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Timing Was Everything For Ft. Bragg Baby's Premature Birth

Posted December 29, 2005

— The nurses call Grace Nelson the miracle baby. Her mother just calls her amazing.

"That's what I call her -- my amazing Grace," said Grace's mother, Sabrina Nelson.

Amazing grace -- the divine kind -- may have saved Sabrina and her baby. They both nearly died when Sabrina's placenta ruptured. Amazingly, Grace and Sabrina were in the exact right place at the exact right time: at the hospital.

"I had been begging [her husband] Michael for weeks to take the labor and delivery tour with me," said Sabrina. "We're on the tour and towards the end I started feeling dizzy, real hot, sweaty and stuff."

"She walked right over here and said, 'Michael, I'm not feeling good,'" said Michael. "'Go get the nurse.'"

The nurse had to pick Sabrina off the floor and wheel her back to the observation room. Once she was there, the medical personnel couldn't find Grace's heartbeat. Knowing that she was in trouble, they did an emergency caesarean section.

"In four minutes, the baby was kicking and healthy, a 3-pound, 6-ounce baby, and I'm like, 'What?'" said Michael.

"Everybody asks me, 'How are you doing?' and all I can say is, 'God is good,'" said Sabrina. "He didn't have to save me, He didn't have to save my daughter, that nurse didn't have to be right there. I could have went in that elevator, gone home and died. He didn't have to save me, but I'm glad He did."

Baby Grace could be home by Valentine's Day -- the day she was supposed to be born.


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