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Joe Farley: Struck by God's Power

Joe Farley was playing golf when he was struck by lightning. He was told he might be paralyzed forever, but received a miraculous healing. Read Transcript


IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY, A

BEAUTIFUL DAY.

I WAS HITTING THE BALL REAL

WELL.

Reporter: IT WASN'T

OFTEN THAT JOE FARLEY WENT

GOLFING WITH FAMILY WHEN

THEY CAME TO VISIT.

HE AND HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW

WERE ON A FAIRWAY IN

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA.

THEY WERE ENJOYING A GREAT

ROUND WHEN THEY NOTICED A

THUNDERSTORM BREWING IN THE

DISTANCE.

THEY QUICKLY MADE THEIR WAY

TOWARDS COMFORT.

I WAS OUT FOUR OR FIVE

STEPS WHEN THIS BOLT OF

LIGHTNING CAME DOWN.

THE NEXT THING I KNOW, I WAS

ON THE GROUND.

I COULD FEEL IT GOING

THROUGH ME.

LIKE YOU GOT SHOT.

Reporter: THE LIGHTNING

STRUCK JOE DIRECTLY ON THE

HEAD, AND NOW HE LAY

UNCONSCIOUS ON THE GROUND.

DANIEL GOT UP AND RUSHED

OVER TO HIM.

HE DIDN'T HAVE A PULSE.

HE WASN'T BREATHING, SO I

STARTED C.P.R. ON HIM.

AT FIRST IT DIDN'T WORK, AND

IT REALLY SCARED ME, WHEN

YOU SEE SOMETHING LIKE

THAT.

YOU COULD SMELL THIS BURNED

FLESH.

ALL OF A SUDDEN HE CAME

AROUND.

HE WAS ALIVE, BUT HE WASN'T

CONSCIOUS.

Reporter: WITHOUT A

CELL PHONE, DANIEL YELLED AT

THE GOLFERS BEHIND HIM, CALL

9-1-1.

Reporter: WITHIN

MINUTES, THE AMBULANCE

RUSHED HIM TO THE HOSPITAL,

WHILE DANIEL ARRANGED FOR

JOE'S WIFE TO MEET THEM

THERE.

I THINK I WAS IN SHOCK.

I GOT TO THE HOSPITAL, I

WENT IN, AND THEY WERE, AT

THE TIME I FIRST SAW HIM,

PUTTING STAPLES IN HIS

HEAD.

Reporter: DANIEL LEFT

THE ACCIDENT WITHOUT

INJURIES WHILE JOE BEGAN

TREATMENT IN ST. LUKE'S

HOSPITAL IN BETHLEHEM.

DR. JAMES REMEMBERS HIS

CASE.

WITH JOE HAVING BEEN

REPORTED AS DEAD IN THE

FIELD, AND THAT BEING

SUBSTANTIATED BY MULTIPLE

BY-STANDERS AND E.M.S.,

THOSE PATIENTS YOU WOULD

EXPECT TO HAVE WEEKS OR

MONTHS OF DISCOVERY.

HE DESCRIBED HIS PAIN AS 10

OUT OF 10 IN BOTH ARMS.

SPECIFICALLY THAT IT FELT

LIKE A THOUSAND LITTLE

NEEDLES WERE PRESSING IN HIS

ARMS CONSTANTLY.

AND HE HAD SOME WEAKNESS AS

WELL IN THE UPPER

EXTREMITIES.

I WILL NEVER FORGET THE

PAIN.

I LITERALLY SAID, CUT MY

ARMS OFF, IT WAS SO BAD.

THEY TRIED TAKING THE

MORPHINE OUT OF MY ARM, AND

MY BODY WENT LIKE INTO

CONVULSIONS.

Reporter: JOE WAS A

CHRISTIAN AND HAD FAMILY AND

FRIENDS PRAYING FOR HIS FULL

RECOVERY.

AS SOON AS PEOPLE FOUND

OUT THAT THIS HAD HAPPENED,

EVERYBODY WAS PRAYING.

AND I CAN ONLY SAY THERE WAS

A PEACE THAT CAME OVER ME.

Reporter: ALONE IN HIS

ROOM THAT NIGHT, JOE NEVER

CONSIDERED HOW UNUSUAL HIS

RECOVERY WOULD BE UNTIL HE

WAS STARTLED AWAKE.

AT 3:00 AND THE MORNING,

I WOKE UP, LIKE YOU AND JUST

SITTING HERE, AS BRIGHT AS

CAN BE.

AND ALL I HEARD WAS, GET OUT

OF BED, YOU'VE BEEN HEALED.

