"Promised A Miracle" is a 1988 true-story movie based on the case of Larry and Lucky Parker, a California couple, who let their son die do to their religious convictions. The film is based on the book "We Let Our Son Die." It is directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and stars Rosanna Arquette and Judge Reinhold.
"Promised A Miracle" follows the case of a couple of overly devout parents who refuse to give their diabetic son insulin because they believe God will heal him. The couple have the support of their pastor and the local congregation until they are arrested.
The movie is based on the 1973 case of Wesley Parker, an 11-year-old boy, who died in a diabetic coma after his parents refused to give him insulin. Lawrence Parker aka Larry Parker and his wife Lucky were ill-advised by Rev. Gary Nash to let God heal their boy. According to court records the parents were arrested and brought up on criminal charges when the boy died, according to The Tuscaloosa News.
The Parkers say, they thought they were doing the best for their son. They were charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse. The charges were later overturned.
Since the movie, Larry Parker published "We Let Our Son Die," a book that served as the basis for the movie. The Parkers sold their life-rights to the story, in order to help other parents in similar situations.