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Sunday, August 21, 2011

I have Proof That God Still Performs Miracles.

If anybody wants proof that God is still in the miracle business they should read this story about my weekend. My daughter was in a car crash on Friday that by all logic she shouldn't have survived.

At about 5:45pm I was packing up my computer for the night and watching one of my guilty pleasures (TMZ). The phone rang and the stranger on the other end gave me what seemed to be a paradox, your daughter drove into a tree, but is OK. She asked me to call you. It was hard for me to imagine a situation where someone drives into a tree but is basically uninjured. I shouted out to my wife and she joined me in the car as we sped  to the accident site a half of a mile from home.

As we approached we saw two Suffolk County police cars, a fire truck and an EMT ambulance. Having to park a half block away (on the wrong side of the street) my wife ran out of the car to her child crying, I followed. The firemen were shouting to us "don't worry she is OK."

The first thing I noticed as I approached my daughter is the  blood that seemed to be everywhere.  The top of her  head was wrapped as was her neck.  The neck wrapping had already turned red from her blood, but they had quickly covered it up with a heavy duty neck brace. She was surround by EMT workers who were removing a cardiogram and were putting her on one of those hard plastic yellow boards they use when there is fear of a head or neck injury.

My crying wife joined my daughter in the ambulance, while I tried to get her valuables out of the car. Approaching the car, I surveyed the scene. It gave me shivers. My little girl had been very lucky.

Apparently my daughter swerved to the right hit the tree, then pivoted around and the back of her car hit one of those giant 3 feet tall by 4 feet wide, electrical boxes that LIPA puts on every other front lawn. After she hit the electrical box the tree she originally hit smashed down on the driver's side of the car.

As I approached the car the windshield was shattered as was the driver's side window, both airbags deployed, and it was obvious that the worst damage was on the driver's side of the car. Most scary was the roof over her head was flattened from the fall of the tree. All I could think of is how lucky she was.

Driving to the emergency room, I called every observant Jew whose number I remembered. As it was approaching the Sabbath, it would soon be too late to call them and I had a special request for them all. It is a tradition that every time you take out the Torah there is an opportunity to make special prayers of refuah shleimah  (healing)for the ill. Even on the Sabbath when the prayers are mostly prayers of thanks (as opposed to Dear God, I want, I need...) we make prayers asking God to help heal the ill and to grant strength to the doctors who are treating our loved ones.

Mi-sheberakh avoteinu v'imoteinu, Avraham v'Sarah, Yitzhak v'Rivkah, Ya'akov, Rachel v'Leah hu y'varekh et (Hebrew name-Son/Daughter of Mother's Hebrew name) v'yavi aleihem refuat hanefesh u'refuat haguf yachad im kol cholei amo Yisrael. Barukh atah Adonai, rofeh ha'cholim.

May the One who was a source of blessing for our ancestors, bring blessings of healing upon (Hebrew name-Son/Daughter of Mother's Hebrew name), a healing of body and a healing of spirit. May those in whose care they are entrusted, be gifted with wisdom and skill, and those who surround them, be gifted with love and trust, openness and support in their care. And may they be healed along with all those who are in need. Blessed are You, Source of healing. Amen.
Knowing my friends I guarantee you that God heard much about Hinda bat Leah this weekend. From my friends as well as my wife and me.

A short time later, I joined my wife in the emergency room.  It was the first time I was able to see her close up.  My little girl (she is 21 but will always be my little girl) looked like something out of a horror movie.

There was a large cut over her left eye, the white of her skull was visible at the bottom of the  of that injury. The entire left side of her face was a lacerated bloody mess which we had to keep dabbing to keep the blood from seeping into her eye.  She had an extremely deep gash on the left side of her neck which, if it was a bid deeper would have severed her jugular.  In short my daughter was a very lucky girl.

About 10 o' clock that evening the plastic surgeon came in to start his work, telling us that he hadn't seen a face that needed that much work in years. He worked for 3 and a half hours wearing glasses that seemed to have mini microscope lenses coming off the front.  The plastic surgeon delicately stitched together each cut and repaired each laceration.

At about 2 AM we were told that as soon as my daughter could hold down liquids she could go home.  But Saturday morning nothing was too be that easy, after drinking some apple juice, she began to "bring it up again." I am not talking a little throwing up but the projectile stuff only seen in the movie the exorcist.

Finally eight hours later, we were allowed to bring my daughter where she belonged--home. She was battered, tired, in terrible pain, but alive with a good prognosis for the future. She will require some more plastic surgeries and maybe even a skin graft, but the result was much better than it could have been. In the middle of the night, the EMTs had brought a man into the hospital who had a similar accident to my daughter.Unfortunately he didn't make it.

All I could think of is all the help she received, the EMTs, police officers and firemen who rushed to the scene and the doctors, radiologists and nurses who treated her at the hospital.  But just as valuable were the people I called who used their Shabbos rest to pray to God that my little girl survive and have a strong recovery.

