Rebirth: The New Orleans artist provides the Indiana household hope for his son’s restoration
NEW ORLEANS – A noted New Orleans artist brings hope to a family in Indiana.
Terrance Osborne’s “Rebirth” gives this family strength as their 22-month-old son recovers from an almost fatal drowning accident.
Last November, Meagan Chisholm’s world changed when her 22-month-old twins nearly drowned in a friend’s pool.
“They both fell in, so I pulled both babies out and started CPR right away,” Chisholm said. “We were able to put Lainey’s heartbeat back on the scene, and it took Levi’s another 39 minutes. It’s about as tragic as a scenario where your twins have to be resuscitated can be.”
Lainey miraculously made a full recovery. It turned out to be a bigger trip for Brother Levi, who has traveled everywhere for special care.
“We want his light to wake up again and we all pray for that,” said Meagan.
In December, this treatment brought him to New Orleans, where Chisholm fell in love with a work of art by the well-known artist Terrance Osborne.
“We’re driving down the street and I just look out the window and see the most beautiful piece of art that says ‘Rebirth’,” Meagan said. “And it literally stopped me, I mean, just took my breath away and I looked at my husband and said, this is for Levi, this is his rebirth.”
She couldn’t afford to buy it so she took a picture and posted it on social media. This caught the attention of two strangers who then found a poster to mail. However, something more was needed. So the strangers brought it to Terrence Osborne.
“What’s extraordinary for me,” said Osborne. “When Meagan took this picture of Levi, I didn’t see it at first that Levi’s position corresponds to Phil’s in the painting, his glasses and his arms, the parallel is amazing.”
As a symbol of the New Orleans rebirth after Katrina, Osborne saw similarities with Levi’s story and personalized the poster.
“At the end of the piece I added a so-called remark, a small original drawing,” he said. “And there’s a trumpet and the sound comes from the trumpet, the visual sound, and in that visual sound it says, wake up Levi.”
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“It’s just, there are no words about what it will mean for our family to have this work of art in our home,” Meagan said.
A symbol of hope for so many New Orleansers, the artwork brings new life to Meagan, more than 850 miles away. She says it comforts her that one day Levi will heal.
“It’s the trumpet that Levi sounds to wake up,” she said through tears. “When that day comes we will sound the trumpets, it will be a wonderful day.”
Meagan hopes to be back in New Orleans, where she can personally thank Osborne for his special touch on the poster.
Eyewitness News reached out to one of the strangers who had given the piece. They didn’t want to be interviewed but said they were glad they could do something special for this family.