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Dad Has Sweet 'Heartbeat' Ritual with 6-Month-Old Daughter as She Heals from Rare Illness

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The bond between a father and his daughter is a special one, especially when all daddy’s little girl wants to do is follow in his footsteps.

For 6-month-old Opal Trimble of Shawnee, Oklahoma, following her dad is what she likes to do best. But the task is much more difficult than one might expect.



Diagnosed with an extremely rare disease known as acute flaccid myelitis — or AFM — at just 4 months old, Opal has faced a multitude of challenges at such a young age.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, AFM weakens the gray matter in the spinal cord. It also causes issues for the nervous system.

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“She is the youngest [patient] we have come to us with this diagnosis and each case [of AFM] is different,” the medical director of the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr. Michael Johnson, told Good Morning America.

Despite being so young, Opal is quite the bright little girl. And a sweet ritual she shares with her dad, Josh Trimble, proves it.



A video originally shared on Facebook by Opal’s mom, Gretchen Trimble, shows dad and daughter saying goodbye in their own special way.

As Josh Trimble beats his chest, Opal looks right up and him and mimics his move. This may just be the most darling thing I have ever witnessed.



“That moment of me beating on my chest was actually Opal and I sharing a heartbeat,” Josh told GMA. “I was letting her know that even though we may not be there physically together, we share a heartbeat.”

“That day in particular we were praying about her not only mobility but her intentionality in deciding to move a certain way,” he continued, “and our focus was on her arms.”

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It turns out the arm movement was more than a cute farewell. The goodbye showed Opal was making the strides she needed to make.

In an update to their Facebook page — Opal’s Fight-Team Trimble — Gretchen Trimble shared some good news.



Opal was taken off her ventilator and is reportedly doing well. “We are so incredibly humbled and encouraged by the signs of progress Opal has shown us these past few days…” the update reads. “Thank you, Lord!!”

To stay up to date with Opal’s progress, follow her Facebook page. Opal’s family is asking for prayers as Opal continues to leap over the hurdles her illness has placed before her.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
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English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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