The Pope Held This Baby, Now Her Parents Are Calling What Happened Next a 'Miracle'
"The Pope healed our baby's heart."
Lynn and Scott Cassidy's young daughter, Ave, was sick. She was born with Down syndrome, eye problems, hearing complications, and two holes in her heart.
Around Easter in 2014, the family planned a trip to Rome. They wanted to see Pope Francis in person during the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII. Ave was just three months old at the time.
The family waited for hours in the rain, and when the Pope rode through St. Peter's Square, they were right in front of where he stopped in the "Pope-mobile." Lynn's husband Scott held Ave up "like the Lion King." And amazingly, one of the secret service men stopped and took Ave to be held up to the Pope.
"The Pope asked my husband, 'How old is she? What's her name?' He told (the Pope) she has two holes in her heart. When we got home in May, we went back to the cardiologist for a check-up. One of the holes was completely closed and one was half the size."
She said she knows the timing could have just been a coincidence and the holes could have healed on their own, but she's choosing to believe it was divine intervention.
"It seems like it was really meant to happen," Lynn said. "And it's as close to a miracle as we'll ever see, I'm sure."
Here's the story of how it all happened, straight from Cassidy, along with some updated photos showing just how well Ave is doing now.