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Through the 'hands of God': Brain dead teen unexpectedly awoke from coma, now a high school graduate

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By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/15/2015 (4 years ago)
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Taylor Hale was pulled off of life support and miraculously took a breath on her own.

Taylor Hale, then 14, was declared brain dead and pulled out of her life support after suffering from a severe head injury due to an accident she had in September 2011. Devastated, her parents were suggested by the doctors to donate her organs and prepare her funeral, for there was no chance left of her waking up from comatose. Fortunately, a devoted chiropractor stopped by to encourage faith and hope, laying his hands on her neck as he prayed with her family.


MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Jeff Stickel, a family friend to the Hales, visited the teen the afternoon before she was pulled out of the life support.

Stickel told the family that God wanted him to offer them a help to save Taylor's life, but he was discouraged by the already disheartened family. Nonetheless, he still went on to pray for her life and recovery, asking God to spare the teenage girl's life.

After the Christian chiropractor left, the doctors pulled her out but unexpectedly, Taylor drew breath of her own rather than flat-lining.

"It was the hand of God at work. That's the only thing that can explain it," said Stickel during an interview with the Des Moines Register. It was reported that Taylor was placed back on life support and displayed favorable responses after several hours.

According to the post, her brain activity picked up and she even tried to talk. Eventually she awoke from coma and painstakingly worked into recovery.

Just this Monday, the 17-year-old former brain dead graduated high school. Although Taylor had a lot of setbacks after the accident and during recovery stages, she worked harder to earn good grades.

With most of her memories back, she is ultimately grateful to God who healed and transformed her life.


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