It's every parent's worst nightmare.
Matt and Kristin Loboda were on vacation on Arizona with their 4 kids, when they noticed their youngest, 19-month-old Joy, was missing.
“In my heart, I knew something was terribly wrong. So, I ran down to the Koi pond on the property. I ran around it four times looking between the shadows and fish for Joy. Momentarily I was relieved. But, [then] I heard the Holy Spirit tell me to run to the pool,” Matt said.
The worried father took one look in the pool and his heart stopped. There was his baby girl, floating lifeless in the water. Matt dove into the pool and pulled Joy from the water and immediately began performing CPR while another family member called 911.
“As I breathed into Joy, I prayed that my breath would be the breath of God into her,” says Matt. “In between breaths I begged for the Ruha of God to enter her. Her lips were blue, and her beautiful blue eyes were wide open. I could see her pupils shrinking at an alarming rate. Then I started to pray in between breathes in the words of Jesus, ‘Talitha Koum,’ which means ‘Little girl, I say to you, arise.' I knew we needed a miracle because I could actually feel her slipping away.”
When paramedics and police arrived, they weren't optimistic.
“I scooped Joy up and ran her out to the front gate, giving her compressions and a couple of breaths as we ran out to meet Fire Paramedics who were almost on the scene," said Sergeant Bryany, a 19 year veteran on the force. "Fire immediately took over and got to work on Joy's tiny, cold, blue, lifeless body. My heart was broken. I was convinced she had passed.”
Joy was rushed to the emergency room where the prognosis was grim, but she finally had a heartbeat. The toddler was placed in a medically induced coma and a week later, she was breathing on her own.
“She's in my arms, reached for my face, and said, ‘Mamma.' Tears are flowing, and my heart is so full. Your prayers have been our strength and brought healing to our baby," recalls Kristin.
Though baby Joy's road to recovery has not been an easy one, she is a fighter and is miraculously pulling through, with no sign of any brain damage.
Matt and Kristin have no doubt that their faith in God was what brought their girl back.
It's always incredible to see how He works and how He heals his children. Praise be to God! Share this if you believe in miracles <3