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Miracle Baby Turns Ten

by Valley Forge Christian College | May 01, 2012
On September 13, 2000, Daniel Kelly Anderson was born to Stephen '95 and Rebecca (Kasulke) '95 Anderson. He was almost three months early and, along with low lung function and a diagnosis of CHARGE syndrome, Daniel did not have any ears.
Miracle Baby Turns Ten
On September 13, 2000, Daniel Kelly Anderson was born to Stephen '95 and Rebecca (Kasulke) '95 Anderson. He was almost three months early and, along with low lung function and a diagnosis of CHARGE syndrome, Daniel did not have any ears. 

As they were rushing little Daniel to the NICU at Hershey Medical Center, Rebecca remembers saying "It's okay." She had taken Sign Language classes in high school, and Stephen's father was a deaf interpreter and taught Sign Language courses at Valley Forge Christian College. Hearing-impaired Daniel could not have been born into a better, more equipped family. 

Doctors discovered soon after he was born that although he didn't have any ears, amazingly, Daniel could still hear. The baby whom doctors recommended be aborted is now a fourth-grade honor roll student who will attend Tracey's Elementary School (where Rebecca attended as a child) in the fall. He no longer has a tracheotomy, and doesn't have to use his feeding tube anymore. He still has his hearing aid, but is excited to possibly get reconstructed ears someday soon. 

The little boy whose parents prayed would be able to talk now won't stop talking. He boldly asks anyone he sees, "Do you know Jesus?" and "Can I pray for you?" Daniel's favorite subject is science and he wants to be a phlebotomist when he grows up. He loves playing with his Nintendo DSi, Rebecca's iPad, and collecting moths and worms in the woods. 

Rebecca now works as an Elementary Physical Education and Sign Language teacher at Riverdale Baptist School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She recently won the VFCC Facebook iPad contest and says that she loves using her new iPad, especially the music apps, which help in her teaching. Stephen is a volunteer firefighter for Deale, Maryland, and works as an audio and video contractor for local businesses. He is currently working toward becoming an EMT so he can be a medical transporter.