After a massive stroke, doctors didnâ€™t know if Stephen would ever wake from his coma. Stephenâ€™s wife and family didnâ€™t stop praying until the miraculous happened, 6 weeks later.
- [Narrator] Easter morning 2009,
the worship team at Family Life Church
in Newburg, Oregon wasdoing a last run through
before the service.
53 year old worshipleader and guitar player,
Stephen Anderson, saidhe wasn't feeling well.
His wife, Kathy, was in the choir.
- He asked the choir pray forme, something's not right,
I have a headache.
So I thought well that's kinda strange.
So we prayed for him, and thenI noticed as he was sitting
there he started to kind of wobbling
and he was trying to play his guitar,
and his fingers weren'tdoing what they should.
(light dramatic music)
- [Narrator] Then momentslater, Stephen collapsed.
Someone called 911 as Kathyand others ran to his side.
- [Kathy] Shock, you knowshock, so I started praying.
- [Narrator] By the timethe rescue squad arrived,
Stephen was drifting inand out of consciousness.
- The ambulance guysturned to me and they said
okay, we're gonna get him in right away.
He's had a stroke.
- [Narrator] They tookhim to Providence Newberg
Medical Center where hewas put on life support.
Kathy along with the pastor'swife arrived moments later.
Not only had Stephensuffered a massive stroke,
spinal fluid was leaking into his skull
adding pressure to his brain.
It was a deadly combination.
- The doctor came out and hesaid this isn't gonna be easy
for you I know, but I gotta tell you
he's probably not gonna makeit within the next 12 hours.
Not hardly anybody makesit in a stroke like this,
he's had the worst strokeyou could ever have.
I talked to the Lord and Isaid not another one Lord,
this can't happen.
- [Narrator] Years before,
Kathy had lost herfirst husband to cancer.
- So I knew this was not the time to fear,
but to put my trust in God.
So I had to take authority right away
and I just walked up and down the hall
and I started speaking the word of God,
and I said no, Steve you willlive and you will not die.
- [Narrator] Stephenwas stabilized and taken
to St. Vincent MedicalCenter in nearby Portland.
There doctors inserteda shunt to help drain
the spinal fluid off his brain.
Kathy was told the firsthours were critical,
but the odds were not in his favor.
- Another doctor came inand said we just don't know
if he's gonna make it or not.
And so we don't wannagive you any false hope.
- [Narrator] Back at church people prayed
as friends and familygathered at the hospital.
- We would all grab hands and pray,
and there was like almosta hundred of us out there.
It was just unbelievable.
And then we would comeagainst every negative thing
that they would tellus, and we'd said okay,
these are the facts, we hear the facts,
we hear what they're saying
but we're gonna hang ontoGod's word because it's truth.
- [Narrator] After 24 hoursStephen was still alive
but in a coma.
Doctors told Kathy theydidn't know whether or not
he would ever wake up.
Even if he did, he'dlikely need nursing care
for the rest of his life.
- They said they didn'tgive him much hope at all.
But one doctor came inand he says you know,
we never say never until the end.
And he said we're gonna keep believing
and we're gonna justkeep doing what we can do
to see if he comes out of this.
- [Narrator] Kathy wouldhave to cling to that hope.
- I didn't have any fearof him being paralyzed
or never being able totalk again or whatever,
I guess God just gave me that faith
to just keep believing.
- [Narrator] Kathy rarelyleft her husband's side,
playing recordedscripture and praise music
around the clock.
Then finally after six weeks,Stephen began to show signs
that he was conscious.
- I wasn't gonna let the devilsteal this husband from me.
And whatever it took, I meanit was pretty important to me.
You know, so I just knewthat I had to be strong
and had to be strong for him,
and he'd take my hand and squeeze it
and I'd squeeze it back.
- [Narrator] Stephenbegan showing more signs
of awareness, speakingand answering questions.
Kathy remembers one morning when a nurse
came into his room.
- And he said I want you toknow that this is a miracle.
He should not be here right now.
And I go I know, I know,this is totally God.
- [Narrator] Stephen wouldspend another six weeks
in rehab before he finally went home.
- The next memory that I know is mine
and not just a photograph, is checking out
of the last hospital.
- [Narrator] It tookover a year but Stephen
completely recovered from his stroke.
Today he's back to leading worship
and playing his guitar.
(light guitar music)
- And even though it wasa miracle that he's alive
and doing as well as he is today,
it was a process, I callit a healing miracle.
It didn't just happen overnight.
- I was checked out, I was gone.
And it was simply God who lifted me.
Not only did the stroke occurin an atmosphere of praise,
but I was surrounded bythat praise and worship
during recovery with thepeople that were coming
to the hospital and Ibelieve God has honored that
because he was glorified evenin the midst of all this.
- And I think some people, they give up
and they think oh it's taking too long
and they listen to the doctorsand they don't see it through
with just no, come on, let's persevere.
Let's just keep praying,let's resist the devil,
let's go, let's take care of this.
And let God raise him upto be a mighty miracle.