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Fergus Falls Baby a "Miracle"

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"I asked our doctor, what's the next step and he said, I didn't think we'd get this far," says mom Jessica Knutson of Fergus Falls.

At just 9-weeks-old, baby sully is being called a miracle. After a traumatic birth and being diagnosed with a rare bladder disease, doctors say they're shocked to see him as healthy as he is today.

Family is something Jessica Knutson never takes for granted. Especially when she was never supposed to have one.

"They said, you probably won't have any babies when you're ready to have them," says Jessica.

She was diagnosed with stage four cancer at just seven months old and had a four pound tumor in her stomach, which is why Avery, Stetson and Kinsley were such miracles.

Jessica's husband, Brent, says, "We were a little shocked, happy though."

"You didn't even know that you could love that much," says Jessica.

After having three children, Jessica and Brent decided to try for another. But this pregnancy was different.

Jessica says, "Felt like something wasn't right." 

"I was thinking this could be the worst day of my life," says Brent.

"I didn't know how bad it was, but I could see my husband's face," says Jessica.

Their newborn baby Sully had gotten stuck during birth.

Brent says, "He cam out and his face was black and blue."

"Right then and there, thought we were going to be doing a funeral," says Jessica.

Brent says, "Feel really helpless. Don't know what to think."

Sully was rushed to the Children's hospital in Minneapolis where doctors learned he had a ruptured kidney and a rare disease that blocked the connection between his bladder and kidneys. But Sully's determination and his family's faith were stronger.

Jessica says, "We know that doctors know medicine, but they don't know God's plan. So we clung to that."

After multiple surgeries, doctors were able to save his kidney and get his bladder working.

Brent says, "Those little babies are tough. He did good."

"So, it was God," says Jessica.

At nine weeks, Sully is growing healthier, surprising doctors and is an even bigger miracle that his family says is greater than medicine.

Even though Sully is doing so well, he still has a long recovery. He's scheduled for another surgery next week, and doctors say he may experience developmental issues, but his family says, just like he's done before, they expect him to prove doctors wrong.

A benefit is being held Friday, April 4th at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls from 4PM-8PM. If you can't make it but would still like to help, you can send funds here:

Bell State Bank and Trust
205 W Washington Ave
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

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