Lights of Havasu List

By Grace Usher

Isaiah Corona is what some might refer to as a miracle child. Now, he is taking his blessings and transforming them into true altruism.

When isaiah’s mother, Amber Corona, was 22 weeks pregnant, she received news from the doctor that her preexisting conditions would leave Isaiah with a blood clot in his brain.

It was then presumed when Isaiah was born, he would be paralyzed and mentally handicapped to the point that he would have no quality of life. The doctors’ recommendation was to terminate the pregnancy.

“We didn’t listen. We went to church and got a lot, a lot of prayers. We didn’t accept what they were saying at the time.” Amber Corona said.

When Isaiah was born, all the predictions of his condition were proven to be wrong. At 37 weeks, he came into the world, healthy, happy and ready for a full life. No surgery or medical assistance was required at that time.

Isaiah’s baby photo courtesy Amber Corona.

“Still to this day, if you look at his MRI and at him, it is two different people. It still shows that he should not be fully functioning.”

At the age of 2, Isaiah had his first surgery to drain excessive fluid in his brain. He also was supposed to have a surgery in which his brain would not fall onto his spine from fluid pressure. When he went to have the surgery, the medical professionals were stunned to find that his brain had “healed itself.” They said they had never seen anything like that.

The surgeries were a healthy success but required him to spend time in the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

During his time spent, Isaiah found inspiration in a typically somber place.

Isaiah’s photo in Phoenix Children’s Hospital courtesy Amber Corona. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

In the room next to his was a newborn baby, left alone without any parents to care for it. When he was in recovery, Isaiah loved to spend time visiting the baby, holding it, and developed a deep love for the child.

He knew that the baby was left orphaned and wanted to give it toys to make it happy. This sparked a great idea inside of him.

“He kept asking for a year to get toys for the children but we just brushed it off. After his last doctors visit we knew he was just so blessed, so we had to do it,” Amber Corona said.

Now at 7, and a student of Havasu Preparatory Academy, he wants to give back to those children who were in the hospital just like him but aren’t as lucky to have supportive parents.

Pastor Maureen Collins of Living Word Family Church presents the Corona Family with a check for $400 that was raised by church members for toy donations. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Isaiah and his parents teamed up to bring toys to the children of Phoenix Children’s Hospital this holiday season.

“[My favorite toy] is dinosaurs,” Isaiah said.

Any toy donation is welcome as long as it is a new and packaged to prevent germs. Stuffed animals are welcome but must have tags.

The toys are being collected at Living Word Family Church at 1890 W. Acoma Blvd., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

The drive will be going until Dec. 10.

For more information, call:  928-855-2272.

 


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