CENTER, TX (KTRE) - She's being called a miracle from God and with every breath and every move, an 8-year-old Center girl continues to prove that God works in mysterious ways.
Brooklyn Oliver suffered from an anoxic brain injury, which can cause brain damage due to a lack of oxygen, during an Asthma attack on September 3, 2011. During the attack, she vomited and then aspirated…dying once at home, a second time at Center Hospital and a third time at LSU'S Children's Hospital in Shreveport where she went approximately 15 minutes without oxygen, her father says.
"We actually had two doctors who leveled with us and said there's nothing more we can do. She's not breathing on her own," Brooklyn's dad, Landon, said.
Brooklyn was put on life support and her parents weren't given much hope for her future.
"I think more of having to make a life or death decision for Brooklyn was the hardest part, but I think that's where God came through with us in faith," Brooklyn's mom, Rita, said.
"We did ask the doctor. We said look is there any hope? Is there anything? And they said well, the only thing we can tell you is every few minutes she does try to breathe once on her own. One breath. One small, insignificant breath and I said I'll tell you what…we'll take it," Landon Oliver said.
For 28 days, the family stayed at LSU…hoping and praying for their daughter's life and that's when doctors began to push for the parents to sign the paperwork for a tracheal pipe so they could begin preparing Brooklyn for what the parents say "vegetation state."
"It got to the point where they actually called us in there and they said 'Look, you got to do it,' and I said 'if that's best,' verbally. We said this out loud. 'If that's best, that's what we'll do,' and as soon as I said that…she woke up, she went to gagging, she gagged out the vent. They rushed us out, got her all stable and the nurse came around the corner and did a thumbs up," Landon Oliver said.
He said doctors were absolutely baffled.
"They said we can't explain it—she's totally, perfectly breathing on her own," Landon Oliver said.
Brooklyn did go back into a coma, but she was breathing on her own and her parents say they knew it was a miracle from God. The family was then transitioned to Baylor's Our Children's House in Dallas to start preparing to learn how to raise a child in a coma.
"She had a full, complete stroke out. They looked at the MRI's and the CAT Scans…I mean even the doctors…real nice lady she told us, 'I'm just going to give you my medical opinion, I don't see much happening,'" Landon Oliver said.
But two days later, and after many days of being told there was no hope, Brooklyn came out of her coma.
"Her eyes were wide open [and] she was laughing," Landon Oliver said.
"The biggest smile you've ever seen," Rita Oliver said.
"For a girl to come out of a coma—a total coma, total brain damage—her first response wasn't in sadness, wasn't what's going on…it was joy," Landon Oliver said.
The family says people from all over the country and the world supported Brooklyn and they were getting fan mail and pictures and even prayers from everyone they could imagine.
"Everyone just says stuff about Brooklyn and it's her smile and her laughter. She's such a clown and she loves to joke around. She's just so happy," Rita Oliver said.
When Brooklyn left Dallas she was still dependent on a feeding tube and her sight wasn't that great, but now her parents says she is doing wonderful.
"She is no longer on the feeding tube at all. We don't even have to give it to her. She eats like a normal person does," Rita Oliver said.
"They can't explain it. We went to go see one of the leading Pediatrics Neurologists in the State of Texas. He walked in, sat down, closed the folder and says you're going to have to tell me what you want because according to the folder it's not what's she's acting. This shouldn't be happening," Landon Oliver said.
The family still goes up to Baylor every two months and does a week-long rehabilitation stint during the summer. But for right now, she gets rehab help from home health care, and her parents say they are just amazed with how much she has improved.
Ambucs Lufkin will be donating a bike in February for Brooklyn and she says she hopes it's pink or purple because those are her favorite colors.
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