Couple's First Born Son Saved by Power of Prayer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/2/04

Couple's First Born Son Saved by Power of Prayer

Having a child can be a blessing to any couple. But for one Lubbock family, it was an experience that almost turned tragic.

Shea and Jennifer Murdock were blessed with their first born child December of 2000. It was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives, but soon after their son Chandler was born the problems began. So to find comfort and strength during this difficult time, they turned to the Power of Prayer.

"Chandler was a month early. Came totally out of the blue in three and a half hours," says Jennifer.

Jennifer and Shea Murdock were shocked and ecstatic when little Chandler was born four years ago. But just minutes after he was born, their worst nightmare came true.

"She came in and said it's worse than I could've expected Chandler was diagnosed with premature lung disease," says Jennifer.

A chronic and potentially deadly lung condition that makes it almost impossible for babies to breathe. Doctors told the Murdock's that Chandler's prognosis was not good.

"His breathing is not normal. It's kind of shallow, and it's too fast," says Shea.

The new parents feared the worst.

"My first reaction was, is he gonna live?" says Shea.

Uncertain of Chandler's outlook, they turned to the Power of Prayer.

"I prayed he would live and I was in the hospital recovering myself, and they were gonna take him away, so my main prayer was that he didn't have to be transported so we could all be together and not be separated," says Jennifer.

"As a first time parent, it's always the last thing you want to hear, that there's something wrong with your son. But just minutes after praying for their son's life, the Murdock's experienced nothing short of a miracle.

"I don't think I had ever seen prayer answered as quickly and as decisively as then. God just said okay, we'll take care of this," says Jennifer.

Surprisingly, little Chandler has no ill effects from his premature lung disease. He can function normally and says he hopes to have a little sister to play with in the near future. Mom and Dad say he'll have to wait a little while longer for that.

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