The baby who survived a miscarriage

Mary Ann Wichmann works in the Archangel St. Raphael Holy Healing Ministry, a non-profit charitable organization “dedicated to serving Jesus Christ through spreading His message of Love, forgiveness and healing to all people.”

The following is her account of a baby named Elizabeth, who incredibly and inexplicably survived her mother’s miscarriage. Wichmann’s original account was in the form of an email to Spirit Daily. I’ve rewritten it to make it more readable as a story. No facts were changed!


It was the summer of 2008.

85-year-old Fr. Joseph Whalen of Archangel St. Raphael Holy Healing Ministry was invited to give a healing retreat in Vandalia, Missouri.

Whalen, Mary Ann Wichmann, and two other members of the ministry flew out of Boston to St. Louis, MO; then another 70 miles by car to Vandalia.

By the time the four arrived in Vandalia, daylight had faded. It was 8:00 p.m. and almost dark. Though weary from travel, the four made their way to Our Sorrowful Mother’s Ministry (OSMM) to set up the table for next morning’s retreat.

As they were working, they overheard Debbie of OSMM talking on the phone to John Frailey, also of OSMM. Frailey was heartbroken because his wife Ann had just miscarried. Frailey asked Fr. Whalen to come to their home and pray over Ann.

Without hesitation, Whalen and his companions jumped in their car. With Debbie leading the way, they drove about 25 miles to the Frailey home — a rustic house in the countryside. Anxiously awaiting them were John, Ann, and their seven home-schooled children.

Ann was inconsolable and in tears. This was not her first miscarriage. Fr. Whalen spoke with John and the children and then prayed over Ann. As the group made their departure, Wichmann told Ann not to give up hope.

After the weekend retreat at OSMM, Fr. Whalen and his three companions returned home. Not long after, news came that when Ann visited her doctor, the doctor detected a fetal heart beat!

Ann carried her baby to full term — a healthy girl named Elizabeth, whom her parents call their “miracle baby.”

In 2011, Fr. Whalen made a return visit to Vandalia, where this pic was taken with 2-year-old Elizabeth:

“For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13


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Thank you Dr. Eowyn for sharing with us this beautiful miracle! Prayer is powerful!


Yes underlines the importance of prayer , thanks be to God, Amen