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Sherman parents celebrate 'miracle baby'

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Urias Sheriff was born without a heartbeat. (Courtesy) Urias Sheriff was born without a heartbeat. (Courtesy)
Urias Sheriff spent 20 days in intensive care. (Courtesy) Urias Sheriff spent 20 days in intensive care. (Courtesy)
Hannah and Jacob Sheriff were able to take Urias home after 20 harrowing days of hospitalization. (Courtesy) Hannah and Jacob Sheriff were able to take Urias home after 20 harrowing days of hospitalization. (Courtesy)
Hannah and Jacob Sheriff are overjoyed to have Urias home with them. (KTEN) Hannah and Jacob Sheriff are overjoyed to have Urias home with them. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- A Sherman couple feared they were going to lose their fifth child. Urias wasn't breathing when he was born.

"He was delivered without a heartbeat, without a pulse, and not breathing," father Jacob Sheriff explained. "For all intents and purposes, he died sometime in the delivery room."

All the odds were stacked against tiny Urias, whose name means "light of God."

"I really couldn't do anything except rely on God for peace and pray," mom Hannah Sheriff remembered. 

But doctors and nurses in the Durant hospital delivery room kept trying to resuscitate the newborn child, and were able to restore his vital signs after 20 minutes.

From there, Urias was airlifted to Texas Health Plano hospital, where he spent the next 20 days in the newborn and infant critical care unit.

"There are just few numbers of children who make a good recovery form this, and we call them 'miracle babies' -- they're outliers, though," Jacob said.

A man of faith and a pastor at Victory Life Church, Jacob Sheriff asked his congregation to pray. But what the Sheriffs didn't know is it that their son's story would be heard world-wide.

"We thought it was going to be just few people, but it ended up being other churches, friends of friends, and believers ended up being around the world, praying for our son," Jacob Sheriff said.

A Facebook page was created to follow Urias' journey, garnering thousands of followers, many posting daily prayers.

The Sheriffs said prayer become the best medicine as Urias continued to beat the odds.

"Medicine played its, part but it couldn't heal him," Jacob Sheriff said.

On Day 20, Hannah and Jacob Sheriff took their baby boy home.  And now, eight weeks old, happy and healthy, Urias is now known as the miracle baby.

"The miracle is, a dead baby that had everything wrong and in 19 days got released from the NICCU," his dad said.

Urias is a survivor who is showing the world what faith and prayer can do.

"What I hope people have learned is not just how to work with God, but how to trust him," Jacob Sheriff said.

"He had a choice in this, and I am so glad he chose to live," Hannah added.

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