Barack Obama has been through a lot as the former President of the United States of America, but nothing could have prepared him for how he would feel when his daughter Sasha received a heartbreaking health prognosis.
Malia, 23, and Sasha, 20, who are now grown up, happy, and healthy, are the proud parents of the politician and his wife, Michelle.
Barack and Michelle’s world began to fall apart when Sasha was diagnosed with meningitis at the age of three months.
“People ask me what was the hardest moment in my life — they ask, well, what about during the debt limit issue and this and that and the other thing,” Barack said on the campaign trail in 2012.
“When Sasha was three months old, she contracted meningitis. I recall going to the hospital with her and having her have a spinal tap.”
“The doctors did a fantastic job,” the father-of-two continued, “but the nurses who were there with us when she had to undergo a spinal tap and all sorts of things were just bringing me to tears.”
Michelle said in an interview with Rev. Al Sharpton that the excruciating moment will be seared in her consciousness for the rest of her life.
“I’ll never forget that.” It was one of those days where she was fine one minute, normal the next, cheerful, doing everything I expected her to do, then the next minute she was crying uncontrollably, which wasn’t like her. And I was in charge of everything.”
“I attempted to do – I tried to feed her, rock her, and burp her,” she added. Finally, I realized that I needed to contact my pediatrician.”
The medical personnel insisted they go to the emergency room after she recounted Sasha’s symptoms.
“It found out she was suffering from meningitis.” And they had to do a spinal tap,” Michelle recalled, admitting that things may have turned out very differently if she hadn’t had access to health care.
As this story ends, she’s fine and healthy and a pretty young lady. If we hadn’t had insurance, access to a pediatrician, and a hospital that didn’t charge us for care, there’s no way to know what would have happened if we had waited overnight or postponed acting.
Fortunately, Sasha made a full recovery, for which the famous family is eternally grateful. Her big sister, Malia, recently graduated from Harvard, and she attends the University of Michigan.