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October 19, 2013

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After a few days, her condition was getting worse. “They had tried several things but she just wasn’t getting any better,” said Dave.

Megan’s best shot was to be put in a RotoPron bed. The bed, which was brought to the Evansville hospital from a facility in Kentucky, rotates patients and helps prevent lung damage from ventilators.

“Part of the reason she was in the bed was also to keep her lungs going,” said her mother. “Her lungs were like concrete.”

All her family could see of her was her auburn hair poking out from the top of the machine.

Four days later, after watching Megan, who was in a medically induced coma, spin 24/7 in the bed, doctors called her family in.

“The doctor wanted to talk the family,” said Dave. “He told us they had done all they could do for her and that she probably wouldn’t make it until the next Friday.”

The family needed a miracle. “We prayed. We prayed all the time that God would spare her because she had little ones to take care of,” said Pat.

Surprisingly, when that Friday came around, Megan was still hanging on. Her family kept praying and after 27 days, the doctors were shocked she was still with them.

“They just couldn’t believe she was still with us,” said Glenda. “It was a miracle.”

Megan’s family said that every time the hospital staff had to put in a new tube, they were afraid of the possibility of doing more harm than good. “They were afraid, because they had to be so careful with her, that she wouldn’t make it through the procedures, “ said Pat.

On that 27th day, doctors decided to slowly try to bring Megan out of her coma. “They were really concerned with keeping her calm and the doctors just really weren’t sure how she was going to be after coming out of the coma,” said Dave.

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