While most toddlers are celebrating their second birthdays at the park or an indoor playground, little Poppy Smith spent hers fighting for her life in the hospital. When Amy and Stephen Smith tried to wake their daughter up one evening, she wasn’t responding at all. Although they knew her heart was still beating, they sensed something was horribly wrong. After seeing their daughter gasping for air, Poppy was rushed to the hospital ASAP. She was placed on a ventilator for one day and began showing signs of improvement but then things quickly unraveled.
“Her eyes were starting to roll to the back of her head,” Stephen said to The Daily Mail. “A chest x-ray showed that her lungs were full of fluid and she had another respiratory arrest. That night she started to develop twitches and seizures. She was deteriorating fast.”
As the family waited in agony to hear the test results, doctors told them two days later that their daughter had hypoxic brain damage with very little survival rate. At this point, Poppy wasn’t responding to touch, sound or even a light shined in her eyes. The Smiths were devastated.
On Christmas Eve, Amy, Stephen and Poppy’s sisters Elisha and Macey, and her brother Alfie went to church and prayed for a miracle.
On Christmas Day they stopped at the hospital to visit with Poppy. After big sister Macey leaned in to blow a few kisses on her tummy, Poppy shocked everyone by bursting into giggles.
Doctors said it was against the odds that Poppy was able to respond. “She’s proving them all wrong,” said her father Stephen. In the weeks and months ahead, Poppy slowly began to learn how to walk and talk again.
She’s on her way to a full recovery and her family is incredibly grateful for her miraculous recovery.