Although most people like to refer to “miracles” as “luck” or “reason,” I like to call a spade a spade — and this past Halloween I had the honor and privilege of witnessing a miracle: The miracle of a research scientist/physician, Dr. Ravinder Dhallan, telling my brother, Josh, and his wife, April, that without an amniocentesis, Dr. Dhallan is 100 percent certain that the child she is carrying will not be a cystic fibrosis (CF) baby, even though both my brother and his wife carry the cystic fibrosis gene.
For couples who don’t want to risk losing their pregnancy, this completely non-invasive test is nothing short of a miracle. Dr. Dhallan’s cell-free DNA test has been published and patented, and has never been wrong. The way it works is Dr. Dhallan takes mom’s and dad’s blood, then separates out the baby’s plasma from mom’s, and compares the genetic markers in the baby’s plasma to mom and dad’s.
This miracle was 20 years in the making, and was Dr. Dhallan’s response to his own family’s genetic issues. Because the need for this test was so personal for Dr. Dhallan 20 years ago, he decided to dedicate every minute when he wasn’t practicing medicine to finding a way for parents to uncover the genetic health and well-being of their child(ren) without amniocentesis.
God knew just the right challenge to send Dr. Dhallan’s way, and knew Dr. Dhallan would both tackle and resolve it. The old saying that “things happen for a reason” seems so tangible here, that whether it was or wasn’t divine intervention — for my brother, his wife, baby and our entire extended family, it felt like a Miracle on Halloween — the best Halloween TREAT/MIRACLE EVER!!!!