A GRANDMA has spoken of her joy after claiming that the power of prayer healed her "miracle" grandson.
Doctors said little Elijah Brown could die in the womb or be born severely disabled after a scan showed he had a huge potentially fatal cyst - cystic hygroma - on the back of his neck.
Following further scans, including one by an expert sonographer, doctors even recommended his mother Deborah Gudgeon, 36, should have a termination.
But Deborah, a former midwife, and her parents Cath and Maurice Gudgeon, of Buxton Street, Accrington, never gave up hope and in their darkest hour called on Jesus to heal him.
And following another scan, taken six weeks after her first, it seemed their prayers had been answered when it showed the hygroma had disappeared.
Cath, a member of Christ Church with Cannon Street in Accrington, said: "It was a problem pregnancy from the start and we started praying then.
"When we found out about the cyst we felt sort of dumbstruck. It took us a while to realise this was happening to us.
"At the beginning my faith was tested but then I realised I had to put what I professed to believe into practice.
"I'm a Christian and I believe that Jesus Christ and the Bible teaches us to take our problems to the Lord in prayer and leave it with him.
"I got in touch with family and friends and their churches and they started praying.
"There was real hopeful prayer going on that His will would be done and it gave me peace and I could cope with it then.
"Deborah just kept saying to the doctors that her baby was going to be OK."
Cath added: "When we found out the hygroma had disappeared we were absolutely over the moon but dumbstruck again."
Elijah is now a healthy, happy four-month-old and the only trace of the hygroma was a small flap of skin on the back of his neck which will disappear as he gets older.
Deborah, who lives in Darwen, said: "Elijah is just a wonderful baby. I'm delighted. He's meant to be here."
She added: "I think in this day and age people tend to forget about churches, prayer and the power it has, especially in numbers. Even if it doesn't produce miracles the fact that you have got people supporting you helps you cope with your daily lives."
The Rev Kevin Logan, vicar of Christ Church, said: "It's a miracle. We are quite delighted at the church.
"It just shows God working today as much as when he turned water into wine 2,000 years ago."
A spokesman for East Lancashire NHS Trust said: "Deborah had her first scan on 14 August and the abnormality was noticed. Because of this she had another on 1 September.
"Four weeks later she had another scan and it looked healthy.
"It's normal procedure to offer abortion in cases where the baby appears to have serious disabilities."