If you have never believed that God works in miraculous ways, then think again.
By now you’ve all heard of the horrific shooting spree at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado last Friday, where 12 people were cold bloodedly murdered and 58 others wounded. Hopefully, you’ve read or heard the reports of how three different young men sacrificed their lives to save their girlfriends, or of the pregnant mother shot in the abdomen who, along with her unborn baby will survive the shooting.
But if you want a real miracle story from Aurora, that would have to be the 22 year old violinist named Petra (Pay-tra) Anderson. Two of Petra’s friends have been biking across the country and Petra met up with them in Aurora to go see the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises.
When James Holmes entered the theater and started shooting, Petra was hit by shotguns pellets. Three of the pellets hit her in the arm and the fourth hit her nose and pierced its way through her brain. By the time the ambulance got her to the hospital, the doctors had very little hope for her recovery. They said that the path of the pellet went straight through vital areas of her brain that could affect motor, speech and cognitive skills, but they were going to do whatever they could to save her life. The doctors said that they planned to remove any bone fragments, clean the wound to stop any infection and then close it all up and hope for the best.
Her family gathered at the hospital where they anxiously awaited for five hours before hearing the news from the surgeons. As friends and family came and went, they prayed and prayed for Petra’s recovery. When the doctor finally appeared, he told them:
“It went well, and she’s recovering now. We found very little damage to the brain, and got the bullet out cleanly. It went better than we hoped for. Something might still go wrong. We just need to wait and see if she makes it for the next 48 hours.”
Then they explained that once they opened Petra’s skull and looked at the damage, they realized that Petra had an unusual birth defect in her brain. It seems she had a fairly small fluid filled channel that ran through her brain that no one was aware of prior to the shooting. The channel started in the front of the brain right behind the nose and traversed through the vital areas of her brain to the back of her head. The shotgun pellet entered her skull at precisely the same location as the fluid filled channel, where it followed the channel through to the back of her head. As far as the surgeons could determine, there was virtually no damage done to her brain. Had the buckshot entered her skull only a millimeter over in any direction, it would have torn through the vital areas of her brain, leaving Petra dead or severely impaired.
As Petra’s pastor, Brad Strait said:
“In Christianity we call it prevenient grace: God working ahead of time for a particular event in the future. It’s just like the God I follow to plan the route of a bullet through a brain long before Batman ever rises. Twenty-two years before.”
While the doctor was talking with Petra’s family, she opened her eyes, sat up in bed and started talking to everyone. She is up walking and talking as if nothing had happened, except for the pain from her arm and her head. Petra still faces some reconstructive surgery on her face, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Though the news of Petra’s miracle brings smiles to everyone’s face, the family is still facing a tragedy that needs our prayers. Her mother, Kim is in the final stages of terminal cancer. She is undergoing chemotherapy to prolong her life as long as possible, but the final prognosis is not good. Please keep the entire Anderson family in your prayers at this time. Praise God for Petra’s miracle brain defect and pray for comfort for Kim and the rest of the family as she nears the time to be with her Lord and Savior.