Baby Twins Miracle!
Parents share the remarkable healing power of prayer as their twins were given a 5% chance of living. Also, below is a written testimony from Pat and Amanda Whaley, the parents of the twins. Read and hear their powerful story on the baby girls and Gods healing hands!
God DOES Answer—The Power of Prayer
On January 9th, 2012, Pat and Amanda Whaley were blessed with two healthy twin girls,
Addison and Peyton. The twins came exactly 1 month before their expected due date, and had
to stay an extra week in the special care unit because they were having apneic episodes.
Apneic episodes are when they stop breathing for long periods of time. Once the twins were
discharged, Addison was sent home with an apnea/bradycardia monitor that would track her
breathing and an alarm would sound if her breathing would stop for a set number of seconds.
With the girls being born in the winter, we knew we had to do everything we could to help
prevent the girls from catching any type of cold or flu. They ended up getting a cold, which I
didn't think was too much a cause for concern. Well on February 11th, 2012, six weeks after they
were born, the twins were laying on the bed, and I noticed Peyton’s face was not her normal
color—it was more of a blueish, gray color (almost dead looking). I immediately took the twins to
their pediatrician. Both girls threw up all the way to the doctor’s office. Before the doctor would
let us go, the girls had to be able to keep Pedialyte down for at least an hour or they would be
admitted to the hospital. Sure enough, Peyton was not about to keep it down.
At this point, my brother-in-law picked Addison up and Peyton and I went to the Children’s
Hospital @ Palmetto Health where we were admitted into a regular room. As they were getting
all her vitals, the nurses kept stopping and looking at her. This went on for about 20 minutes,
then all of a sudden they rushed her to the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit). I was sent to
the Family Waiting Room while they ran some tests on her. About 45 minutes later, a nurse
came to tell me my daughter has RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus), which causes infection of
the lungs and breathing passages. In adults, it may only produce common cold-like symptoms,
but to infants it can be deadly.
Once they figured out what Peyton was suffering from, they immediately started to treat her-
oxygen, respiratory therapy, fluids, etc. Once she was settled in for the night, it was time to go
home and check on Addison. When we walked in the door, her apnea monitor alarm went off in
a way I have never heard before. She had quit breathing. I had to give her CPR and we rushed
back up to the hospital. Sure enough Addison was diagnosed with RSV as well and was
immediately admitted to the PICU, 8 rooms down from Peyton.
The next morning my husband calls be from the PICU saying Peyton was being placed on a
ventilator, her lungs were collapsing. When the team of doctors and nurses were doing their
rounds, we asked the doctor to be bluntly honest and hold nothing back when we asked him
how she was really doing. The doctor said, “Not good, your daughter has about a 5% chance of
making it through this.” My heart sank and I fell to the floor and started to pray. When the team
got to Addison’s room, I was so hesitant to even ask the doctor about her prognosis. Addison, at
this point, was actually responding well to the oxygen and was showing signs of improvement.
The next couple of days were extremely hard for me, coming to the realization that our baby
girls were fighting for their lives. I couldn’t hold and nurture them, which started to emotionally
and neurologically affect me in ways I cannot describe.
Just as we thought Addison was getting better, she took a turn for the worst. Her oxygen levels
would decrease even with the oxygen tube, so they decided to put her on a ventilator as well.
Now, both of our little girls were having a machine breathe for them Not only that, but because
they had been in the PICU now for over a week, they both contracted bacterial infections and
ended up having to get blood transfusions and were now suffering from pneumonia, a far more
serious illness than RSV.
A few days later, Pat and I were supposed to be in Charlotte, NC for an International
Convention. At this point, we knew we were not going to be making that convention because our
children needed us and they are our main priority after God and our marriage. Well on Sunday,
the last day of the convention, we received a phone call from our Mentor, Erik Ozimek, who is
also the twins’ Godfather. He was at the Sunday Morning Non-Denominational Church Service
and as we were listening, Dominic Seccharoli, asked the Arena if they would bow their heads in
prayer. He started the prayer, and the next thing I know, he is praying over our twin girls! At that
moment, as soon as he said “In Jesus’ name, Amen” Addison opened her eyes!
After 70 +_days in the PICU, our girls were able to come home! From ventilators, to multiple IVs
in the veins of their heads, to being pricked every hour to get blood gas tests done, to the never-
ending sounds of the monitors, to the breathing treatments, to the secretion suctioning…our
little girls made it through by the Power of Prayer and God’s Healing Hands.
Throughout the trials our family had to go through and the strength we had to have to be able to
overcome those trials, two specific verses in Matthew always came to mind, “Again I say to you
that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by
My Father in heaven. (Matthew 18:19) and “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if
you have faith.” (Matthew 21:22).
Addison and Peyton are now 3 years old, two little girls who were given a 5% chance of
survival. Our little girls today are full of life are being used by God to show us all that HE is in
control and for the LOVE he has for us all! Addison and Peyton have an amazing story they get
to carry with them and share with the world for the rest of their lives! God has HUGE PLANS for
our little girls! I and my family have witnessed the unbelievable power of prayer, and I want to
personally thank you to all the prayer warriors all over the world for your prayers and believing in
And Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God
all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 NKJV)
Please pass this on to those who prayed over Addison and Peyton! I can’t begin to tell
each and every one of you how grateful and blessed we are to be surrounded by your
love and grace!
God Bless you and your families,
Pat and Amanda Whaley