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Clinging to Miracles

Clinging to Miracles

The doctors didn’t think our son would make it through the night. Then the miracles began.


Our precious baby boy Yoel was coming out of preschool, standing by the door. Out of nowhere a driver collapsed at the wheel with his foot stuck on the accelerator. The car jumped the curb, crossed three lawns, and like a missile hitting its target, the car struck my son’s head throwing him back and pinning him in between two cars.

A team of doctors and nurses were working on him in the emergency room; most were sure he would not make it to the intensive care unit. But he did. And we waited by his side praying to God to let our son live.

He sustained significant brain damage and his skull and facial bones were crushed like an egg into a million pieces. The orbit of his eye was crushed with nerve and muscle damage. He had a stroke in the back of his head during the night and his injuries were so severe the doctors didn’t think he would make it through the night. One doctor told me, “It’s now in God’s hands. We’ve done everything medically that we can do. Now we have to wait.”

There was nothing we could do but pray. I was not leaving the hospital until my son was able to leave with me. I held his hand and cried until I had no more tears left to cry. I prayed to God, “You have to bring my son back home the exact same way he left that Tuesday morning. God I expect nothing less!”

And then the miracles began to happen right before our eyes… This video captures Yoel’s story.

July 27, 2013

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Visitor Comments: 24

(22) Sarah Leah, August 2, 2013 3:35 PM


Hashem always listens to our davening! He is always there giving us miracles every moment. Make sure to thank Him this Shabbos for all the things He does for us that we know about and don't know about. All the ways we've been protected and blessed. Baruch Hashem, that Raphel Yoel Ozer ben Chaya Malka is doing well and may Hashem continue to pour out His brachas on his life!

(21) Vickie Pair, August 1, 2013 2:50 PM

God bless you all as the mother of a special child I can tell you that He gives us no more than we can handle and your son is a piece of him that you were given the privilege of bring to this earth. I was told my daughter Esther would never walk nor talk she does it all including having a silver Olympic for Jamaica. Remember With God All Things Are Possible, Yoel will be fine, just the way God intended him to be. Love and shalom

(20) miriamwcohen, August 1, 2013 2:38 PM

miracles happen, often with doctors and nurses helpeing

My son is a Pediatric Emergency Doctor, and told me that kids are amazing, and that is why he went into that field. They do recover from their injuries, more often than adults. Nice for this to occur.

(19) Anonymous, August 1, 2013 10:05 AM

What an inspiring story - I had a lot of tears come to my eyes watching this! May Refael Yoel Ozer Ben Chaya Malka have a Refuah Shlaimah!

(18) A, August 1, 2013 6:12 AM

Thank you!

Thank you for reminding me to cherish my children, as I'm sure you do yours! What a beautiful video! May your gorgeous child have a refuah shelaimah and may there be no more pain and heartache!

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