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To My Little Sister: You Are My Sunshine!
By Frank Dado :: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 :: 49054 Views :: Health & Fitness, Living & Lifestyle, Religion & Spirituality

You are My Sunshine, My only Sunshine'….Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling.

They found out that the new baby was going be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael sang to his sister in mommy's tummy.   He was building a bond of love with his little sister before he even met her.

The pregnancy progressed normally for Karen.  In time, the labor pains came. Soon it was every five minutes, every three, every minute. But serious complications arose during delivery and Karen found herself in hours of labor.

Would a C-section be required? Would the mother survive?  Would the baby live?  The entire family and medical staff were on pins and needles.  Finally, after a long and exhausting struggle, Michael's little sister was born. But she was in very serious condition.

The hospital did not have the facility to address the condition.  An ambulance was called to rush Karen to a special hospital.  The siren howling in the night, the ambulance rushed the infant to the neonatal intensive care unit. 

The days inched by. The little girl got worse. The pediatrician had to tell the parents there is very little hope. “Be prepared for the worst,” he said.  The words weighed heavy on the family.  

Karen and her husband contacted a local cemetery about a burial plot.  They had fixed up a special room in their house for their new baby, but now they found themselves having to plan for a funeral. Michael, however, kept begging his parents to let him see his sister.

“I want to sing to her,” he kept saying.

Michael’s baby sister was getting worse.  Week two in intensive care looked as if a funeral would come before the week was over.

Michael kept nagging about singing to his sister, but kids are never allowed in Intensive Care. Karen decided to take Michael whether they liked it or not.

If he didn't see his sister right then, he may never see her alive. She dressed him in an oversized scrub suit and marched him into ICU. He looked like a walking laundry basket.

The head nurse recognized him as a child and bellowed, “Get that kid out of here now. No children are allowed.” The mother rose up strong in Karen, and the usually mild-mannered lady glared steel-eyed right into the head nurse's face, her lips a firm line. 'He is not leaving until he sings to his sister' she barked back.  Her emotions pouring out in the heartache she was feeling.

Karen towed Michael to his sister's bedside. He gazed at the tiny infant losing the battle to live.  Michael, oblivious to all the tubes, dials, and pumps tied to his baby sister began to sing.  His excitement to see his baby sister was unquestionable. 

In the pure-hearted voice of a 3-year-old, Michael sang:

”You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray.”  Instantly the baby girl seemed to respond. Her pulse rate began to calm down and become steady.

”Keep on singing, Michael,” encouraged Karen with tears in her eyes.

”You never know, dear, how much I love you, please don't take my sunshine away.” As Michael sang to his sister, his baby sister’s ragged, strained breathing became as smooth as a kitten's purr. 

Even Michael noticed the change.  He paused as if he did something wrong and innocently turned to his mom as if he made some sort of mistake. 

“Keep on singing, sweetheart,” Michaels mother nudged, reassuring him it was okay.

”The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping, I dreamed I held you in my arms.”  Michael's little sister began to relax as rest, healing rest, seemed to sweep over her.

”Keep on singing, Michael,” Karens cracked voice whispered.  Tears were pouring down her face and quietly the bossy head nurse stood in the doorway wiping tears from her eyes as well.

Michael glowed as he sung to his baby sister.   “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. Please don't take my sunshine away..”

The next day...the very next day the little girl was well enough to go home. 

Woman's Day Magazine called it The Miracle of a Brother's Song.  The medical staff just called it a miracle.  Karen called it a miracle of God's love.

The innocence of one child pierced the heart of the most hardened and skeptical people in that hospital.  Michael’s love for his baby sister affirms to us all that we should never give up on the people we love.

 

Editorial note:  There are touching stories that we love to receive at www.CHALDEAN.org.  These inspirational messages for the soul help many of our readers make it through a difficult day.  We ask all our readers that when you receive a touching e-mail that has moved you, made you laugh, or given you moment to pause, please be sure to include info@chaldean.org in your forward. 

To make the message more meaningful and to protect the innocent we do change the names and vary the venue a bit, but always strive to keep the core of the story true to its purpose. We do hope such stories, some fictional and some quite true, help give you the soulful vitamins we all lack. As always, we do ask you share these medicinal stories with those you love. 


Mar Addai Church, MI USA

Mar Addai Chaldean Catholic Church
24010 Coolidge Hwy.
Oak Park, MI 48237
Tel: (248) 547-4648
Fax: (248) 399-9089

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Founding Pastor:
Rev. Stephen Kallabat

Current Pastor:
Rev. Stephan Kallabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Fadi Habib Khalaf

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Sulemina Denha
 


 

Rev. Stephen Kallabat


Fr. Stephan Kallabat was born in Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing seven years of scholarly work for the priesthood in Mosul, Iraq Fr. Kallabat was accepted at the prestigious university in Rome.  There he spent six additional years of scholarly work in the areas of philosophy and theology and an additional four years in scriptural studies. 

Ordained a priest in 1966 by Pope Paul VI he returned to Iraq to serve the Holy Family parish until his departure to Michigan, U.S. in 1979 to serve the growing population of Chaldeans.  Fr. Kallabat was appointed assistant pastor, then pastor of Mar Addai Parish in Oak Park, Michigan. 

Hitting the ground running, Fr. Kallabat is credited with raising the necessary funds to provide Chaldeans in the local area a church and community center of their own.  Fr. Kallabat continues to serve the parish and Chaldean community as their pastor.   

Rev. Fadi Habib Khalaf

Fr. Fadi Habib Khalaf was born in Baghdad May 10, 1974.  Fr. Khalaf graduated from Baghdad University in 1997 and soon after joined the Chaldean seminary in Baghdad.  While there Fr. Khalaf earned a scholarship to attend the Urbanian Pontifical University in Rome.  There he earned another bachelor’s degree in theology and was ordained deacon in Rome on May 8, 2004. 

Fr. Khalaf then returned to Baghdad where he was officially ordained as a priest.  Afterward Fr. Khalaf returned to Rome to further his studies.  In 2006 Fr. Khalaf was appointed to serve Chaldeans in the United States.  

In the summer of 2006 he arrived to the Chaldean diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle and was cardinated into the Diocese and elected to serve at Mar Addai parish on March 15, 2007 as the Parochial Vicar.

Rev. Suleiman Denha

Rev. Suleiman Denha was born in Telkaif, Iraq.  He began his priestly studies in 1951 in Mosul, Iraq and was ordained in 1959.  Fr. Denha taught in Telkaif until 1961, when he was appointed pastor in Basra, Iraq in 1966. 

After immigrating to the Unite States in 1979, he was appointed to serve the Chaldean community in Virginia.  A year later, Fr. Denha was recruited to assist the much larger population of Chaldeans in Detroit. 

Upon his arrival Fr. Denha assisted Fr. Yasso at Sacred Heart Church.  In 1982 he was asked to temporally assist St. Joseph Church in Troy, returning a year later Sacred Heart. 

In 1991, he was appointed to Mar Addai Church in Oak Park, Michigan as the Parochial Vicar, where he still serves the community today.