Big Sis Blows Raspberries On Brain Dead Baby, Miracle Takes Place Even Doctors Can't Explain
Cailyn Finkel 3/6/2017
There's no denying that sisters share a special bond, one that's hard for other people to understand. From the way they giggle, to inside jokes they share - even the things that get them upset are similar between sisters!
So when Poppy Smith was diagnosed with Moebius syndrome, a neurological condition that causes facial paralysis, her family was devastated. Little did they know Poppy's older sister would be the one to save her life when things took a dark and unexpected turn....
Even though Moebius syndrome usually hinders the facial developmental process for youngsters, Poppy seemed to defy all expectations! Stephen Smith, Poppy's father, told the Daily Mail UK how his youngest daughter refused to let her diagnosis drag her down!
"They said that she might not walk or talk, but she started walking at 15 months, which is quite average for a premature baby. It was amazing to see her doing all those things.
We managed to get her off her feeding tube around her first birthday and throughout 2016, she was just getting better every day."
Things appeared as though they could only go up!
But just two days before her second birthday, Poppy's parents came in after a long night's sleep to find her unconscious in bed.
"We could feel her heartbeat, but she was unresponsive. We knew there was something seriously wrong. She was breathing but she was sort of gasping for air."
They rushed Poppy into the hospital and where she was immediately transferred into the intensive care unit! During their hospital stay, Poppy's condition worsened dramatically.
"Her eyes were starting to roll to the back of her head. 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."
The second day at the hospital, on her second birthday, doctors came in to break the bad news to the Smiths. Little Poppy had severe hypoxic brain damage - it was unclear in she was going to make it through the night, let alone walk or talk again.
Days inside the hospital came and went, and Poppy finally began to show incremental progress. The unconscious two-year-old was twitching and demonstrating tiny signs that her body was responsive. But nothing could've prepared the Smith family for what happened next.
Poppy's older sister Macey leaned over and did something big sisters are known for - blowing loud, tickly raspberries on your belly!
Stephen shared Poppy's response with Daily Mail UK:
"Macey blew a raspberry on her belly and suddenly Poppy started laughing. We couldn't believe it.
Now we firmly believe Poppy will walk and talk again, as she's been a fighter since the moment she was born."
Stephen and his wife rushed to tell the doctors about what happened, but they were more reserved with their excitement.
"We found out afterwards that it wasn't uncommon for people in this state to show emotion, but to us it seemed like she was responding....
Then there were little twitches on her arms and legs. Doctors said it could be spinal reflexes, but I felt like it was so much more."
The Smiths were right! Within weeks, Poppy was out of the hospital and healing at home. She learned to speak, crawl and is getting the hang of walking again when doctors doubted she would even survive!
The next step is to get Poppy into serious physical therapy! It's a costly venture, so they've started a GoFundMe page to help get Poppy the medical treatment she needs to live a happy, normal life!
Poppy's defied expectations so far - so there's no reason she can't keep breaking barriers throughout her healing process.
Sources: Daily Mail UK, GoFundMe, HealthLine, moebiussyndrome.org / FB Image Credit: Facebook/Khochungte Awgin