Danielle's Miracle Story and How She Is Making a Difference
My name is Danielle Vassell and this is my personal birth story explaining how I am now thriving as a 20-year-old.
When I was born I weighed one pound 4 ounces less than a bag of sugar and I was the size of my dad's hand and 13 weeks premature. I was born on 14th February 1997 and Kings College hospital in Camberwell, London.
The doctors had told my mother I only had a zero to five percent chance to live and that she should have let me go, especially the fact how she was very ill off Pre-eclampsia which was a high risk for pregnant women. But regardless of what the doctors said she had proceeded to give me the chance to live and she was willing to sacrifice her own life for me.
I was very ill and had to fight for my survival for 5 months in an incubator and the intensive care unit. My parents were in a tough situation seeing their daughter fight for her survival and received phone calls to say they need to rush and see me because they predicted I would pass away on several occasions. The doctors even had wanted to turn off my machine several times and spoke negative words over me saying that I would be brain damaged and have heart problems and other medical concerns. As a matter of fact, my mother told me that there was this nurse that used to speak negative words over my heart rate when it was in a good condition.
Every time she used to speak negatively over my heart rate, it would drop down quickly to a low level. Then my mother would tell her to go and her and my father would pray over me and it would go back up again. In spite of what the doctors said and predicted me a low chance of survival, I’m here today because of the prayers all over the world that had kept me. Some of the countries that had prayed for me across the globe were China, India and Jamaica.
I’m now 20 years old, studying Business Management at the University of Derby and I am now in my final year and graduate next year with a BA Hons in Business Management. I have also launched my business within the premature baby sector. This is because I feel that through my story it will encourage others that there is hope no matter how difficult their situation may be. I also get invited back to Kings College Hospital to share my story and to help encourage the parents and those tiny tots fighting for their life that If I was able to survive it you can too with Gods support. Whenever I come and encourage them, everytime they leave feeling uplifted and encouraged and that’s how I know God is truly using me to be a light of hope to those facing hopeless situations.
My business Little MIGHT will be speaking hope into premature babies futures. This is a clothing company that will have words of life and hope such as BRAVE, STRONG, BLESSED, UNIQUE, SPECIAL and more. And will consist of little tots names to remind them that they rose above any negative reports that the doctors spoke over them and to be a reminder of hope to their parents. What also motivated me to launch this business was that I had to wear a nappy for several weeks because nothing could fit me and eventually doll clothes because I was so tiny that doll clothes were the only thing that could fit me and mum always recalls how difficult it was just to find clothes that would fit me and that was the only choice for her until I eventually got bigger.
I have had a range of achievements to date. Some of which I am honoured to share with you. Such as, I was the only student to represent my college at Ten Downing Street and Houses of Parliament for International Women’s Day back in 2014. I got to meet quite a few MP's including an ex deputy prime minister. That was such a mind blowing experience for me. As well as a range of leadership roles. Such as in High School I was apart of School Council and have had the opportunity to take part in a councillors meeting in Croydon to discuss ways that schools and colleges could improve their education within the borough.
I took part in it so well that the next day my deputy headteacher had given me an award for that occasion especially how she only asked me on the day! My most achievement to date is speaking at events where I can share my story to encourage people that are going through tough trials to be uplifted.
Which talks more in depth about my journey from birth to almost 21 on Valentines Day! And the blessings and challenges I went through which made me the young woman I am today I hope that through this upcoming book that many people will be blessed and will know that if I was in a hopeless situation and God brought me through he’ll do the same for you. The book will be out next year and will be available on Amazon, Kindle and many more online platforms.
It’s a blessing to look back at my story and realise that I am a living testimony of a miracle and to be a ray of hope to others within a similar situation to enable to make a difference. I also hope to travel the world and help people across the globe to make a difference through my story.
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