[by Dean Smith] In 2011, at the age of 14, Taylor Hale of Waukee, Iowa was with friends when she fell off the hood of a car hitting her head on the pavement. Unconscious, she was rushed to hospital by ambulance.
According to an article in USA Today, the doctors medically induced a coma to help heal her brain trauma. Over the next six days medical staff worked on Taylor, but the news wasn’t good. Her head was sinking into her spinal canal, and according to doctors this was irreversible.
But the sixth day, September 17, 2011, proved eventful. Early in the morning, Taylor suffered a massive brain hemorrhage.
With no brain activity, the doctors recommended to Taylor’s parents, Stacy and Chuck Taylor, that their daughter be taken off life support. The family agreed and began planning for her funeral.
However, Jeff Stickel, a family friend, asked if he could visit Taylor. A chiropractor, he felt God had told him to treat Taylor. The family felt it was too late for that and when they weren’t comfortable with him treating an unconscious person, Jeff asked if he could pray for Taylor instead.
Chuck and Stacy had no problem with that. On the morning of the 17th, Jeff laid hands on Taylor and prayed for God to heal her and then left.
A short time later, as medical staff removed life support, Taylor gasped for air on her own. They immediately put the breathing tubes back on. Her brain waves returned and grew stronger by the hour.
And then incredibly having been considered brain-dead, Taylor awoke from her coma.
Speaking for the family, Chuck gave credit to God:
“It was the hand of God at work. That’s the only thing that can explain it.”
Now 18, Taylor has been on a slow road to recovery. She has graduated from a wheel chair to walking on her own. Though she has no memory of anything before the accident, she graduated from high school this year.
God can save people, I’m always thankful to all the doctors and nurse and therapists who helped me get better, but God did most of the saving.
The author of the USA Today article, Daniel Finney, made this interesting observation:
“Was it Stickel’s healing touch moments before Taylor began to wake up? Or was that a coincidence.”
Just prior to His ascension into heaven, Jesus turned to His disciple and said:
17 These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16: 17-18 NASV)
Jesus said that any who believed on Him would lay hands on the sick and they would be healed. Was it just a coincidence, that Jeff did exactly that and saw Taylor, who doctors considered brain-dead, raised from her death bed?