us a miracle and brought Lori back to us.”

“Some 56 days after Lori went to the hospital for what appeared to be a no-drama birth of the couple’s fourth child, she is — despite long odds against her — back at the family’s home in Morrow, Ohio,” reports Inbar.

Just a few days ago, Michael and Lori, along with Megan, Katie Beth, Hayden and newborn Delilah, appeared live via satellite on the Today Show to tell Ann Curry their story.


Everything seemed routine. Lori Smith entered the hospital and delivered baby Delilah.

“But things went horribly wrong,” reports Inbar.

“First Lori had a headache, then 15 minutes later she started throwing up, and then was totally unresponsive,” Michael told Today. “They couldn’t wake her up. They called the Emergency Response Team. They couldn’t do anything — they thought she was dying.”

Lori’s heart actually had stopped beating. It stopped twice during an agonizing 49-minute period before doctors and nurses managed to get a regular heartbeat again.

“They learned Lori’s system shut down because blood clots formed in her brain, liver and kidneys, and that she had also suffered a stroke that went to her brainstem,” reports Inbar.


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Ruth Leonard

posted November 16, 2011 at 11:12 am

What a miracle and they still happen.

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posted November 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Incredible..”from the mouths of babes”

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miss q faith

posted November 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm

this is a amazing story…the power of Faith….the courage of a child..Remember to always trust and believe…All things are possible…wish you all well and good health with this journey of Life…may God Bless you….11/16/11 5:51pm

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posted November 17, 2011 at 10:02 am

we should always trust the power of God to be there .

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posted November 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm

He is the yesterday, today and forever more, He is still doing miracle

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posted December 5, 2011 at 4:23 am

I am always in awe when God shows His grace and mercy. He really is our Father. Thanks Daddy

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posted December 5, 2011 at 9:40 am

Who can tell this family now that God isnt real? The Doctor’s are not God and his final diagnosis and report is what counts!

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posted December 5, 2011 at 11:48 am

im a mom og 8 children adults now wish u all the best health and thanks to god be well

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posted December 6, 2011 at 10:21 am

praise the lord……what a miracle

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Walter Brown

posted January 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Isn’t this just like Jesus, What a mighty God we serve.The little girl did what Jesus told us to do, “speak to the sick and they shall recover”.God Bless You.

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Dentist Cincinnati OH

posted March 29, 2012 at 1:19 am

Thank you for sharing your site..very informative..

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