It was 15 weeks into Eurika’s pregnancy when her amniotic fluid burst. Eurika’s doctor could not find her baby’s heartbeat, she was told that if she didn’t have an abortion, she would end up with a life-threatening infection that would take her life too. Eurika refused the abortion. She told the doctor, “If my baby isn’t going to make it, I will die with my baby.” Visitation House staff member, Janice found Eurika a pro-life doctor who set up an appointment with her the very next day.
It was time to find a heartbeat. Eurika’s new doctor tried seven times with no results. Eurika knew her baby was alive and insisted the doctor check one more time. On the eighth try they found it! They heard a strong healthy heartbeat and then saw the baby kicking.
On several occasions throughout her pregnancy, Eurika had to be admitted into the hospital due to complications. Concerned doctors told Eurika that it may come down to another choice; they may only be able to save one life when the time comes to deliver. Eurika told the doctors, “Save my baby”. Eurika went back home to Visitation House and made arrangements for a new guardian for her unborn child.
The countdown began. Residents and staff would come to check on Eurika as she remained on bedrest in the weeks that followed. When it came time to give birth, doctors discovered that the baby had her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck three times. The doctors brought Eurika’s baby girl into the world safely at full term. Only a half hour after her birth, Eurika’s baby girl was giving everyone her first smile. Eurika named her baby Eliana Roni Nyhira meaning “God has answered, Mighty Counselor, Blessing.”
Elliana is now five months old and perfectly healthy. Elliana always has her eye on her mother and is constantly mimicking her mother’s speech patterns. Often we hear Elliana say ‘ma’ and ‘love’. Everyone at Visitation House anticipates great things for this baby girl as she is learning quickly in the arms of her loving mother.