Francesca and Lee Moore-Williams were sitting with Bella, their dying 18-month-old daughter, when it was time to say goodbye and turn off her life-support system.
But as doctors removed the toddler’s ventilator, Bella’s parents witnessed a miracle. The little girl who was expected to die instead began kicking and screaming.
As the Mirror reports, Francesca and Lee first noticed that Bella was seriously unwell during a family vacation.
When they returned to their home in the UK, they took their daughter to the hospital and learned that there were abnormalities in Bella’s brain and that her condition was critical.
Within weeks, the toddler’s health had deteriorated so far that the decision was made to take her off life support. Her parents signed a Do Not Resuscitate order and gathered at the hospital to hold their daughter’s hand through her last moments.
They even took one last family photo to remember her.
“The whole family came in one by one to say their goodbyes,” recalled Francesca. “I just kept sitting there thinking ‘why us?’ It was heart wrenching.”
But contrary to expectations, within thirty minutes of having her ventilator removed, Bella’s oxygen levels completely recovered. Instead of allowing the baby to die, the fight was now on to help her live. Lee remembers the moment clearly.
“I was holding her hand knowing there was going to be a little last breath. I could feel her hand dropping and it went down but then she started gripping my finger,” he said. “She started moving on her own and then her machine started going off. The doctors then changed everything to try and keep her alive.”
Doctors later diagnosed Bella with a Biotinidase deficiency, a condition wherein her body doesn’t produce enough of the vitamin biotin which essential for healthy cell growth. Though fatal if left untreated, it can be managed with medication.
Five months later, Bella continues to improve. Her hair — which had fallen out during her illness — has returned and she is beginning to walk and talk.
She is several months behind developmentally, but she is expected to catch up.
Now, Bella’s family is looking forward to a joyful Christmas with their little miracle.
“She made our family complete and it now i’s great to see how well she is doing. When she says ‘mama’ it melts my heart,” said Francesca.
They feel as though they’ve won the lottery.