Kayla Tracy and her family were ready to say their final goodbyes to Jean Roper, her 92-year-old great-grandmother, whose health was fast deteriorating since earlier this year. Roper’s kidneys were failing her, and she was having difficulty navigating around her house or even getting out of bed.

Tracy, 24, recalled: “They ran a few tests and her kidney function was really, really low, and her oxygen level was extremely low,” adding, “The doctor told my grandfather and my uncle that she only had three weeks to live, if that.”

That happened at the end of the previous year. Roper found out shortly after her prognosis that Tracy’s sister, who was expecting a baby, was having a girl and wanted to name the baby Magnolia Jean.

Roper’s family lives in Trussville, Alabama, and she already has several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, but most of them are males. (Tracy has two sons of her own). Nevertheless, Tracy claimed that Roper was so ecstatic about the prospect of having another daughter in the family that she pledged to live until the baby was born.

“Her energy soared. She was a total anomaly. She was so excited to see the baby,” Tracy said.

Magnolia Jean was born on Jan. 31. When Tracy’s sister came with the baby, Tracy was at her great–grandmother’s house.

“She shot right up out of her rocking chair—and she hadn’t been walking at all!” Tracy remarked. “She had a walker and could barely get out of bed. But the day that baby came, she walked from her bedroom all the way down to the hall to her front door to greet them, which was outrageous.”

Tracy, who has a photography company, snapped photos of her great-grandmother meeting Magnolia Jean and posted them on Facebook, where they’ve now gone viral.

Her great–grandmother’s health, she added, is improving. Nurses just removed her oxygen tanks since she no longer required them, she stated.

“They all think it’s such a miracle,” Tracy explained, “because she was going very soon, and then all of a sudden …”

Tracy says that her entire family, including Roper, is astounded by the amount of attention the photos have received online.

Tracy stated, “She cannot believe how many people have seen her story and cared to look at it. It’s been a fantastic response. Everyone has been quite upbeat.”


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