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Nothing Less Than A Miracle

A drunk driver slammed into the Barrick family car leaving daughter Jen barely clinging to life. The Doctor's prognosis for Jen was grim. Read Transcript


Reporter: IT'S HARD TO

IMAGINE THAT SIX YEARS AGO A

DRUNK DRIVER ALMOST

DESTROYED THE BARRICK

FAMILY.

EARLIER THAT DAY, THEIR SON,

JOSH, WON A BASEMENT

TOURNAMENT, AND THEIR

DAUGHTER, JEN, SANG IN HER

FIRST CHOIR CONCERT AT THEIR

CHURCH.

THE FAMILY WAS ON THEIR WAY

HOME WHEN A SPEEDING TRUCK

CROSSED OVER INTO THEIR

TRAFFIC LANE.

LESS THAN A MILE FROM OUR

HOME, WE WERE HIT BY A DRUNK

DRIVER WHO WAS GOING

80 MILES AN HOUR.

EVERYTHING WENT BLANK AND WE

WERE ALL KNOCKED OUT.

Reporter: JOSH WAS THE

FIRST ONE TO COME TO.

I REMEMBER SMELLING LIKE

BURNT RUBBER AND GAS.

IT WAS AN AWFUL SMELL.

Reporter: LINDA AND HER

HUSBAND, ANDY, WERE PINNED

IN THE FRONT SEATS.

SHE WAS THE NEXT TO REGAIN

CONSCIOUSNESS.

I JUST WANTED TO HOLD MY

KIDS AND HUG THEM, AND I

COULD NOT REACH THEM.

I COULD NOT TOUCH THEM.

JOSH AND I PRAYED, LORD

JESUS, COME TO OUR RESCUE.

Reporter: THE EMERGENCY

WORKERS LATER TOLD THEM THE

WRECK WAS CATASTROPHIC.

THE MAN WHO HIT US, HE

HIT US SO HARD HIS ENGINE

WENT OUT INTO THE MIDDLE OF

THE ROAD, AND HIS TRUCK RAN

OVER OUR VAN.

Reporter: AND THE

E.M.T.s RUSHED TO SAVE

JEN.

SHE BEGAN THE FIGHT OF HER

LIFE.

THEY GOT JEN OUT FIRST

BECAUSE THEY KNEW SHE WAS

THE MOST INJURED.

THEY WEREN'T SURE SHE WAS

ALIVE.

Reporter: JEN WAS

LIFE-FLIGHTED TO A TRAUMA

CENTER, AND HER PARENTS AND

BROTHER WERE SENT TO OTHER

HOSPITALS.

IN THE MIDST OF THE CHAOS,

WORD GOT OUT FOR PEOPLE TO

PRAY.

AT THE TIME OF THE

ACCIDENT, MY HUSBAND WAS THE

DIRECTOR AT FALWELL

UNIVERSITY.

AND THEY PUT OUT NEWS ALL

OVER THE WORD.

THEY WERE ASKING PEOPLE

TO PRAY FOR OUR FAMILY.

Reporter: STUDENTS AND

ALUMNI STARTED PRAYING

AROUND THE CLOCK.

AT FIRST DOCTORS SAID JEN

WOULDN'T LIVE THROUGH THE

NIGHT.

AND IF SHE LIVED THROUGH THE

NIGHT, SHE PROBABLY WOULD

NEVER WAKE UP AND BE IN A

VEGETATIVE STATE.

I FLEW IN MY HEART, A MOM'S

HEART, IF JEN WAS GOING TO

LIVE THAT NIGHT, IT WAS

GOING TO BE THROUGH THE

POWER OF PRAYER.

Reporter: JEN LIVED,

BUT LAY IN A COMA FOR FIVE

WEEKS.

ONE BY ONE, HER FAMILY

MEMBERS WERE RELEASED FROM

THE HOSPITAL AND GATHERED AT

HER BEDSIDE EVERY DAY TO

PRAY.

JEN FINALLY WOKE UP.

AS WE SAW HER EMERGE FROM

THE COMA, THE SPIRITUAL SIDE

WAS ALL INTACT, WHERE

EVERYTHING ELSE WAS BROKEN.

AND THIS WAS A HUGE

CONTRAST, BECAUSE YOU COULD

HEAR HER BE IN A ROOM AND

PRAYING TO GOD, AND SHE MADE

TOTAL SENSE.

