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A Miraculous End to a Deadly 25-Foot Fall

Doctors were skeptical that Seth would make a full recovery if he survived the trauma of his 25-foot fall. Seth’s family held out hope for a miracle. Read Transcript

- [Narrator] It had been anunusually warm February day

in Grand Rapids, Michigan,when Nate Wabanga

and some friends wentskateboarding downtown.

- Before I knew it, Seth waslike, hey, I'm gonna climb

on top of this building, andthen another one of my friends,

Hunter, also was like, hey,I'll go up there with ya.

- [Narrator] Seth Elferoand another friend wanted

to catch the sunset.

But when they got to the top,Seth decided to jump down

to the adjacent building, anabandoned, empty auto shop.

- And before you knewit, we heard like a bang,

and Hunter was screamin'at the top of his lungs.

- [Hunter] "This dudeliterally jumped off there

"and is down 14 feet.

"Dude, Seth, are you alright?"

- [Narrator] Nate and theothers broke into the shop

to find Seth lying on the floor,

unconscious and fighting for breath.

- [Hunter] Jumped the roof,literally fell 14 feet.

- We knew it was very serious.

There was the thought thatlike he might not make it.

- [Narrator] They callednine one one, and Seth was

taken to Spectrum HealthCenter in critical condition.

Soon after, his parents,Christopher and Christine,

were met by a policeofficer at their home.

- Then the first thingshe said was, "Seth Elfero

"had a bad accident."

And my first thought was that he is dead.

- [Narrator] They rushed tothe ER where a trauma doctor

told them what happened.

- He told us that he hadfallen about 25 feet,

and that he had bleeding in the brain.

They had already done a CT scan.

They hadn't been able toget any response from him.

I said, could he die from this?

And he said, "Yes, he could."

- [Narrator] Doctors alsosaid that if he did survive,

the odds were against a full recovery.

Seth was sedated andput in a cold, dark room

to try to reduce theswelling on the brain.

- They said there's nothing we can do

for the damage that's done from the fall.

They said, "Our job now isto keep the swelling down,

"to keep him alive."

And I just put my headdown and I said, Lord,

you gotta help me, I can't do this.

- That's all we did was pray, non-stop.

I mean, non-stop.

If I paced the room, it was just prayers,

after prayers, after prayers.

- [Narrator] Over the nextseveral days, Christine's sister

kept friends and familyupdated on Facebook.

- I like to think of itas this wave of faith

that just held us up, andit was like immediately,

everybody jumped on a miracle.

- It was some of thoseposts, some of those prayers,

you didn't feel like you were alone.

You just felt like youwere surrounded by prayer.

- [Narrator] Eventually,doctors felt Seth would survive.

Now the family prayed for a full recovery.

- I did worry for sure about what--

- What kind of life he would have.

- What kind of life he'll have.

How much of Seth--

will we ever really see Seth again?

- I know.

- [Narrator] A week later,the swelling had gone down

enough for doctors to do an MRI.

The results showedextensive brain shearing.

- We heard shearing, that's all I heard.

He didn't say anything else I knew.

Okay, now we're looking atthe worst case scenario.

- [Narrator] Dr. Sam Ho explains.

- Well, shearing is almostlike your sandpaper, you shear.

So like the brain torsion is so and so,

the mental function is not gonna be good.

You're affecting the speech.

You're affecting the processing.

People with this type ofpicture generally don't do well.

- [Narrator] Doctors toldChris and Christine they should

start looking at long-termcare facilities for their son.

Still, the family continuedasking God for a miracle.

- We're not a people of despair.

And so it was important tous, as a family, to just rest

in what, you know, allthings work for the good

for those who love and servehim, and called to his plan.

That was the mentality.

- [Narrator] Doctors startedbringing Seth out of sedation,

looking for any signs of healing.

- First began with him havingslits, you know, just barely,

you know, he'd open his eyes.

We're like, hey, Seth, how are you doing?

And then he'd close his eyes.

- [Narrator] As each daypassed, they brought with them

new signs of hope.

- He was reaching for someof us, like his nephews.

He put his arm around him.

He, when I was sitting on his bed,

he grabbed me and hugged meand that was like amazing.

- [Narrator] After twoweeks, Seth was transferred

to the Mary Free Bed Rehab Center.

His progress was so rapid,his doctors couldn't keep up.

- The physical therapistwas like, I don't even know

how to plan for him.

Like, I'll see him one day,make a plan for the next day.

I get there the next day,he's already past it.

- To be able to recoverin such a fast pace itself

is already amazing.

But to the extent of how he recover,

and the rate that herecover, is incredible.

- [Narrator] On March 30,2017, only six and a half weeks

after his accident, Seth walkedup the steps to his home,

on his way to a full recovery.

- They expected me to be at Mary Free Bed,

or the rehabilitation center,for 10 weeks at least,

and then go on to assisted care living.

And I left in four weeks and was jogging

out of the hospital.

Prayer does so muchmore than like you could

ever even imagine.

I just thank God everyday, like, oh my goodness,

like thank you, you know.

- [Narrator] Today, Sethhas no residual issues

from the fall.

Only a renewed faith inthe One who saved him.

- God knew when he healedSeth, he was also answering

hundreds of thousands of people's prayers,

because he knew then whatwould come of it later,

and how many people hecould reach through It.

And that's amazing.

- That was the other part of the miracle,

was the body of believerssurrounding a hurting family,

and surrounding us with prayersto get us through this time,

and you know, that's thething I'm thankful for.

- God, like, is a miracle.

I just keep saying likeI'm so blessed, but like,

it was nothing I did.

It was all God.

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