GODLEY, Texas — As with all their children, Deahl and Patti Rooks pray daily for their 14-year-old foster daughter, Serenity.
Not only was Serenity abused and neglected, she was born with a genetic disorder that left her with a cleft palate, no tear ducts, few teeth, and only three fingers on each hand and two toes on each foot. She also was legally blind and partially deaf.
In their prayers, the Rookses have asked God to protect Serenity; to help her through various surgeries; and to keep kids from picking on her.
But never have they prayed for Serenity to regain her eyesight. It never crossed their minds.
"We pray for our kids every day, but never have we prayed that Serenity’s eyesight would return because it is something we never expected," Patti said. "She was born blind. You just accept that. Never did we once pray this would happen, but if anyone deserves it, it is Serenity."
In the past 18 months, Serenity’s vision has improved dramatically. She no longer uses a cane. She no longer qualifies for blind services.
Yet, she has received no eye surgeries.
"It’s a miracle," Deahl said. "What else can it be?"
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