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‘Miracle baby’ survives after being given less than 1 percent chance of survival

An Indiana couple is thankful for the miracle of life after their son was given a grim chance of survival — only to fight against the odds.

Daniel Breyts was told to start preparing for his newborn’s funeral before he was able to hold his son, Rowan, who was born three months early on April 11, 2018, and suffered from Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), an aggressive infectious disease that attacked his intestines.

“I did a lot praying during his whole hospital stay,” Jessica Novac, his mother told “Fox & Friends.”

She told Fox News Rowan is her “hero” after all he’s been through.

“Without a small intestine, he could never eat. He would never grow. He was too small to hope for a transplant. It was a death sentence,” Breyts said of the diagnosis. “We kissed him and cried, telling him how much we loved him and wished there was something we could do.”

The couple spent as much time with him as they could, offering him kind words and apologies through tears, but instead of getting worse, Rowan’s condition improved.

“Jess and I spoke at length and decided that he wasn’t giving up…neither would we,” Breyts said. So they contacted Riley’s Children Hospital in Indianapolis which offered to take his case and even mentioned the possibility of a transplantation of his intestines.

Four days later he went into surgery, and the doctors had some shocking news.

“She told me they saw a lot of pink viable intestine, which was the exact opposite of what we had been told,” Breyts said.

After seven months in NICU, Rowan was able to make his first trip home of his life.

“Seeing him myself and knowing where he came from as far as how small he was and the issues that he had, in my heart he is a miracle,” Breyts told FOX 59. “He’s an honest-to-God miracle.”

While they still have many appointments and things to do at home medically, Novac said she is thankful for so many people and spiritually excited to plan her son’s future. Many have donated to their PayPal account to help cover the medical costs.

At birth, Rowan weighed a little over a pound and was about the size of his mother’s hand, but today, he is 14 pounds, 6 ounces and “growing like a weed!”

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Brazil’s chief justice dashes da Silva’s hopes for release

RIO DE JANEIRO – The chief justice of Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court quickly overturned a lower court ruling Wednesday that could have opened the way for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to get out of jail.

Federal Court Judge Marco Aurelio had ruled that prisoners serving sentences but appealing are constitutionally entitled to freedom, though he also said cases would have to be reviewed by the relevant presiding judge to determine if an inmate was eligible.

Lawyers representing da Silva rushed to submit a petition seeking the immediate release of the former leader, who has been in prison since April after being convicted on charges that during his 2003-2010 administration he accepted bribes in exchange for favoring specific companies. Da Silva maintains his innocence and is appealing the conviction.

The president of the high court, Dias Toffoli, dashed da Silva’s hopes several hours later by throwing out Aurelio’s ruling at the request of Attorney General Raquel Dodge.

Dodge released a statement earlier criticizing Aurelio’s decision, saying that keeping those convicted in prison “is necessary to contribute to the end of impunity, and ensure the credibility of government institutions.”

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a hard-right politician who takes office Jan. 1, took to Twitter to congratulate Toffoli for overturning the decision. Bolsonaro said it would have benefited tens of thousands of prisoners and put Brazil at risk.

Da Silva is the defendant in nine cases related to the mammoth “Car Wash” corruption investigation that has upended Brazilian politics, leading to da Silva’s leftist Workers Party losing power as well as numerous business executives and top politicians from a variety of parties ending up in prison.

Back and forth rulings of this type have become common in Brazil, where many people see the justice system as becoming highly politicized with courts playing ideological favorites.

“This type of ruling brings a strong component of instability and political radicalization to the Supreme Court,” said Mauricio Santoro, a political scientist at Rio de Janeiro State University. “We have seen over the last months both the left and the right accusing the Supreme Court of becoming heavily politicized and interfering in areas that are outside its purview.”