Reporter: BUT WITH SUCH

AN EXTENSIVE BRAIN INJURY,

SHE HAD TO RELEARN

EVERYTHING.

AND THEN THE THERAPIST

WOULD COME IN AND SAY RAISE

YOUR RIGHT ARM AND SHE COULD

NOT EVEN FOLLOW A VERBAL

COMMAND.

Reporter: AS THEY

PRAYED FOR THEIR DAUGHTER,

THEY BEGAN TO SEE

IMPROVEMENTS EVERY DAY.

AT EACH STAGE WITH PRAYED

AND BEGGED GOD DO DO MORE.

WE WERE BEGGING GOD SHE

WOULD BE ABLE TO TALK

CLEARLY.

WE WERE BEGGING GOD SHE

WOULD BE ABLE TO WALK.

Reporter: WHILE LINDA

WAS IN THE HOSPITAL, LINDA

REMEMBERS FINDING JEN'S

PRAYER JOURNALS IN THE

LORD.

SHE WAS BEGGING GOD FOR

BOLDNESS.

Reporter: FOR YEARS,

JEN FOUGHT HARD TO REGAIN

HER MOBILITY AND

COMMUNICATION SKILLS.

NOW, SIX YEARS AFTER THE

ACCIDENT, JEN CAN TELL US

HERSELF WHAT GOD HAS DONE

WITH HER LIFE.

AFTER THE ACCIDENT, I HAD

TO RELEARN HOW TO DO SO MANY

DIFFERENT THINGS.

HOW TO READ, HOW TO WRITE,

HOW TO GET DRESSED, HOW TO

BRUSH MY TEETH, HOW TO

SWALLOW.

EVERYTHING THAT WE DO ON A

DAILY BASIS, I HAD FORGOTTEN

HOW TO DO ALL OF IT.

BUT IT WAS JUST SO NEAT

BECAUSE DURING THIS TIME,

HOW THE LORD REALLY

OUTPOURED HIS SPIRIT ON MY

LIFE.

Reporter: HER

PEDIATRICIAN, DR. STEPHANIE

SULLIVAN SAYS JEN'S PROGRESS

WAS UNPRECEDENTED.

AND SHE STILL CONTINUES

TO IMPROVE, WHICH IS

EXTREMELY UNUSUAL IN THIS

KIND OF SITUATION.

SO I SEE THIS AS A MIRACLE.

I SEE IT AS A TESTIMONY OF

GOD'S FAITH AND HIS ABILITY

TO DO THINGS THAT ARE

REMARKABLE.

Reporter: EVEN THOUGH

JEN STILL HAS SOME

SHORT-TERM MEMORY

CHALLENGES, SHE IS A

SOUGHT-AFTER SPEAKER,

TELLING HER STORY IN FRONT

OF THOUSANDS.

I'M AMAZED HOW GOD CAN

USE A GIRL WITH A BRAIN

INJURY.

THE MOMENT SHE GETS IN FRONT

OF THE CAMERAS ON TV, OR THE

MOMENT SHE GETS ON STAGE IN

FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE, GOD

JUST SPEAKS THROUGH HER AND

IT IMPACTS PEOPLE.

ANYBODY WHO HAS GONE

THROUGH A HARD TIME OR WHO

HAS BEEN THROUGH AN

ACCIDENT, I WOULD TELL THEM

IF THEY WANT TOTAL AND

COMPLETE HEALING, AS WELL AS

STRENGTH, THAT THAT CAN ONLY

BE FOUND IN THE LORD.

HE PROMISES TO MEET YOU AT

THE POINT OF YOUR NEED AND

TO HELP CARRY YOU EVERY

DAY.

YOU KNOW, JEN HAS A JOY

THAT JUST IS UNEXPLAINABLE.

SHE LOVES PEOPLE.

SHE REACHES OUT TO HURTING

INDIVIDUALS.

GOD HAS BEEN SO MANY

DIFFERENT THINGS TO MY

FAMILY THROUGH THIS

ACCIDENT, BUT I THINK FOR

ME, HE HAS JUST REALLY BEEN

MY STRONGHOLD.

I THINK THE BIGGEST

BLESSING IS JUST HOW GOD IS

USING OUR FAMILY TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD, AND

HOW WHAT SATAN INTENDED FOR

EVIL, GOD IS USING FOR

GOOD.

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