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Joshua Patrick Isaiah Noche': An Update, 2008.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Thursday, April 17, 2008

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A little boy who was born very premature is now five years old--and continues to amaze doctors and family members.

My son is now five years old.  That he's lived this long is nothing short of a miracle.

My name's Rebecca Noche'.  My husband, Roberto, and myself, didn't think our son would survive.  He was born four months premature, weighing less than a pound at birth. He was not expected to live; if he did, he would probably have lifelong disabilities, according to his doctors.

Well, my son, I'm glad to say, is not disabled.  Not even a little bit.  He's as perfect, as normal, as any other five  year old little boy, only he's smaller than average.  He looks about two to three; he is very tiny for his age.

Despite his tiny size, he has a giant personality.  Nothing will slow this little guy down.  He is the one who will climb the highest slides at the playground, dive off the highest diving board at the community pool, the one who makes the most noise.  For his size, he has a very big mouth. LOL

Joshie is very gregarious, outgoing.  He loves everybody, and if anyone's sad or unhappy, he'll go out of his way to try to make them feel better.  He has a gentle spirit about him.

Now Joshua is a big brother.  He has twin baby sisters, Jasmine and Jorinda, who are a year-and-a-half.  Like Joshua, they were born premature.  They did not, however, have all the medical problems that Joshua did when he was born; we are indeed grateful for that.

The twins are both perfectly healthy, talking some, walking, being ever curious about the world about them.  They look just like Joshua did when he was small: adorable.

We also have a dog, an American Eskimo we've named "Ninja".  He's the children's best friend; he's always with them.

I look at the harrowing pictures of Joshua in the NICU, tubes attached to him everywhere, and I can't help but cry with joy because God's spared our little boy.  There's nothing, absolutely nothing, that our little boy won't try--or do!  He is a little, living medical miracle!

I will write in here again soon with more tales about Joshua.  He's the joy of our lives!

Until later, this is Rebecca Noche' signing off.  Adios for now!

~Rebecca Noche', mama to Joshua (5), and twins Jasmine and Jorinda (1 1/2).


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Reviewed by Cryssa C 4/19/2008
It always makes me so happy to hear stories of premature children who end up with no long term affects...
It gives me hope for my nephew who was born a preemie.

Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/17/2008
Another courageous family,struggling through without whining,and being grateful for what they have! God blessed you with an great attitude Karen! you are an amazing woman! Thank you for sharing!

Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 4/17/2008
I loved the story Karen.Joshua is a very special name to me and I am so glad the little guy is doing well.........M
Reviewed by Connie Faust 4/17/2008
It is indeed wonderful to read of a preemie who is normal at 5 years old. My sweet grandson Aaron weighed just under 2 lbs. and didn't learn to walk and talk until he was 5. He's had numerous surgeries since birth. But what a dear boy at 11 years old!
Joshua Patrick Isaiah Noche is a blessed child, and his mother is wise when she says he's a miracle!
Nicely done, Karen.
Love, Connie
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 4/17/2008
Karen this is a beautiful story, keep these coming
God Bless
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/17/2008
Yet another beautiful and heart-stopping account of the truth that "all good and great things come in small packages!" My son, though not premature or suffering from any form of disability, was thought also to be very undersized for his age when he was pre-teen. Even now, he is way below average... but like Joshie, George's personality and warmth are infectious and enormous (proud mother speaking!) How great God is... and also all the caring and highly skilled staff who care for these precious tinies. And of course, thank God for the technology... Another great write, Karen. Bless you, Kate xx
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 4/17/2008
Every child is a blessing. enjoyed
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 4/17/2008

Very touching.

Mary, the desertrat
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/17/2008

Beautiful blessing, indeed, not once, but three times - well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, karla.

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