I HEARD THE VOICE, AND THE

VOICE -- THIS IS HARD TO

BELIEVE -- VIBRATED RIGHT

THROUGH MY BODY.

IT WASN'T LIKE ANY VOICE

THAT I'VE EVER HEARD

BEFORE.

IT WAS A POWERFUL VOICE.

IT SCARED ME SO MUCH THAT I

HAD NO QUESTION.

I JUST DID IT.

I TOOK THE MORPHINE OFF ME,

WHICH THEY TRIED HOURS

BEFORE THAT AND COULDN'T.

I TOOK THE I.V.s OUT OF

ME.

I TOOK THE OXYGEN OFF OF ME,

AND THREW THE BLANKET OFF MY

FEET.

Reporter: A DOCTOR

RUSHED IN AND FOUND JOE

STANDING BY THE BED.

I GRABBED HIM BY THE

SHIRT COLLAR, AND I SAID,

ARE YOU A DOCTOR?

AND HE SAYS, YES.

AND I SAID, GOOD, WE'RE

GOING TOR FO FOR A WALK.

IF I FALL, YOU CAN PICK ME

UP.

THERE WAS NO PAIN OR

ANYTHING.

Reporter: AT

6:00 a.m. ANOTHER DOCTOR

CAME IN TO CHECK ON JOE.

I LOOKED AT HER, HOPPED

ON MY FEET, AND I SAID,

LET'S GO FOR A WALK.

HER FACE WENT BLANK, TOTALLY

BLANK.

AND SHE GOES, DID YOU SLEEP

LAST NIGHT?

AND I SAID, YEAH, I SLEPT

LIKE A BABY UNTIL 3:00 IN

THE MORNING.

AND THEN JESUS TOLD ME TO

GET OUT OF BED, THAT I WAS

HEALED.

I GO, WHEN WE GO BACK TO THE

ROOM, I WANT YOU TO BRING

EVERY MACHINE THAT YOU HAVE

INTO THAT ROOM, AND YOU

CHECK ME OUT.

I SAID, BECAUSE I THINK I

CAN GO HOME.

Reporter: DOCTORS

PERFORMED A SERIES OF

COMPREHENSIVE TESTS.

THEY WERE SURPRISED AT THE

RESULTS.

SOMEONE WHO COMES IN,

HAVING BEEN DEAD IN THE

FIELD AND GOING HOME 48

HOURS LATER IS DRAMATIC.

WE WERE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED

THAT HE DID NOT HAVE

SOMETHING OF A STRUCTURAL

NATURE OF DAMAGE TO THE

BRAIN OR THE UPPER PART OF

HIS SPINAL CORD.

IN GENERAL, HE LOOKED LIKE

HE WAS GETTING HIS DAILY

STRENGTH BACK.

Reporter: ONLY TWO DAYS

AFTER BEING STRUCK BY

10 MILLION VOLTS OF

LIGHTNING, THE STAPLES WERE

REMOVED FROM HIS HEAD, AND

JOE WAS RELEASED TO GO

HOME.

ONE DAY THEY'RE SAYING

REHAB TO TRY TO WRITE AND

EAT, AND HE COULDN'T WALK.

AND THEN THE NEXT DAY HE'S

WALKING AND GOING HOME.

A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER, I

GOT THE MIRROR OUT SO I

COULD SEE THE BACK OF MY

HEAD.

AND I NOTICED THAT THERE IS

NO SCARS OR NO TISSUE.

THERE WAS NOTHING THERE.

Reporter: EXACTLY ONE

MONTH AFTER THE ACCIDENT,

JOE RETURNED TO WORK.

HE STILL HAS THE HAT HE WAS

WEARING WHEN HE WAS STRUCK.

IT WAS ALWAYS MY FAVORITE

HAT ANYWAY, BUT NOW IT HAS A

HOLE IN IT.

I'M A SKEPTICAL PERSON.

I'VE GOT TO SEE THINGS AND

I'VE GOT TO TOUCH THINGS.

WHAT HAPPENED TO ME, IT WAS

JESUS.

IT WAS JESUS.

I GOT HIT BY LIGHTNING THAT

SHOULD HAVE BLOWN ME APART.

I SHOULD BE FERTILIZER OUT

ON THE GOLF COURSE RIGHT

NOW.

I REALLY BELIEVE IT WAS

JUST THE PRAYERS OF

EVERYONE.

EVERYBODY GOES, OH, IT

WAS A MIRACLE.

NO, IT'S WAY, WAY ABOVE

THAT.

IT IS ONLY BECAUSE OF GOD'S

GRACE THAT I'M SITTING

HERE.

THAT'S THE ONLY REASON.

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