The Nipper family are from Cape Girardeau, Missouri. On July 29, they were at a friend’s place for a pool party when their three-year-old daughter Alise drowned.
Alise and her mother Jamie had been swimming in the pool when the weather took a sudden turn for the worse and people headed inside.
It was only when they were in the home that Jamie realized her daughter wasn’t there. She thought Alise was inside somewhere taking off her life jacket.
Panicked, Jamie ran outside to search for her daughter and after a couple searches of the pool found Alise underwater. She saw her foot sticking out from beneath a raft.
It appears when everyone started going inside because of the lightning, Alise had taken her life jacket off outside and somehow fell back in the water.
Jamie jumped in and pulled out her daughter hoping she had just fallen in. But a few minutes had already passed and Alice’s face was blue. She was not breathing and there was no pulse.
A friend at the pool party stood by in disbelief but began to pray. In an interview with the KFVS 12 News, Nitika said she did what the Bible spoke of and quoting from Romans 4:17 begin to speak into being those things that do not exist.
17 … even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. (Romans 4:17 NASV)
They called for an ambulance. Jamie and Heather Kyle, a nurse and CPR instructor, began performing CPR on Alise. But nothing was happening.
Kyle said privately she held out little hope, but thought they should continue CPR until the ambulance arrived.
But after 12 minutes, Alise’s heart suddenly started beating. Still unconscious, she was rushed to the hospital and from there to St. Louis’ Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
When she arrived, doctor’s believed there was nothing that could be done. Alise’s lungs were severely damaged and undoubtedly so was her brain. Her muscles were breaking down and parts were spewing into Alise’s blood stream.
There was no hope, but for God.
People began to pray. A family friend set up a Facebook page asking for prayer for Alise. The title of the page was “Boldly Pray for Alise.”
16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 NKV)
For six days they waited, then Alise began to show improvement. When she was able to breathe on her own, they took her off the ventilator. Then incredibly, Alise woke up on the sixth day singing and talking, as if nothing had happened.
Other than having no memory of what happened to her, Alise is completely fine. In fact, she is already back swimming.
Dr. Jeremy Garrett, Alise’s attending physician, summed it up this way:
“For her brain to come through this and be as functional as possible is astounding. Prayer and luck and divine intervention were the key factors.”
I love the verse they posted on the Facebook page:
“Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~Joshua 1:9