This one is definitely more of a God Sighting, but deserves its own post, because it’s just more. For those Wall Watchers with children, you’ll understand.
DATELINE: Charlotte, N.C. to witness a miracle. Actually, a few of them.
A girl named Chelsea Banton was born five weeks prematurely, and doctors gave her 36 hours to live. They were wrong… miracle #1.
Before Chelsea was 2, she was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia, the first of several dangerous run-ins with the illness that have made her a familiar face in Presbyterian’s pediatric intensive care unit. Among other health problems in her medical history: hydrocephalus, requiring a shunt in her skull and, later, several shunt revisions; life-threatening viruses; and, this past July, fluid retention that required more than a week’s hospitalization and three liters of liquid to be drawn from her body.
She’s still here, on life-support, but here… miracle #2.
But in late October, things looked grimm and the family created a “plan of action” to take Chelsea off the ventilator if things got really bad. Things weren’t getting better, and the entire family was feeling pain, most of all, Chelsea.
For the rest, I’ll just use the editorial from the Charlotte Observer, and let that – and this amazing picture – do the talking.
On the afternoon of Nov. 5, as family and friends prayed about the decision, a nurse practitioner called Colleen’s attention to a monitor showing the door to the pediatric intensive care unit.
“On the monitor, there was this bright light,” Colleen recalls. “And I looked at it and I said, ‘Oh my goodness! It looks like an angel!”
Colleen pointed her digital camera at the monitor to take a photo of the image, but the “first picture wouldn’t take.”
She tried again and succeeded. The image gave her a peace that stayed with her when hospital staff removed Chelsea’s oxygen mask.
And then, “when they took the mask off of her, her stats went as high as they’ve ever been.
“Her color was good, and the doctors and nurses were amazed,” Colleen said. “The nurse practitioner who saw the image in the monitor said, ‘I’ve worked here 15 years, and I’ve never seen anything like it.’”
Chelsea was removed from intensive care on Nov. 14 and went home three days later.
This past Christmas, Chelsea turned 15. What number is that? I would say third time was the charm, indeed.