A Survivor of an unsuccessful Saline abortion, Gianna Jessen is a talented young woman with a powerful testimony.
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Aborted in the third tri-mester of her teenage biological mother's pregnancy, Gianna weighed a mere two pounds at birth. Her critical condition caused her to spend the first several months of her life in a Southern California hospital.
Gianna was eventually placed in foster care and soon diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Doctors believed that Gianna would never be able to sit up independently and chances of her ever walking or crawling were as dim. However, by the grace of God, faithful prayers, and consistent love of a dedicated foster mother and family, Gianna proved the doctors wrong.
Gianna perservered through endless physical therapy sessions and after a delicate surgery at the age of 3 1/2, Gianna, for the first time, walked with the aid of a walker and light leg braces. Two months later, Gianna was legally released for adoption and another miracle took place. She was adopted by Diana DePaul, daughter of her foster mother. Thus, Gianna was permitted to remain in her long time family and Penny, Gianna's foster-mom, now became Gianna's legal grandmother.
With love and attention, Gianna's physical condition improved and now after four delicate operations, Gianna walks and runs without leg braces or assistance, and enjoys an active life.
Gianna's passion is music and she has been gifted with a beautiful voice. Her pre-teen years were filled with singing in church, schools, and participating in the San Diego Christian Youth Theater where she performed in "The Wizard of Oz," "Pollyanna," "Cinderella" and other musical productions. She also played the lead role in "Alice in Wonderland" in the CYT Disney-character musical tour group. These times are now far behind her but a treasured part of her childhood.
Gianna is actively pursuing her musical career. She has written and recorded her first solo album, "For the Sake of Love" and her music is a welcomed part of her ministry to audiences nationwide and internationally.
Gianna has appeared on local and national television including the 700 Club, Heart to Heart, The Maury Povich Show, A Closer Look/Faith Daniels and various news and cable programs. She has been featured on the Focus on the Family broadcasts, Family News in Focus, Gordon Liddy Show, and other major radio programs. Gianna's story has been featured in USA Today, News Week, New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Diego Union and other major print media in the U.S. and internationally.
Focus on the Family has recently published Gianna's biography "Gianna...Aborted and Lived to Tell About It." The book is endorsed by many well known pro-family advocates including Mother Theresa, Cal Thomas and Josh McDowell.
Gianna considers herself "a normal teenager who likes to do normal things" and share her music testimony of God's grace in her life. A devoted Christian, Gianna's strong faith and compassionate way of presenting one of the most emotional issues confronting America today, have won her growing legions of fans and friends, young and old from coast to coast and around the world.
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