A little more than 21 years ago my daughter was born.  I remember when the nurses first placed this screaming little baby into my arms, I marveled at the miracle of the entire process, how God was able to take a piece of me and a piece of my wife and create this little human being that came out of my wife and into our lives.

As I drive my daughter and wife home from the hospital on Saturday I thought back to that time and the injuries she received a little less than 17 hours before.  Just as her birth was a miracle and a gift from God, the fact that she was still alive and coming home was a miracle and gift from our maker.

Her injuries were severe but treatable, but if for example, her neck injury was slightly deeper she might have severed her jugular, bleeding out even before the EMT workers came.

Some might say that the fact my daughter is alive today is the medical and emergency personnel knew what to do and they are 100% correct. But to think they didn't have some help from above defies all reality. The miraculous gift  God gave my wife and me 21 years ago, was re-gifted to us this past Shabbos. 

For those who believe God hasn't performed any miracles in two thousand years (with the possible exception of the 1969 Mets), the fact that my little girl is alive and (God willing) healing, is proof that you are wrong.

As the Jewish Prayer Birkhat Ha‑Gomel says
"Blessed are You, Lord, our God, King of the Universe, Who bestows good things on the unworthy, and has bestowed on me every goodness."
Thank you God, for answering our prayers with a resounding yes.

If anyone wants add their prayers to the ones already praying for my daughter's speedy recovery her name is Hinda bat Leah.

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Unknown said...

I wish her a speedy recovery. I remember my auto accident like yesterday. I have not driven since. I was 16. I am now 37

Anonymous said...

Miracles do indeed happen every day, if people would only open their eyes to see them.
I feel your pain, man. I went through something similar an eternity ago. When I heard it was "my daughter" all I could see in my mind was the little girl with her arms held high, wanting to be picked up.

Anonymous said...

Prayers for you Jeff...

I also linked in.


JerseyDevil said...

Our God of Hosts has blessed you and your wife with the life of your daughter. And He has shown you the miracle of His love.

Larry Sheldon said...

I hope you don't mind a Christian putting in a word.

Queen Hotchibobo said...

Praise the Lord that your daughter was spared her life. May God speed her healing.

Dave in Texas said...

I'm so glad your little girl will be ok. I have two little girls myself, 25 and 21, and I've also raced to the scene of an accident with my heart in my throat.


Anonymous said...

Wow, that's frightening. My thoughts are with her and all her family and friends, wishing her a speedy and full recovery.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's frightening. My thoughts are with her and all her family and friends, wishing her a speedy and full recovery.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts go out to all of you. There are truly miracles in this world if we only know where to look.

Findalis said...

My prayer will be with your daughter and your family. G-d does miracles, though very seldom do we recognize them when they are done.

Publius said...

Wow. Best wishes for a speedy recover! We are praying for you all.

Ms. Robinson said...

God does work in our world. I praise that He protected your sweet daughter and I will offer up prayers for her healing. Thank you for sharing. I understand the overwhelming feeling of being spared tragedy.

Mom said...

Praise God for His love and healing power. We are praying for your beautiful daughter and your family. And thank you for your encouraging testimony.

andrea said...

From the description of her condition, I wonder how she "told" a stranger to call her parents. It would appear she would be unable to give them a phone number or be aware of anyone with her body compressed into a few inches of space in the smashed car. Who called? Thats the mysterious miracle.

Rose said...

We love you - and we pray for you and her, and her Mom.

Flo said...

I'm glad to hear she was OK. What was she driving if you don't mind me asking (car guy)?

Ashan said...

What a terrible thing to have happen to one's child. My prayers for Hinda's very speedy recovery.

Anonymous said...

Prayers for your daughter's recovery? Done. Get well, hon.

Mike said...

About three weeks ago, my 7yr old daughter went swimming in the community pool with some of our neighbors.
She was using a snorkel and I think she got a breath full of water which knocked her out cold while she was swimming.
One of the kids who she was with went and got his dad who came and scooped her out of the pool.
Fortunately there was a Registered Nurse right there on the scene who performed CPR.
Bottom line is that my daughter survived and there doesn't seem to be any lasting damage.

Chad Thorson said...

I'll pray for a speedy and full recovery, God bless.

panda said...

Thank G-d she is safe! I wish her a speedy and complete recovery.

Dan Pankowsky

Unknown said...

So glad to hear your daughter will be ok after such a horrific accident. Praying for you and your family. Best...

rich said...


IsraeliGirl / said...

Refuaa Shlema to your little girl and the whole family. Believing helps you find the strength you need to go through such events.

Right Truth said...

What a terrible experience for you, your wife and your daughter. I am so thankful for the outcome.

God hears prayers and he answers them.

As to miracles, yes they do happen today.

My husband is a long-time physician and can testify that doctors and other emergency professionals are well trained and do their best, but the hand of god can guide their decisions, their diagnoses and their procedures.

My very best to your daughter as she continues her recovery.

Right Truth