Was This Baby 'Touched By The Hand of Grace'?

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | June 6, 2014 | 1:28 PM EDT

Karen and Brian Wollman of South Dakota believe their child is “a real miracle” who was “touched by the hand of grace.”

The couple was told that their third child would be stillborn. Even when the baby was born alive, expectations were not high.

Their baby boy Renner, has Down’s Syndrome and also had hydrops, which caused his body to swell with fluid.  Shortly after his birth the Wollmans were informed that they needed to prepare for the worst.

The Wollmans were told to prepare for their son's death and the medical team asked for their last wishes.

Karen Wollman tells KELO-TV, "Because I wanted something--if he wasn't going to survive, something that I had done with him; and even though I did not get to hold him very often that meant the world to me," Karen said.

Karen asked the hospital if she could bring her rocking chair up to Renner's room and rock him.

Every day that she rocked Renner, the child got stronger. Instead of dying, more than six months after he was born, Renner came home to live.

"The doctors don't know. They said he's not a medical miracle; he's a real miracle.  And they don't know why," Karen says. "I know he was touched by the hand of grace."

Renner is now about to turn two years old.


Eric Scheiner
Eric Scheiner
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