An Alabama family prepared for the worst when doctors told them several times that their teenage daughter might never recover from her brain injuries.
WAFF News reports the teen, Ragan Morris, 14, defied all predictions and made a miraculous recovery this summer. This month, she is headed back to school for her 10th grade year – a milestone that her parents thought she might never see.
The Florence, Alabama teen sustained major brain injuries in a jet ski accident on Memorial Day, according to the report.
“Ninety percent of the people that have Ragan’s injury never make it to the hospital,” her mother told the news station. “Her brain had been shifted and torn, and at the time when you hear something like that you don’t understand what that means and you say it can’t be right.”
But her parents refused to give up hope. Ragan’s mother said she recited a Bible verse to her daughter on each of the 80 days she spent in the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and we said it over and over and over and over,” she said.
Here’s more from the report:
Her mom says the real breakthrough came when she started hyperbaric oxygen treatments which enhance the body’s natural healing process by breathing in 100 percent oxygen.
“I turn around to her and she was singing… she hasn’t been verbal and she is singing and I say, are you singing Beyoncé and she said yeah, I said alright!”
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After 60 hyperbaric oxygen treatments, Ragan is ready and eager to walk into school and determined to do it unassisted.
Because of the severity of the injury, the young teen has had to re-learn how to walk, eat, speak and write, but her family said she is determined to succeed.
“I think I’ll just say it big: Hallelujah!” her mother said. “I mean it is huge, it is not just the first day of 10th grade.”
Her miraculous recovery comes at a time when some doctors seem to give up too quickly on patients. Cases involving children with brain damage, such as Charlie Gard and Jahi McMath, have gained international attention after their parents and doctors disagreed about treatment and the removal of life support.
Every case and every child’s situation is different, and some children’s conditions are terminal. But these stories are an important reminder that patients can beat the odds, and every life deserves a chance.