Miracle Or Mystery? Seven Year Old’s Survival Story Could Be Both
Published: June 9, 2006 | 4331st good news item since 2003
Doctors at SSM-Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center have a mystery on their hands, but they’ll take this kind of mystery any day.
Heather Chandler was like any other active, bright 7-year-old, with a love for school and animals, until last February, when she came home with a headache.
“The next thing I knew, she was vomiting,” recalls her mother, Debbie Chandler. “I called 911 and had the rescue squad there.”
Bleeding in her brain stem left her lifeless. Doctors say it was not an aneurysm or a stroke. She required no brain surgery. They admit they’re baffled.
“We don’t know what caused the bleed,” said Dr. Adrienne Tilbor.
Nor can doctors explain what is happening now. Heather is improving. Heather was not expected to live, let alone move her arms and legs or talk, but she is doing those things.
When she’s not in therapy, Heather is also getting strong enough to take part in field trips. Also against the odds is her amazing alertness, shown by her facial expressions.
While doctors continue to investigate her case, Heather’s mother offers this explanation: “We had a lot of people praying for her, a lot of people.”
Heather is from Bonne Terre, Missouri. Doctors hope to remove her breathing device soon.