Little baby Paisley Hatfield was a true joy to her parents. She was born in Avondale, Ohio, and as cute as anything. From the first moment, her parents loved her to pieces.
But almost immediately, they also noticed a little anomaly on the left side of her face.
No one knew right then that this would turn their lives upside down.
“We noticed her eye,” said Paisley’s mother, Carissa. “When she would cry her left eyelid would not shut all the way. It would stay open. And then when she started to smile the same side of her mouth would not move.”
Clearly the young parents, mother Carissa and father Matthew Hatfield, were concerned about their baby. At 3 months old, Paisley was taken in for a brain scan by a specialist, just to be on the safe side.
She went in for a scan at the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center—then the results came back.
Those scans showed some kind of growth on her left temple close to the base of the child’s brain.
Doctors said they thought the tumor was most likely harmful and possibly lethal to little Paisley.
“It’s so scary to parents — the thought that goes through your mind that your child might die,” Carissa told WCPO. The parents shared the tragic news with family and friends, and soon people across the country prayed for the little girl.
Because the risk the tumor presented was so severe, the Hatfields agreed to the surgery. They were prepared to send her into the operating room for a biopsy—an initial surgery to take a sample—and hope for the best.
But after the procedure, the doctor came out of the operating room with an unusual air and asked the parents to sit down with him.
Carissa, a devout person of faith, could hardly hold back her feelings at this stage and she was praying all through his words.
She remembered him shaking his head. Then he said, “Your prayers must have worked. Because when I went in there to get that biopsy, nothing was there.”
Was it an error, or a miracle?
Friends and family were truly touched by the miraculous story of the Hatfield family. Carissa could hardly believe it herself. For them, it was a true Thanksgiving miracle!
The 2015 miracle quickly gained national attention. Hospital representative Jim Feuer said that actually, “doctors had expected the worst.”
Some asked if there was just something wrong in the scans beforehand, but the hospital determined that wasn’t the case.
They said the radiologist working with Paisley was one of their best.
In an interview with WCPO, the radiologist said “I even asked the question myself. Being a man of God like I am. Just looking for some explanation. But it’s a true miracle. It’s a true healing.”
The medical staff had really thought it would be a malignant tumor—but ended up finding that it had disappeared once they did the scan before the biopsy.
Such touching stories are not easy to find, and the medical staff and family alike were truly surprised—and also deeply grateful.
Carissa Hatfield said while cuddling her sleepy, but healthy baby daughter, “This year it brings a whole new meaning to being thankful!”
Watch the interview below: