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I Contributed and Merited Salvation – Stories of Salvation

The Choking Baby

Erev Shabbos. Mrs. R. was in her kitchen, busily chopping and sautéing vegetables and not at all aware of the terrible drama taking place in a nearby room.  She hummed to herself as she sampled her cooking and corrected the seasonings.
In one of the bedrooms, Mrs. R.’s baby quietly turned over in his sleep, unwittingly pulling the sheet over his face as he did so. Along with the sheet came the plastic wrapper protecting the crib pad.
In the kitchen, Mrs. R. put on some music. In the bedroom, the baby waved his arms and became even more tangled in the plastic. His little body was desperate for oxygen but none was forthcoming. He lost consciousness.
More time – no one will ever know exactly how much – ticked by and then, in a moment of amazing hashgachah, Hakadosh Baruch Hu descended and whispered compassionately into Mrs. R.’s ear: Go check up on the baby.
Drying her hands on a towel, Mrs. R. peeked into the baby’s room, just to make sure everything was okay and the baby was sleeping soundly.
To her horror, she saw her son covered in plastic. With a cry of hysteria, she picked him up, shook him, called his name. His lips were blue.
“Let him live!״ she screamed. From somewhere deep inside her, a cry burst forth: “Hashem, a hundred shekels to Kupat Ha’ir; just make him be okay!״
Suddenly, the child began breathing – shallow breaths but clearly audible. Still, he remained completely unresponsive.
Shaking uncontrollably, she dialed for an ambulance, all the while continuing to contribute. “Hashem, please, fifty shekels that he should be alright. Please, Hashem, make him come out of this unscathed… his brain…״ She was still weeping when the paramedics came, grabbed the baby and fled with him to the hospital.
“Hashem, please, answer me,״ she wept at the hospital. “Don’t make me sit shiva, please. Another fifty shekels to Kupat Ha’ir. Tzedakah Tatzil Mimaves.״
The doctors apprised her of the baby’s situation: he was breathing. He had a pulse. Unfortunately though, there was swelling in the lungs. They were giving him various shots in an effort to reduce the edema.
Mrs. R. continued busily amassing merits of tzedakah. “Another eighty shekels to Kupat Ha’ir. Hashem, You made the rule that tzedakah is an antidote to death. I promise I’ll make every effort to help my son study Torah and be a yarei Shamayim, to raise him in a way that will give You nachas, if only You save his life!
On Shabbos there was a slight improvement. Mrs. R. continued “chain-contributing״ dozens of shekels at a time to Kupat Ha’ir. She kept promising more and more money to tzedakah, because after all, can one put a price on a child’s life? What are a thousand or two thousand shekels when a child’s life is at stake?
On Sunday the doctors declared, “Mrs. R., you merited a miracle.״
On Monday, Mrs. R. found herself facing the hospital social worker. You can be the best, most devoted mother in the world and suddenly find yourself the subject of terribly hurtful accusations. How do you convince such a person of your innocence?
This time, Mrs. R. knew the secret. “Fifty shekels to Kupat Hair,״ she whispered. “Hashem, please convince her of my innocence so that we can put this whole thing quickly behind us.״
On Monday, the child was home, gurgling happily in his infant seat in the kitchen.
If that isn’t a miracle, what is?
Mrs. R. tried to go about her daily tasks, but every few minutes, she was drawn to the infant seat where she couldn’t help but bend down to kiss her baby’s angelic features.
Then she went to pay her rather large accumulation of fifty-shekel debts, the secret IV infusion that had kept her child alive.
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