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Miracle baby Turner Hodge and his mother Sarah protray Baby Jesus and Mary during Christas Eve Services at the First Presbyterian Church. Reverend Edwin Evans is in the rear.

Centralia Presbyterian Church Celebrates Miracle Baby

By WJBD News

Members of the First United Presbyterian Church in Centralia were celebrating miracles Monday at their Christmas Eve service.

Five-month-old Turner Hodge of Sandoval was selected to portray the Infant Jesus. Pastor Ed Evans says Turner had his own share of miracles this year. Evans noted when Turner was born, his heart was missing a pulmonary valve. Turner was forced to go onto a heart transplant list. Evans says Turner was on the list for nineteen days when his parents, Sarah and Shea Hodge, got the call they had waited to hear.

"Another family experiencing sadness was so gracious and unselfish to sacrifice, and their sacrifice became a blessing for Turner.  One of the surgeons said, 'God was good to us.'  Indeed, God is good, and we celebrate that miracle and how well little Baby Turner is doing, as his body is showing no signs of rejection," Evans said.

Turner received his new heart on August 26th. Evans says Turner's story shows that miracles continue to happen today, even to people that we know.  Young baby Turner is said to be doing well and showing no signs of rejecting his new heart. 

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