After the doctors told Roxana Sosa that there was nothing else that they could do for her 11-year-old daughter, who was suffering from brain dysfunction and septic shock amid uncontrollable seizures, the mother went to pray in the Catholic church next to the hospital.
Inside the Buenos Aires’ church, she encountered Fr. José Dabusti, who came to pray at her daughter’s bedside on the night of July 22, 2011.
The priest proposed that they entrust her daughter, Candela Giarda, to the intercession of the Servant of God Pope John Paul I, and together they prayed.
Earlier that day, doctors at the Favaloro Foundation had used the words “imminent death” to describe Candela’s condition, according to the Vatican Congregation of the Causes of Saints website.
Her daughter had suddenly become ill four months earlier with what was eventually diagnosed as Febrile Infection-Related Epilepsy Syndrome.
In March 2011, Roxana brought Candela to a hospital in their hometown of Paraná, northeastern Argentina, “with refractory status epilepticus.”
“I took her to the pediatric hospital in Paraná and she was admitted to therapy. In a few hours, she was in a coma, on a respirator. She had convulsions and they tried different anticonvulsants, but nothing worked,” Roxana told reporters in an interview with the Argentine news site Infobae.
The numerous daily epileptic seizures made it necessary to intubate her daughter, who was transferred in an ambulance for more than 300 miles to the intensive care unit in the Favaloro Foundation research hospital in Buenos Aires in May that year.
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