Lady Bears' Chandler a Living 'Miracle'

WACO (April 5, 2013) -- If there ever was a reason to believe in miracles, Mariah Chandler is a perfect example.

Chandler, better known by her teammates as "Miracle," is living proof that amazing things do happen.

"There is a Lord up there and I hope people realize that," Chandler said.

Mariah was just seven when she went to the hospital with a cold.

"The doctor said something's not right. He was looking at the…heart monitor, and it said 376, when your heart rate's only supposed to be 70 at a 7-year-old" Chandler said.

Mariah was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which affects the heart.

"It causes your heart rate to go extremely fast while you're just sitting around the house," she said.

She was rushed into surgery, as doctors tried to slow her heart rate.

"After about 9-12 hours, they couldn't fix anything and they just pronounced me dead," she said.

But Mariah's mom wasn't ready to bury her little girl.

"She was just saying the heart monitor was like 'beeeeeeep'; she was just crying and started praying, 'Lord, please bring my baby girl back,' and about 30 seconds after that, it started beeping again."

Amazingly, Mariah had been brought back to life.

"She gave me the nickname miracle baby," she said.

But between the pills and treatments, life was anything but normal.

"The medication caused me to have a deeper voice. My hair's thicker, so I get a lot of facial hair. I grew faster than I was supposed to. In second grade I was 5'2"," she said.

And being different wasn't always easy.

"I used to come home crying because people were talking about me, especially my voice and me just being a big elementary kid," she said.

But Mariah found an outlet on the court.

"I never thought growing up I was going to play basketball. But once the doctors released me to play sports, I knew right then and there I'm going to do something with this talent God gave me."

And she did. Mariah was one of the highest recruited players in the country.

"A lot of people saw me as a normal person," she said.

Eventually, her teammates learned the reason why her mom called her, her 'miracle baby.'

"My classmates shortened it to miracle," she said.

Mariah has one more year with the Lady Bears. After that she wants to start her own production company.

"Miracle productions," she said.

A perfect description of a life lived to the fullest.

"I don't know what my purpose is…I'm just happy I'm here. Can't think of a better place to be."

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