Friday Success Story
Every Friday, I am posting on success stories. These are stories of people who have been given no hope but recovered over the dismay of doctors.
The is the story of Aaron Denham who was hit by a car while riding his bicycle home in Fair Oak, near Southampton, Hants.
Similar to Jamie, Aaron had a broken neck, pelvis,multiple broken ribs and a severe head injury. He also like Jamie had severed two arteries in his neck. They were hours from turning off life support when he had an unexpected movement. He moved his hand with his mom and sister by his bedside.
Unlike Jamie who moved his arm across his chest with no response from the doctor at Vanderbilt who to the nurse to tell us it was a reflex. Aaron is now home and regaining his health and fitness.
His parents said, “Aaron was such a fighter.” The doctors called it ‘miraculous’.
Jamie was a fighter too.
Miracles Do Happen
Doctors described Aaron’s turn-around as “miraculous”.
Dr Andy Eynon, the Director of Major Trauma at Southampton General Hospital, described the fractured vertebra as a ‘Christopher Reeve-type injury’ in reference to the Superman star left quadriplegic after a riding accident.
With Mr Denham, however, the impact was so severe that his C2 vertebra, near his skull, was sliced clean in two, the fragments ending 9mm (0.4in) apart.
Dr Eynon, 47, said: “I have seen only one similar fracture in my life. I have asked one of my team to write-up Aaron’s case because it is so unusual.
“The vast, vast majority with that kind of injury will not survive, and if they do, they will be on a ventilator for life.
“I saw him in the emergency department and thought he was going to die. He is one very lucky boy.”
He added: “Effectively this is a fracture dislocation that has taken the head off the rest of the body.
“Normally I would have expected that fracture to have damaged not only the spinal cord, but also the four major blood vessels supplying the brain.”
With remarkable determination and character he is now back on his feet and able to walk unaided.
As long as there is life, there is hope. The life is in the blood. As long as there is blood flow there is hope.
I’m not sure why doctors are so quick to say a patient is “hopeless”. But they are. Perhaps they want to prepare you, perhaps they look at all the scientific studies and pronounce it, perhaps they don’t want the liability, and perhaps they want to harvest your organs quickly.
Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Mark 5:35-36 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”
Don’t give up hope, even if the doctors say you are hopeless. Don’t allow them to do the Apnea test! Give your injured loved one a chance and HOPE.