Sthefania was a cheerful, healthy little girl. But at the age of 11, her spirit and strength began to weaken. Doctors examined her and proposed different medical treatments, but nothing seemed to stop her health from deteriorating. It was a scary time for Sthefania.
“I always had to stay in the hospital. When I was afraid, I would sing the songs we learned at church to praise God. That gave me peace,” she said.
Finally, Sthefania and her family got a diagnosis. Sthefania was suffering from a vast, advanced infection that had made a small hole in the side of her heart. Doctors said she might have only a couple of months left to live. She had to undergo surgery as soon as possible for there to be any chance of survival. The operation was scheduled to last six hours, but it ended up taking 14 hours. Yet, the result was a successful one.
“When they were preparing me for surgery, I was confident my health was in God’s hands,” she says. “My parents, the nurses and all the people around were crying, but I knew everything was going to be fine. I asked them to play my favorite song 'The Glory of God' at the time of the anesthesia.”
Sthefania is still recovering from her operation, but her mother says she’s slowly returning to the playful girl she was before she got sick. Thanks to her faith and the support of her local church, Sthefania’s future is bright.
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