Miracles from Heaven

I personally believe that Jennifer Garner is a genius actress, especially after having watched her show Alias. The movie Miracles from Heaven (SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT) is about a 10-year-old girl who suddenly becomes very sick with a serious intestinal disease. After her family has come to terms with the fact that there is sadly no cure, she miraculously is healed by accidentally falling on her head. This is apparently based on a true story, which was shown at the end of the movie when the real people were displayed on the screen. The only complaint I have of this movie, is that I feel there should have been a disclaimer at the end, stating very clearly that kids and parents alike should “NOT TRY THIS AT HOME”, as it could lead to fatal consequences.

Apart from that, I feel like this movie was very well put together and involved great acting. It raises the question of faith, as this family crisis tears the parents apart, one believing that faith will take care of their daughter, while the other is not so sure anymore.  While I am not going to get into this particular debate, the movie does do a good job at provoking discussions among its viewers. What touched me the most in this movie was seeing how much the mother is willing to do to get her daughter the best care possible. Starting with demanding that the doctors do everything they can to figure out what is the matter with her daughter’s health, to showing up unannounced in another state to get an appointment with a specialist, she shows how far a mothers’ love can go. She refuses to accept the simple explanations she gets at first from doctors, such as the diagnosis that her daughter is merely lactose intolerant. Also a good demonstration of a mother’s intuition.

As I also had health issues as a child, I can relate to the benefits of having persistent parents, as I may not be where I am today if it were not for my parents, who found the best pediatrician for me, which lead to a specialist diagnosing me, and so on and so forth. This may be part of why this movie touched me so much.

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