How best to pass one’s time when stranded in a hospital ward? One California mom thought it a good idea for her sick daughter to watch some music videos, which led to some very positive outcomes.
Leah Carroll, of Manteca, is 5 years old this year but has already undergone two bone marrow transplants and had more than 400 days of hospital stay after being diagnosed with severe congenital neutropenia, a genetic bone marrow disorder.
Despite this, Leah stays strong. Nothing can dampen her cheerful spirit.
“I think any adult going through this wouldn’t have half the spirit she does, but that’s what so unique about her,” her mom, Lindsay Carroll, told InsideEdition.
To entertain Leah during her lengthy hospital stays, Lindsay shows her music videos on the iPad. “It’s able to just kind of take her mind off of reality, whether she realizes it or not,” Lindsay explained.
Homeschooling this precious girl today. She's doing great and says Math is her favorite!
Not only does Leah love to watch music videos, she loves singing, dancing, and playing the drums.
“This is her life,” Lindsay said. “It’s what she’s ever known and she likes to be happy, she loves to perform, and she likes to make people feel good.”
Then one day in 2017, Leah started lip-syncing “Overcomer” by gospel singer Mandisa.
She's an overcomer. Septic shock, Two bone marrow transplants, graft vs. Host disease and 325 days away from home in the hospital. God is so good to us through it all and Leah is proof of his mercy and grace! I do not own the rights to this song.
Posted by Prayers and Love for Leah on Sunday, February 5, 2017
“And the song itself is just really, really fitting for her life,” Lindsay told CBS News.
“You know, being an overcomer and getting through everything she’s been through.”
Lindsay captured the adorable moment on video and uploaded it online; it soon went viral.
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“The world just needed some joy right now, especially in the United States,” Lindsay said of the video, which has been viewed more than 34 million times.
“And I think Leah just has this pure joy about her.”
When Mandisa saw the video, she paid Leah a visit at the hospital and broadcasted their interaction live on Facebook.
“Y’all, I’m with somebody very special right now,” Mandisa said in the video, ABC News reported.
“This is amazing. It’s bringing me so much joy.”
Fast-forward to a year later, Leah is doing well, according to the latest update on Facebook page Prayers and Love, which is dedicated to Leah.
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