“God has something for me to do!”
That’s what Ralena “Rae” Kupferschmidt told everyone after she had been given up to die. The doctors had pronounced the 65 year old woman “brain dead.” She was still breathing, but the hospital had sent her home to die. The family was grieving, huddled around her still body and making funeral arrangements. Rae had suffered from a massive cerebral hemorrhage about a month ago.
Rae’s breathing tube had been removed, so her daughter, Lisa, was using an ice cube to keep her mother’s lips from dying out. When her mother sucked on the ice cube, Lisa assumed that it only reflexive. But when she did it again, with some force, Lisa looked at her aunt and asked, “Did you see that?”
She leaned down and asked, “Mom… Mom, are you in there?” Rae shook her head and mouthed, “Yes!” Everyone in the room just about fell over. She was rushed back to the hospital and for surgery to deal with the blood clot created by the aneurysm. She is recovering her strength and undergoing physical therapy. She can walk again with the aid of a walker, and within weeks doctors expect her to be fully mobile.
“I still don’t know what my task is here on this Earth, but I know God’s not done with me yet. How else could you explain everything that has happened to me?” Rae said. She told family that she had seen angels in her room. “I said these angels are not here to take me home to my father. They’re here to help me, to help me get over this.”
“Brain death” is a term which designates, by neurological criteria, the condition of a patient who is in an irreversible coma. It is often called “persistent vegetative state” or PVS. Bioethicists claim that such a diagnosis is reliable and means that a patient is beyond any hope of recovery. Once the “brain dead” determination is made, organs made be removed for transplant, even if a patient’s heart is still beating. And physicians are often under pressure to procure healthy organs.
The idea that “brain dead” or “PVS” victims could recover, has been considered virtually impossible, and a matter of great debate, as recent cases indicate.
In 1984, Terry Wallis was involved in a automobile accident. For 19 years, he lay lifeless. Then, in 2006, he suddenly and unexpectedly emerged from his darkness and began a normal recovery. In 2005 in Italy, Salvatore Crisafulli woke up after being in a coma for two years. He too had been declared “nearly dead.” A serious auto accident had left him unresponsive to medical treatment. In Poland in 2007, a railway worker shocked doctors and astonished his family when he awoke spontaneously after 19 years.
One doctors said of Rae Kupferschmidt, “I’ve never seen anything quite like this.” Rae told Good Morning America, “God’s got something for me to do!”
Adapted from a story by Hilary White of LifeSiteNews.com