Born to mom on life support, “Miracle Baby” heads home

Refused abortion prior to massive stroke

By Dave Andrusko

Christopher Ruben

Charlie Butts of OneNewsNow reported the following yesterday:

“After more than five months of hospitalization, Christopher was strong enough to go home on July 13, 2018. At an appropriate age, the family will explain why he is a miracle baby – and why his mother is a hero.”

That is one jam-packed paragraph which the rest of his story about a “miracle baby” and his loving Mom fills out, with help from Brandi Swindell, founder of Stanton Healthcare.

When Malinda Ruben found out that she was pregnant in 2017, it was an enormous surprise. She had suffered many medical problems in her life and she was told “that she could never conceive and bear a child,” Butts write.

But her answer to a suggestion that she abort due to significant health challenges, was, “No, I will not abort this child,” Swindell told Butts. “So can you even believe that sacrifice and a mother’s love, knowing her life was on the line?”

At the same time, according to the hospital’s website,

Malinda had a “premonition” that she wouldn’t survive the pregnancy, and reportedly told the baby’s father: “I’m not going to make it. You’re going to have to fight for our child.”

Tragically, 21 weeks into her pregnancy, Malinda suffered a massive stroke, according to Kayla Root of CBN News, “and doctors declared her beyond medical hope of recovery.”

Four hospitals refused to allow Malinda “to be transferred for an attempt at birthing the baby,” Butts reported. But Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, did agree.

Root adds

Director of ministry outreach for Stanton Healthcare and family spokesperson Jason Herring said the baby boy entered the world at 1lb 1oz and his cry could be heard from the hallway.

“As ‘Baby Christopher’ clung to life, we all clung to hope with his family as we prayed for his health, growth, and strength,” Herring said. “Through prayer and support, the Treasure Valley and beyond stood in solidarity with this precious child.”

The entire community came together for Baby Christopher’s birth, setting up a prayer chain and faith leaders in the community held a prayer vigil.

On July 13, 2018, after five months in the hospital, Baby Christopher Ruben finally strong enough to head home.

“This is not just a historical medical case or a most noble cause,” the website explains. “This is a child. This is a son, a grandson, a nephew, and a cousin. This is one of us. This is a mother’s legacy. And we honor her sacrifice.”