NC family credits power of prayer with saving 1-year-old

Posted March 21

Ella Kate Leirener was born with inoperable tumors on her heart.

— A Mooresville family credits the power of prayer with the intercession that ended up in a heart transplant for their child.

Ella Kate Leirener was born with inoperable tumors in her heart.

One Sunday, the pastor at Abundant Life Church asked parishioners to pray over Ella.

On the way home from the service, her mom got the call that a heart had been found.

"The timing was really interesting, and this is how medicine should be in the 21st century,” heart surgeon Dr. Gonzalo Alberto Wallis told WCNC.

Ella’s family says they are eternally grateful for both the miracle of prayer and modern medicine.


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  • Steven Reynolds Mar 21, 2017
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    I don't necessarily believe in a higher power that saved this child. But it really doesn't matter. The parents believe it and that's what counts. Science got this child through, whom or what ever you give credit to is a personal choice.

  • Lynn Wilhelm Mar 21, 2017
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    I'm so glad their baby gets a heart, but this is really over the top. If prayer had something to do with it, how do you think their god feels about the child who died to provide it (not to mention the family who lost a child--maybe they prayed to help theirs too).
    Coincidences happen all the time.