Texas mother: Roadside prayer with police officer helped save baby’s life


(KTRK/CNN) — Texas Children’s Hospital has been the home of little Michael Aydan for about a week. He’s been surrounded by his family, and now he’s gained two more “relatives” that wear a badge.

At just two years of age, Michael has been through more than anyone could ever imagine. “He had four open heart surgeries by the time he was six months,” said his mother Jacquelynne Olmedo, “and the fourth one was a heart transplant.”

He accepted his tiny new heart with no complications. But just a week ago on their way to the hospital, Olmedo noticed little Michael started turning purple.

Harris County precinct 5 deputy Manuel Edwards happened to be working traffic control nearby. Olmedo pulled up behind him in a desperate panic.

“First, what I wanted to do was calm her down a bit,” Edwards said.

Then, Olmedo said he did something she never would have expected. “He called for help and then he just grabbed my hand and said that God is with us and this is gonna pass.”

And in that moment of prayer, Olmedo saw a miracle. “The baby started moving around like nothing happened and I really think at that moment it really did something.”

Afterwards, she never thought she’d see Deputy Edwards again. But to her surprise, hours later, he and another officer arrived at Michael’s hospital room with toys and balloons.

The baby’s struggle hit home with Edwards — just a year ago, he lost his three-month old granddaughter.

He said Michael “has his moment where he can smile and do those things, but with me, I can’t see my grand-baby.”

But now, Olmedo says Deputy Edwards has gained a grandson and she hopes he’ll get to see Michael grow up to be healthy and strong.

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