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A Miracle Named Miracle Faith (As Told by her Twin Brother, Malik)

  - By Karen Lynn Vidra This is the story of a special girl, as seen through the eyes of her twin brother, Malik.

My name is Malik. Malik Curtis Pearson is my full name, and I am 11 years old.

I am a twin, and my twin sister's name is Miracle Faith. She *IS* a miracle, too: she wasn't supposed to survive, but somehow, she did, and she is still here, 11 years later.

When she was born, she weighed an incredible 12 ounces, less than a pound. (I was the "bruiser" of the duo: I weighed 2 pounds, 3 ounces.)

While I have my health problems (I have cerebral palsy, and I walk with forearm crutches and leg braces, or I use a wheelchair for longer trips), I am a lot better off than my sister, I am sorry to say. Miracle is profoundly retarded, with an I.Q. of below 30, and she is unable to walk, talk, sit up on her own, eat, or even go to the bathroom. She wears diapers, and she is more like a big baby than an 11-year-old girl; and it sometimes makes me sad because she will never know what it will be like to learn how to read or write, how to tell others about things, or taste food in her mouth. (She is fed by a tube in her belly. She can't chew or swallow, and she is prone to choking; this is why she has the stomach tube. She had the tube put into her belly when she was four, and she has been much healthier ever since. Before she had this done, she was always going to the hospital, gasping for breath, and she would get these frightening respiratory infections.)

Miracle is, as you can very well imagine, small for her age. She is only the size of a three-year-old, and she only weighs 25 pounds. She is really little.

We were adopted by the Pearsons when we were six; and we have enjoyed being with them. They had three kids of their own (Brandt, Sapphire, and Ash; they are all older), but then they adopted me and Miracle as well as four others, making for a total of 9 kids. Like me and Miracle, the adopted kids are all disabled, too, but we get along with each other just fine, and I am glad I still have my sister living with me.

We were both born in Louisiana, in Lafayette, and we were adopted at the age of six by this family in Texas; and we have lived in Texas ever since.

But anyway..back to my story. My sister Miracle loves to be held and read to, and she loves staring at her reflection in the mirror in her bed. She must think she is the prettiest thing on the face of the Earth because whenever she sees her reflection in the mirror, she laughs. She also loves to watch the tv; the colors and noise can hold her attention for hours, it seems. She is a very happy little girl, and I am so glad she is my sister! I love her to death, and she never tattles on me, which is a good thing, I guess, because I know Hayleigh always does! She is ALWAYS telling mom and dad how "I pick on her" when all I am doing is playing around!

I don't know if Miracle will live as long as I do because of her severe health needs; and that makes me sad. I hope it doesn't hurt her when she dies, and I don't want to think of her suffering when she dies. That always scares me. I saw our dog, "Prince", die, and he suffered real bad with cancer; and it broke my heart when he died. I just hope that doesn't happen to Miracle! I want her to die peacefully, not in agony, like our dog did.

Well, that is my story about my sister. I hope you liked it as much as I did writing about her!  
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