In September 1961,
towards the end of the second month of pregnancy, she was touched
by suffering and the mystery of pain; she had developed
a fibroma in her uterus. Before the required surgical operation,
and conscious of the risk that her continued pregnancy brought, she
with the surgeon to save the life of the child she was carrying,
and entrusted herself to prayer and Providence.
Yes, I have prayed so much in these days.
With faith and hope I have entrusted myself to the Lord... I trust
yes; but now it is
up to me to fulfill my duty as a mother. I renew to the Lord the
offer of my life. I am ready for everything, to save my baby."
The life was saved, for which she thanked the Lord. She spent the seven
months remaining until the birth of the child in incomparable strength
of spirit and unrelenting dedication to her tasks as mother and doctor.
She worried that the baby in her womb might be born in pain, and she
asked God to prevent that.
On Good Friday, April 20, 1962, Gianna went to the Monza Maternity
Hospital to deliver her fourth child. A few days before the child
was due, although trusting as always in Providence, she was ready
her life in order to save that of her child: "If you must decide
between me and the child, do not hesitate: choose the child--I insist
on it. Save the baby." On the morning of 21 April 1962 Gianna
Emanuela was born.