After the Thompsons’ first baby, they spent 10 years trying to get pregnant again, then decided to become foster parents. After a decade they were shocked and surprised when Jenny Thompson got pregnant again.
“We tried for years to have another child,” Tony Thompson told CBN. “For some reason we just never could conceive again. We got very, very heartbroken and decided to become certified foster parents.”
As foster parents living in Chesapeake Bay, they adopted a teenager and a son, Alexander.
Then Jenny got pregnant.
Over lunch at Gideon’s first birthday, Tony reached over to straighten the tyke’s head. He shrieked in pain.
A visit with the pediatrician led to a referral to the hospital. After a CT scan, doctors determined he needed surgery immediately to remove a brain tumor.
It was staggering news.
“Our world just stopped,” Jenny says. She called friends, family and church to pray.
The surgery lasted nine-and-a-half hours.
She cried and cried to God, who gave her a vision of Gideon playing joyfully with angels.
“It was perfect peace,” Jenny recounted. “From that moment on I knew that no matter what the outcome was going to be God had our baby.”
In other words, even if he died, he would be in Heaven.
Gideon remained in ICU for 30 days.
The tumor was examined in pathology. It was cancerous.
Even though the outlook was bleak, Tony and Jenny determined to pray and believe. They held on to hope.
As “a way of coping,” the couple launched a Facebook page “Prayer for Gideon” that quickly went viral. Gideon’s progress was constantly updated, as were specific prayer requests.
“After 30 days in the ICU, Gideon just turned a corner,” Jenny says. “And he started chemotherapy.”
At one point, his white blood cell count, which always goes down as part of the chemotherapy, went to zero. Again he was isolated in the hospital.
Hospital staff informed that the white blood cell count would need at least four days to rise to the minimum 500 for release from the hospital.
By this time, the Facebook page had thousands of prayer warriors joining in supplication to God.
“Literally thousands of people were praying that our son’s white blood cell count would go up,” Tony recalled. “And God answered the prayer.
“His white blood cell count went from zero to 7,000 in less than eight hours!” he exclaimed.
Doctors thought the test had gone haywire. So they ran it again. And again. And a third time. “No one could understand,” Jenny says.
God heard the prayers of his saints and brought a miracle. “God was healing our baby,” she said.
Gideon finished six months of chemotherapy before Thanksgiving.
“It was just perfect timing,” Jenny said. “We had so much to be thankful for.”
At the 4-hour MRI just before Christmas, the oncologist found no evidence of cancer.
Israel Matthews studies at the Lighthouse Christian Academy in Santa Monica.