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Natalie's Easter Miracle

A bad car accident put Natalie Elders in a coma for ten days until she experienced a personal Easter Sunday resurrection. Read Transcript


Reporter: RAIN POUNDED

THE WINDSHIELD AT NATALIE

ELDERS DROPPED HER DAUGHTER

OFF AT SCHOOL ON

APRIL 10th, 2003.

HER HUSBAND, DWAYNE, LEFT

EARLIER TO OPEN THE FAMILY

CONVENIENCE STORE FOR THE

DAY.

THEN HIS PHONE RANG.

NATALIE HAD BEEN T-BONED BY

A PICKUP TRUCK.

THE CAR HAD BEEN HIT BAD

AND KNOCKED AGAINST THE

GUARDRAIL.

I WAS LOOKING FOR NATALIE,

AND THEY HAD ALREADY GOT HER

OUT OF THE CAR.

SHE WAS IN THE AMBULANCE,

AND THE PARAMEDICS WERE

WORKING WITH HER AT THE

TIME.

SHE WAS LIFELESS.

Reporter: THE LOCAL

HOSPITAL COULDN'T HANDLE

NATALIE'S MULTIPLE TRAUMA

INJURIES, SO THE FAMILY

FOLLOWED THE AMBULANCE TO

NEARBY NASHVILLE HOSPITAL.

THEY SAID SHE WAS IN A

COMA, BUT THEY THOUGHT SHE

WOULD WAKE UP IN 24 HOURS.

SHE DIDN'T WAKE UP IN 24

HOURS.

SHE DIDN'T WAKE UP IN 36

HOURS.

Reporter: AN M.R.I.

SHOWED NATALIE'S BRAINSTEM

WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY

SEVERED.

IF SHE EVER WOKE UP, SHE

WOULD BE A PARAPLEGIC.

MY FAITH IN GOD WAS THE

ONLY THING I HAD.

ON THE DAY OF PENT

PENTECOST, GOD SENT US THE

COMFORTER.

Reporter: FOR 10 DAYS,

FAMILY AND FRIENDS WAITED

AND PRAYED.

ON GOOD FRIDAY, DOCTORS SAT

DWAYNE DOWN.

HE TOLD US WITHOUT DIVINE

INTERVENTION, THERE WAS NO

CHANCE.

THAT NATALIE WAS NOT GOING

TO PROBABLY EVER WAKE UP.

HE SAYS, I WANT TO MEET BACK

WITH YOU ON MONDAY.

HE SAYS, AT THAT POINT, I

WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT

TAKING HER OFF LIFE

SUPPORT.

I GUESS IN MY MIND, I

THOUGHT IT WAS PRETTY WELL

OVER.

WE WAS GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE

A DECISION ON MONDAY.

AT THAT POINT, I SAID, GOD,

IT SURE WOULD BE NICE TO

HAVE A MIRACLE PERFORMED.

IT'S EASTER, AND WOULDN'T

THIS BE A GREAT TIME.

Reporter: WORD SPREAD

AND CHURCHES IN EIGHT STATES

WERE PRAYING FOR NATALIE

THAT MORNING.

WHEN NATALIE'S SISTER CALLED

DWAYNE FROM THE HOSPITAL

ROOM.

SHE SAID, WOULD YOU LIKE

TO HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS?

SHE SAID NATALIE WOKE UP.

WE WERE ESTATIC WITH JOY.

WE SANG "AMAZING GRACE" BY

HER BEDSIDE, AND TEARS WERE

RUNNING DOWN NATALIE'S

CHEEK.

THAT WAS PRETTY MUCH ALL OF

THE RESPONSE WE HAD, BUT IT

GAVE US HOPE.

Reporter: DESPITE THE

DOCTOR'S GRIM PROGNOSIS,

NATALIE QUICKLY IMPROVED.

10 DAYS LATER, SHE WAS

TRANSPORTED TO A

REHABILITATION CENTER.

WHEN NATALIE CAME, SHE

WAS IN A VERY BAD

SITUATION.

SHE WAS CONFUSED.

SHE WAS NOT ORIENTED.

SHE WAS NOT EATING BY

HERSELF.

SHE HAD AN EATING TUBE.

SHE WAS ESSENTIALLY WHAT WE

CALL TOTAL CARE.

WE HAD TO DO EVERYTHING FOR

HER.

Reporter: NATALIE BEGAN

THE SLOW PROCESS OF

REHABILITATION.

IT WAS MAY, AND THE DOCTORS

EXPECTED HER TO SPEND

CHRISTMAS IN THE REHAB

HOSPITAL.

TO EVERYONE'S SURPRISE, SHE

WALKED OUT SIX MONTHS

LATER.

ALL OF THIS TRAUMA AND

THE WAY SHE CAME, WE WERE

VERY PLEASED SHE MADE THAT

RECOVERY IN WHAT I CONSIDER

A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

GOD IS AN INTENSELY

POWERFUL GOD.

WHAT WAS GOING TO TAKE ME

MANY MONTHS, OR EVEN OVER A

YEAR TO DO, GOD DO THROUGH

ME IN JUST A MATTER OF

WEEKS.

HE CAN HEAL THE BLIND.

HE CAN RAISE THE DEAD.

HE CAN DO WHATEVER IT IS

THAT HE WANTS OR NEEDS TO DO

IN HIS WILL.

THE MIRACLES THAT HE WORKED

EN MY LIFE, IT DIDN'T STOP

WHEN HE WOKE ME UP.

FIRST THEY SAID I WOULD

NEVER WAKE UP, AND I DID.

AND THEN THEY SAID I WOULD

BE A LIFETIME QUADRIPLEGIC.

AND THEY SAID IT WOULD TAKE

12 TO 18 MONTHS FOR ME TO GO

HOME, AND IT WAS JUST A FEW

WEEKS.

Reporter: DWAYNE SAYS

SINCE 2003, THEY CELEBRATED

EASTER FOR TWO REASONS.

IT IS THE DAY OUR LORD

ROSE, BUT IT IS ALSO THE DAY

NATALIE ROSE FROM THE DEAD,

TOO, I BELIEVE.

I HAVE TO GIVE GOD THE GLORY.

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