Prayer Brings A Miracle For Brain-Dead Mom And Unborn Baby
At six months pregnant, Monique Gray suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. The brain damage was too great, and doctors gave up hope for mom. Their attention turned to saving the baby. So, they placed Monique on life support. But one nurse refused to give up, and kept on praying for Monique. And prayer saved a brain-dead mom and unborn baby!
All Monique remembers from the day she went to the hospital is getting home late and hitting the sack. But at some point she called for an ambulance. Paramedics say she was complaining of a headache and throwing up.
By the time they got to the hospital, Monique was unconscious.
CAT scans showed Monique, who was six months pregnant, had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.
"I have to tell you we didn't think she was going to make it," retired critical care nurse Barbra Hamm recalls.
Because of the brain damage caused by the hemorrhage, doctors didn’t think there was any hope for Monique. They placed her on life support in an effort to save her unborn baby.
Praying For Divine Healing
Barbra knew Monique’s and the baby’s fate was in God’s hands. So, she started praying. She prayed without ceasing, asking our Heavenly Father to send a miracle.
"The minute I started taking care of her, I knew I had to pray for her, and I prayed every day,” Barbra said. “It was almost like a prayer was going through my mind all the time I took care of her. I felt this compelling need to pray for her all the time."
Two nuns who work for the hospital also felt compelled to pray for Monique. They came to her bedside and started praying over her. At the end of the prayer, something incredible happened.
The nuns felt a powerful presence enter the room — something they described as “the Ultimate Love.” The nuns knew instantly it was God. Then a voice told one of the nuns,
“Don't worry, Nickie's going to be okay.”
As it turns out, Nickie is the nickname Monique’s family gave her.
A Miracle Arrives
Immediately after God assured the nun all was well, Monique sat up, looked at them and asked for some water.
"And that was after three days, brain-dead, no brain wave activity, nothing registered at all," Monique explained.
Barbra knew this was a miracle from God.
"I was just elated for one thing, and surprised," she said "because they really gave her very little chance, very little chance of surviving."
In just a matter of days Monique was well enough to remove life support. Her CAT scans showed completely normal brain function — something the doctors hadn’t believed possible!
"She became stable enough to be transferred out and that was a miracle," Barbra said.
Three months later, Monique had a beautiful and perfectly healthy baby girl. She named her Cassandra.
“She survived all of this; all of that medication, all of that with absolutely no neurological deficits, no medication in her system, which is another miracle in and of itself,” Monique says of her baby girl.
The Gift Of Life
Today, Cassandra is 21 years old. Monique has enjoyed 21 years with the daughter she was never supposed to meet.
Monique doesn’t know why she received such a huge blessing from God, but tries to honor Him by sharing her story and living the best life she can possibly live.
There’s no doubt it was prayer that saved this brain-dead mom and unborn baby. And the incredible miracle only bolstered Monique’s own faith.
"I know without a shadow of a doubt that God exists,”she says. “The only reason I'm here today at the capacity I'm here, is because of Him, and His grace."