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Gabriel Reynolds was born four months premature Gabriel Reynolds was born four months premature
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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Middle Tennessee family thought Jan. 21 was one of their darkest days after their baby was born four and a half months premature.

But while their infant son was in the hospital fighting for his life, someone stole all the donations that had been collected for them by friends and family.

Still, you may be surprised at how the Reynolds family is handling the situation. Instead of being filled with rage, they've taken to Facebook to solicit prayers for the thief.

Most babies born at 22 weeks have only a 10 percent chance at life, but baby Gabriel Reynolds is a fighter.

"A year from now, we'll be looking back and wondering how he did it, but right now we're just covered in grace," said mother Misty Reynolds.

Gabriel is even already lifting his head.

"He's just a miracle. All of his blood work is doing great," Misty Reynolds said.

What isn't great is what happened to the family just two days after Gabriel was delivered. The family was staying with another couple who had offered them a place to stay.

"They've never had any robberies on their street, very, very nice neighborhood. And then just a car break-in, three or four cars were broken into," Misty Reynolds said.

Hundreds of dollars in cash, a stack of gift cards and their GPS were stolen.

That's when the Reynolds' 25-year-old daughter posted an open letter on Facebook praying that the robber is blessed, so blessed, that he or she would one day give to others instead of taking.

"I don't know what's going on in their life, and I can't judge them for doing something I might not have done myself, but I've been there," said Gabriel's big sister, Kim Bowman.

The support page for Gabriel now has more than 1,000 likes from people who are now praying for him, sharing his story and even making up for the family's misfortune.

"It's just been really great seeing the community come together for somebody they don't know and offer that kind of support," Bowman said.

Bowman said she was always taught to turn the other cheek. Her mom says this is living proof it works.

"They stole all that, but they didn't steal our faith," Misty Reynolds said.

For more information on Gabriel's progress, visit: http://www.facebook.com/gabrielapromisekept.

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