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May 3, 2005

Miracles Can Happen

Topics: News

A firefighter that has been in a state of 'severe brain damage' for nearly ten years, came out of it suddenly a few days ago. Donald Herbert, the firefighter was in the state due to three minutes without oxygen.

SOURCE - When Donald Herbert broke 10 years of virtual silence on Saturday and announced that he wanted to speak to his wife, his family and doctors were astonished and bewildered.

Mr. Herbert, 44, a Buffalo firefighter who suffered severe brain damage after being struck by debris in a burning building in 1995, had mustered only "yes" and "no" answers sporadically throughout the years, passing his days in front of a television that he could barely see because his vision was so badly blurred.

I am no doctor, but it seems like this man was in a worse condition of those on feeding tubes (since he was obviously on) - but his family and friends showed great determination by keeping him alive.

After his abrupt awakening on Saturday, family members said, he was resting and slowly reconnecting with friends and relatives. Some friends said he was unable to see them, but could recognize them by their voices.

Posted by Ian at May 3, 2005 10:38 PM

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I am so, so glad for him! I wish so, so much this could have also been Terri. And it could have been, except for the death-mongers, out for their money and power and prestige, and 'clearing of the planet' silliness. I apologize, but grief has several phases, one of which is anger....
But this is great news for Donald and shows what happens when Greers, Crawfords and Feel-less' aren't around to interfere and steal life away.

Posted by: juleni at May 7, 2005 3:21 PM

Off topic, but very important, please keep praying for little baby Charlotte, who has so many who love her! Here is an update:

Over the past week and a half, the editor of the Olive Branch Press (www.theolivebranchpress.org) and I have contacted several doctors in an attempt to get help for Charlotte. There have been ups and downs, that I want to share with you later, but have no time right now: suffice it to say, the editor of Olive Branch Press (OBP) has made contact with a prolife British doctor willing to help Charlotte! This is good news!!


The doctor has told us that the hospital that Charlotte is in must first give PERMISSION for a second opinion to be allowed...can you imagine that? As a result the OBP editor has a call in, overseas, to a British legal expert who works alongside the prolife doctors. We are waiting for this legal expert's response (a woman). PLEASE, PLEASE PRAY that she responds as soon as possible, and that God will guide her as she reviews all the legal considerations in our getting a good, life asserting doctor to give an evaluation or second opinion on Charlotte!

Here is why this is so crucial:


"On the basis of the unanimous medical evidence in this case, the issue in all probability is not whether this baby should live or die but how and when she should die. Charlotte has chronic respiratory and kidney problems coupled with the most profound brain damage that has left her blind, deaf and incapable of voluntary movement or response. It is very highly probable that she will during this winter succumb to a respiratory infection that will prove fatal. That said the unanimous medical evidence also recognises that in this area there is no such thing as certainty of prognosis of survival. "

That first sentence....."not whether this baby should live or die but how and when she should die". DOES THAT NOT SOUND JUST LIKE JUDGE GREER's pronouncement on Terri, "the (judgement) is that she will die" - or words like that?

Also the whole October pronouncement about Charlotte seems so silly now, from this perspective of months later, because she has obviously not gone the way they 'predicted' at all, and is obviously not what they said back then. She sees, hears, responds, smiles, is growing constantly, plays, and is just getting better and better - just like most newbies.

It would seem just something that they said back then, that could be ignored now, except that.....it almost sounds to me like a death sentence. I could just say, oh, well, that was back then, in October, and they just didn't know and look how far she has come now, so they must see that and believe differently now, if it weren't for one thing....

They are not acting like all of her growth, response, thriving, matters at all....

Case in point, today's news, from Joshua of the Friends for Charlotte (by email). (The SaveCharlotte.com website.)....this, DESPITE THE FACT that Charlotte twice the other day was successfully and happily out of her oxygen box for a while, on just a nasal cannula for oxygen and is now only needing 45% oxygen on a continual basis, freeing her up almost to the point that she could go home (she can go home when she is on a nasal cannula, and low % of oxygen need.....and she has already come down from 100% oxygen to only 45% oxygen in just these few months...):

"We found out today that the hospital has decided (no explanation) to
stop giving Charlotte time on the nasal prongs (cannula). She seemed to be doing
so well on them, and be getting ready for coming home, so this was a
great discouragement to us.

Please pray that Charlotte would soon get so well and strong it would
be evident even to those who most don't want to see it. And pray for
us, that we would know how to deal with the hospital. Pray especially
for Darren & Debbie, that they would be encouraged and have strength
to go on.:

>From the www.savecharlotte.com website:

"Two steps forward, one step back

Charlotte is continuing to get stronger, but today there was another
set-back from the hospital. Though she spends most of the time in her
oxygen box, she had been slowly introduced to nasel cannula for the
past few weeks; going up to two hours a day, split up into two

Darren and Debbie loved this new advancement-- she was more alert when
she was on them, and certainly easier to hold and stimulate. But today
they found out the nasal prong machine had been removed, and on
inquiring, that the hospital had decided to stop giving her time on it.
No reason was given, simply "it hadn't been a success".

But why not a success? She did so well on them!

They may mean well, but right now it is difficult to be anything like
If the hospital believes your baby does not deserve to live, will that
affect their decision making?

When will there be any accountablity?"
And from Hannah, of the www.savecharlotte.com website:

"On the positive side, she is doing really well-- in spite of them! and getting stronger. She had her measurements taken yesturday, and she has been gaining a little weight and growing longer.

Pray especially for Darren and Debbie today, because it meant alot to them to have her allowed out of her box and with the nasal cannula..."

So, there are a few prayer requests, here.

1. for Debbie and Darren, Charlotte's parents, to be encouraged and to have strength for the continued fight for their daughter.

2.that Charlotte would soon get so well and strong it would
be evident even to those who most don't want to see it.

3.for Joshua, Hannah, Debbie Darren, the editor of OBP, the legal expert in Britain, the doctor in Britain who is willing to help, that they all may know and have discernment from God as to how to deal with the hospital, in regards to getting that second opinion evaluation done, and as to the hospital withholding the medical records from Charlotte's parents, as they are doing (possibly illegally?....see the savecharlotte.com website's comments for a comment from a British subject regarding this..)

4. for this stronghold of the enemy to be torn down by God, in satan's wanting to take little Charlotte's life.

Finally, if you would be willing, could some people please start writing to the British press contacts which RottyPup gave us last week?? A little spotlighting might be of help to let the hospital be aware that their actions are being watched in regards to Charlotte.



Posted by: juleni at May 7, 2005 3:23 PM