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Motorcycle Accident Breaks Bones All Over Man’s Body

With fractures in his neck, back and ankle, Michael is fortunate to still be alive. See the difference it makes when friends and family rally around for support. Read Transcript


I couldn't swerve one way or the other,

I couldn't get out of the way.

And the only thing that I could do was drop the motorcycle.

NARRATOR: Michael Pruett was a struggling real estate

agent in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

He was newly married to Dawn, but overwhelmed

with family issues and mixed-up priorities.

My daughters and I were just-- it

was pretty tense in our house.

We weren't getting along very well.

I was trying to control my own life.

I was trying to control the outcomes.

The things that gave me self-confidence

were material things-- money, success, getting

a sale, things like that.

NARRATOR: In the summer of 2012, he was on his way home

from showing a house, when a truck pulled out in front

of Michael's motorcycle.

Michael wasn't wearing a helmet.

Well, we had a head-on collision.

I was knocked unconscious.

I ended up underneath the truck, and was drug for quite a while.

NARRATOR: Members of the fire department

witnessed the accident from a nearby restaurant,

and sprang into action.

EMT Tyler Dunn was on the scene moments later.

We walked up and we saw a patient

laying in a pool of blood with half of his scalp missing.

It was a gruesome scene.

There was a lot of blood.

We had a suspicion that there might be a spine injury.

The best thing we could do for him

was get him to a higher level of care.

NARRATOR: He was rushed to the hospital.

Back at their home, Michael's wife Dawn

could hear the sirens.

I used to hear sirens every day.

And then I heard another one.

And then I heard another one.

And then it escalated to the point

that I knew something very serious was going on.

And I just instantly knew that it was Michael.

And I started trying to text him.

And I remember pacing, just pacing up here back and forth,

thinking, saying out loud, OK, answer the text,

answer the text.

NARRATOR: Just then the hospital called, telling

Dawn what she already knew.

She drove to the hospital and was overwhelmed when

she saw Michael's condition.

It was terrifying.

It was a terrifying moment, and I felt so helpless.

And there was nothing I could do, absolutely nothing.

And in that moment I thought, OK Dawn, you know what?

One thing you can do, is you can pray.

And you need to call people, they

could come and pray with you.

NARRATOR: Half an hour later, the ER

was filled with friends praying for his healing.

So when Dan and I arrived at the hospital,

we laid hands on Michael to pray for the power of God healing.

It was that simple.

He needed desperate healing from Christ.

And so, the way we know how to do that

is to lay hands and pray.

That's the power that we have as Christians,

and as believers, that God has given us.

NARRATOR: An MRI showed he had shattered

parts of his spinal column, and his spinal cord

was nearly severed.

DOCTOR: It's pretty much where it's supposed to go,

it's cut at least in half.

When the doctor came in that last time and looked at me,

and said, we need-- I could tell by the look in his face

that he thought that this was going

to have a very grim outcome.

NARRATOR: Michael needed care beyond what the local hospital

could provide.

As he was prepped for a Life Flight

to a hospital in Salt Lake City, his wife and friends

got in the way.

They were finally ready.

We felt led that we needed to lay hands on him one more

time before they actually rolled him out to the chopper,

and we held them up.

The medical people thought we were insane.

They were irritated, because we were

blocking their medical care, and and we didn't care.

That that's what we were going to do, we were going to pray.

NARRATOR: In Salt Lake City, spinal surgeon Mike Schmidt

prepped for a high-risk surgery.

It was a very difficult spinal fracture he had sustained.

This injury is really very dangerous,

and we see almost nobody that's not paralyzed

that comes in with that kind of injury.

The treatment that he has to have

might make him actually worse.

NARRATOR: Dawn continued to pray.

I knew in my soul that this would

take a spiritual healing for Michael to be fully restored.

I definitively, definitively knew that.

NARRATOR: Michael's sister joined

Dawn in prayer with a kind of power Dawn

had not known since becoming a Christian just

a few years earlier.

She was inviting the Holy Spirit to come in there,

and to administer all of the restoration and peace and grace

and healing that God promises us every day.

She just grabbed a hold of it, and brought it

into that room for her brother.

NARRATOR: After several tense hours,

Dawn was told the surgery was successful.

As Michael began his recovery, Dawn

says her faith began to change.

It fundamentally changed the way

that I walk in my relationship with Jesus.

I guess that's like the God of the Bible that you read about,

and that you know is true, and that you believe in,

and that you've surrendered your life to you,

and that you rely on for salvation, became real.

He can do all things, if you just have faith and you ask,

and you believe, and you surrender.

NARRATOR: When he awoke, Michael says a relationship with God

became a priority like never before.

I pressed into him from the minute

I knew what had happened to me.

The result of it for me is, it's brought me so much closer

in my relationship with God.

I've gotten off the throne of my life,

and put Jesus Christ on the throne of my life.

NARRATOR: Over the next several weeks,

his physical healing went beyond what many thought possible.

I find it remarkable how well he's recovered.

It's significant that he's completely healed today,

simply by the fact that he could have been paralyzed

by us trying to fix him.

It truly is a miracle.

I don't know how or why he's walking, he's fully functional,

has no brain damage, has no loss of motor function whatsoever.

NARRATOR: In his book, The Hard Road, Michael

says God used the accident and his recovery

to bring order and peace to his entire life and family.

God can make great things out of very difficult times

if we press into Him, if we lean on Him,

and if we bring him into our situations.

The more I looked at everything surrounding this,

and everything that happened, the more

I saw God's fingerprint all over this.

He's present.

He's real.

He's not changed at all.

He's the same as he was.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

He has not changed, and he is still present in our lives,

and still loves and cares for us.

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