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Family, friends of 4-year-old Rowan County girl praying for miracle

4-year-old Natalie Lippard is being treated at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem. Natalie fell into a swimming pool at her grandparents’ home in the 8000 block of Sherrills Ford Road, west of Salisbury, while reaching for a toy in the water on Tuesday.
4-year-old Natalie Lippard is being treated at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem. Natalie fell into a swimming pool at her grandparents’ home in the 8000 block of Sherrills Ford Road, west of Salisbury, while reaching for a toy in the water on Tuesday. The Lippard family via WBTV

On Thursday afternoon, the family of Natalie Lippard used the word “miracle” to describe what they are praying for.

The 4-year-old Rowan County girl fell into a swimming pool at her grandparents’ home in the 8000 block of Sherrills Ford Road, while reaching for a toy in the water on Tuesday.

Natalie was taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and then by helicopter to a trauma center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem.

“Natalie had a neuro exam this morning, showing no signs of brain activity,” a post by her family on the Stallings Memorial Baptist Church Facebook page said Thursday. “She will have the same test tonight around 9 p.m. or so. My sweet baby girl is stable and comfortable, but life support is running her heart and lungs right now. If ever we needed a miracle, it’s in this darkest hour. Never stop praying.”

On Wednesday night, that’s just what church members did, both in Salisbury and around Natalie’s bed at Brenner Children's Hospital.

“There’s really no words of comfort that you can give other than scripture, because there are so many thoughts in our minds of why this thing happened, why are we having to go through this, but God never tells us it’s going to be easy,” Rev. Mike Herring, pastor of Stallings Memorial Baptist Church, said at a prayer vigil in the church sanctuary.

“It’s never easy to do anything like this, to stand up and talk to people about the health and well being of a child,” Herring said. “It’s just the hardest thing you’ll ever have to do as a pastor and especially when you have the family here beside of you, because they’re looking for answers. And the only answer we can give is our faith and trust in God.”

During the vigil, church members and friends gathered on their knees at the foot of the platform in the church sanctuary to pray.

“We’re praying that God will heal her and that God will be with her and be with her family during this time,” Herring said.

WBTV is a news partner of The Charlotte Observer.

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