ARRIVED HOME ONE EVENING to find messages waiting
for me from the local sheriff’s department and from the CHRISTUS
St. Elizabeth Hospital emergency room. My husband, Scott, and our
5-year-old son, Jesse, had been in an automobile accident.
Scott had been thrown from the car and suffered a traumatic brain
injury, but Jesse remained in the car and, thankfully, escaped serious
injury. I thank God for all the guardian angels He sent our way,
starting from the first moments after the accident occurred. One
held Jesse tight so he wouldn’t get hurt while another passerby
stopped and helped him climb out the back window, all the time making
sure he could not see his father lying in the middle of the road
seriously injured. Another wonderful lady stayed with Jesse in the
ER until I arrived.
The trauma physicians and staff of the CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital
Intensive Care Unit saved Scott’s life and cared for him well.
Although Scott’s injuries were serious, God’s presence
was so strong that I knew in spite of the long road ahead of us,
everything was going to be okay. I was blessed with the love and
support of many family members, friends and co-workers throughout
the ordeal of Scott’s hospitalization and the daily challenges
of working full time, making visits to the hospital, and continuing
to care for Jesse and our 2-year-old daughter, Staci.
So many people prayed for Scott’s recovery, even people we
didn’t know. It was like a re-birth for Scott. He didn’t
open his eyes for nine days after the accident. Then, he was unable
to talk, walk, eat, or even recognize us at first. With the help
of therapists at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth, Scott re-learned these
things, and was able to recognize his family and friends again.
He spent three months in the hospital, and I can only describe his
recovery as a miracle.
It would have been difficult for me to keep going if it hadn’t
been for Jesse and Staci. They told me daily that everything was
going to be fine and that daddy would be home soon. They would sit
on my lap and sing “Jesus Loves Me” and Charlie Chaplin’s
song “Smile.” I recorded them singing and played the
tapes while Scott was still in a coma. Tears rolled down his cheeks.
It has been 15 difficult months since the accident, and Scott continues
to improve. He still doesn’t remember anything about the accident
or his stay at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth, but he has been told of the
overwhelming support and prayers we received. We will never be able
to fully express our appreciation to everyone that has been there
for us, but we are thankful to them and wish God’s blessings
on them all.
CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital