Want a great prayer story of healing… this one out of USA TODAY!
WAUKEE, Iowa — The family of Taylor Hale gathered in her hospital room nearly four years ago.They assembled to say goodbye.
The date was Sept. 17, 2011 — six days after what normally would have been a silly teenage moment spawned a terrible sequence of events that resulted in two parents preparing to say goodbye to their 14-year-old daughter.
Taylor was at a friend’s house on Sept. 11 after the first Waukee High School football game. A friend was leaving, and Taylor and another friend teased him.
They didn’t want to leave. They sat on the hood of his car to stop him. He backed up.
One girl slid off and was unhurt. Taylor was carried slightly farther, then slipped off and hit the pavement. Hard.
She didn’t get up. She didn’t respond. Someone called 911. Someone else called Taylor’s mother, Stacy Henningsen.
“There’s been an accident,” Stacy remembered Taylor’s friend saying. “An ambulance is on the way.”
Stacy was still in the fog of sleep when she got the call. First, she was nervous. Later, she was terrified. The accident left Taylor with a traumatic brain injury.
Taylor was put into a medically induced coma in hopes it would help her heal. But the prognosis was poor.
Taylor remained unresponsive for a week. Then, in the early morning hours of Sept. 17, she suffered a brain hemorrhage.
Doctors and nurses fought to save Taylor’s life. But at the end of a grueling session, Taylor’s brain sank part way into her spinal canal.
No one comes back from that, the doctors told Taylor’s mother, Stacy, and her father, Chuck Hale.
Nothing more could be done. Their daughter was brain dead. It was time to make arrangements to take her off life support and discuss organ donation.
That afternoon, Jeff Stickel, a chiropractor and friend of Taylor’s parents visited the hospital. Stickel had wanted to come for some time.
He felt God was calling him to treat Taylor. Stacy and Chuck figured he was too late.
“Have you ever worked on an unconscious person before?” Chuck said.
Stickel had not.
“Well, I’m not for it,” Chuck said.
Stacy, too, thought it was a bad idea.
Stickel, who runs Adio Chiropractic on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines, understood. He asked if he could pray with the family.
They agreed. He put his hands on her neck and prayed for God to heal Taylor.
The family thanked Stickel. He left.
Later that afternoon, doctors turned off the life support that had been helping her breath since the accident.
And then, something unexpected happened: Taylor struggled to take a breath under her own power.
They reconnected life support. As the day went on, Taylor’s brain activity began to increase. Her eyes fluttered. She made mumbling noises, trying to talk.
And finally, Taylor Hale, considered brain dead by science, awoke from her coma.
“It was the hand of God at work,” Chuck said. “That’s the only thing that can explain it.”
Their flicker of hope became a raging fire. They went from planning funeral arrangements to thinking about rehab.
First at Blank and later at Mercy Healthy Living Center YMCA in Clive, Taylor relearned just about everything, from swallowing food to talking and walking.
Progress was slow, but steady — excellent for a girl once assumed brain dead.
She went from a wheelchair to a walker — then walking by herself.
She missed most of her freshman year in the Waukee school district. A tutor helped her keep up with her class, which frustrated Taylor.
“I was angry because I used to be able to do this stuff by myself, and now I couldn’t,” Taylor said.
Be sure to read the full story by clicking the image above. This is an awesome story, and doesn’t it make your wonder if the chiropractor gave a slight adjustment while praying? I know God Heals, and this is the kind of healing we are looking for for Steve. Join us everyday at 12:30pm for a moment of prayer. Thank you – Be well and Be blessed! – Dr. E