A reporter says, “The boy seated in back was severely injured but may be able to communicate enough to help explain what happened.”
July 1st 1999. Newport news, Virginia. A drunk driver crosses over the median and slams into a car of teenagers at 80-miles per hour. There is one survivor.
Meanwhile, Dyan Gurley is struggling to sleep because she felt a prompting from God.
Dyan says, “I just saw the one word ‘accident.’ I felt that it was somebody that was very close to me.”
Moments later, Dyan gets a call from riverside hospital. Her 18-year-old son J.R. was in a tragic accident.
“I was in shock. I was numb. I mean, it didn’t seem real. “
Dyan arrived at the E.R. just as her son was regaining consciousness.
She says, “I could only read his eyes, because his face was so disfigured. He was saying, ‘momma, am I going to die?’”
J.R. remembers, “She said ‘baby, you’re not going to die. God said that you’re going to live and declare the work of the Lord.’”
J.R. had a host of injuries including brain swelling, a shattered jawbone, and a crushed left hand.
He says, “They said he may not make it through the night. I could not believe that these words were coming to me that was being said to me. I was saying on the inside, ‘Lord, save my child. Don’t let him die.’”
Word quickly spread and people from their church and community began showing up to pray.
Dyan remembers, “They were just huddled around saying you know ‘he’s not going to die. God’s not going to take him’ and they were praying.”
J.R. made it through the night. The next morning, he went through 8 hours of surgery. Doctors said J.R. would live, but his future wasn’t hopeful.
J.R. recalls, “I would definitely have some brain damage. I would never be able to regain the use of my hand. That I would have trouble speaking and I would probably have to have someone aid me or help me for the rest of my life.”
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Jarrod Anderson, The 700 Club