‘The Hand of God at Work’: Teen With ‘Irreversible’ Brain Injury Recovers Following Prayer

Hale IIWAUKEE, Iowa — An Iowa teen and her parents are crediting the hand of God for saving her life after she suffered an irreversible brain injury and was unplugged from life support with no hope of recovery.

Taylor Hale, now 17, was injured in 2011 after she slid off the hood of a friend’s car. She and another girl were joking around after a football game, and as they didn’t want their friend to leave just yet, they sat on his car. However, as he backed up the vehicle with the two girls sitting on it, Hale fell and hit her head hard on the pavement. She was unresponsive.

Hale was taken to the hospital where she was placed in a medically-induced coma in hopes that it would help her body heal. But her brain began to hemorrhage days later, and doctors found that part of her brain was sinking into her spinal canal.

“That’s when they said, ‘There’s nothing we can do. It’s basically irreversible,’” Hale’s mother Stacy told local television station KCCI.

Therefore, the Hales tearfully prepared to say their goodbyes to their daughter.

But friend Jeff Stickel, a chiropractor, visited the hospital as he felt that God was impressing upon him to adjust the girl. When Hales’ parents stated that they didn’t feel comfortable with it, he asked if he could simply pray with them. They agreed.

Stickel laid hands on the girl’s neck—without adjusting it—and asked the Lord to heal her body.

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Hours later, hospital staff turned off Hale’s life support. But as they did so, they noticed that Hale was trying to take breaths on her own. They reconnected life support and noted throughout the day that her brain activity began to increase. She slowly began waking up and tried to talk.

Everything changed for the Hale family. As the Des Moines register put it, Hale’s parents “went from planning funeral arrangements to thinking about rehab.”

“It was the hand of God at work,” father Chuck told the outlet. “That’s the only thing that can explain it.”

The teen continued to improve and underwent rehabilitation, where she had to slowly relearn how to do many activities that most take for granted: swallowing, talking and walking.

While Hale still struggles with her short term memory, and cannot remember many of the details from her childhood, her life is like that of any other teenager. She has caught up with all of her studies and is set to graduate next Monday.

“God can save people,” Hale told reporters. “I’m always thankful to all the doctors and nurses and therapists who helped me get better, but God did most of the saving.”

The teen plans on attending community college in the fall, where she will study to be an event planner.

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  • Frank

    Jesus is the Savior of the whole world.

  • LeftCoast

    Thank you Jesus for still being our healer. Taylor is proof that HE still heals and restores.

  • Disqusdmnj

    Why doesn’t he just heal everyone then? Why did my friend, a devout Christian, need to see her husband and son perish from injuries sustained in a car crash?

    • Taggart Snyder

      Ah, there’s one in every crowd, isn’t there?

      • Disqusdmnj

        A skeptic? I sure hope so.

      • Bobby Mae

        Is there a problem with his question? I wonder that too. Sorry if questions aren’t allowed.

    • The Last Trump

      Why would He? Death is not the scary end most people think it is.
      “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” 2 Corinthians 5:8.

      Something tells me your devout Christian friend, although initially devastated at her loss HERE, was more than equipped with the “tools” from her Christian faith and rich Christian support group to handle her grief with maturity. And so she enjoys a peace & assurance that her loss here has been her family’s gain THERE. And she knows with all certainty that she will see them again before she knows it!

      Why do some live and others die? Who knows. That’s God’s business.
      But I can tell you that more good has come to this world through the pain and suffering of some who then decided to make a difference for others. There is something transforming in pain and suffering, almost therapeutic, that builds character in us, and strengthens our endurance and maturity.

      However, the odds dictate that 1 out 1 dies. There’s just no escaping THAT reality. Regardless of who experiences healing at one time or another in their lives. So if God chooses to step in to “extend” someone’s time here, there’s probably a good reason. And it’s generally to fulfill HIS purpose.

      It will be interesting to see what that purpose IS for HER life. If only we could observe what HE is up to (where she is concerned) in the years ahead…

      • Roger Peritone

        It would be interesting to see what HER life is like in the years ahead…to see if she truly has had NO ill-effect from this. If she does, then she did not truly recover, not fully.

      • Disqusdmnj


        As should be obvious in my lurking here, offering a Bible quote (or Torah, as I was more familiar with) does absolutely nothing to or for me. It’s one book of many that for the most part has far outlived its relevance in today’s world.

        But I’ll give you this… she was comforted by her beliefs. I don’t know if she *actually* believes she’ll see her son and husband again, but that’s not for me to say or judge. And she’s definitely made the most of the whole situation, working with burn patients (she herself was badly burned in the crash) and expanding her physical therapy knowledge. She’s helped others with her work and her story, and will continue to live a life of service. God or not, belief or not, she did what few would be able to do as nobly in that situation… move forward.

        The idea that our lives, our existence with family and friends, our chance to die peacefully or horribly, would be in the hands of a deity – at the mercy of their whims or “plans” – is an absolutely horrible thought. I could not disagree with you more on that, nor hope that it would ever be true. To think that I as an atheist would be “allowed” to live while the 12 year old son of my friend was “chosen” to die burning to death is a revolting concept that should frighten and horrify everyone. How anyone could so nonchalantly profess that this is an agreeable part of life, essentially lived as a puppet for some absentee master somewhere, is demeaning to our existence.

        But… she has found her purpose. I absolutely agree with you that life is what we make of it. ; )

    • Reason2012

      In my opinion, if it wasn’t for suffering and death, most people wouldn’t even give God a second thought. It’s unfortunately not until things get bad that we get on our knees, get over our pride, and get back to God.

      If suffering and death ends up leading more people to eternal life, then in the correct view of things, suffering and death that takes place in this world saves lives. Christians who “die” are just gone on to eternal life with Christ and we will join them as well someday and our joy will be full.

      And as Jesus says, just like when a woman gives birth after suffering a great deal, she will forget her suffering and her joy will be unspeakable. So will ours.

      “..[Jesus said] Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.”
      John 16:20-22

      We were never promised a life devoid of suffering, which is the lie many false churches teach.

      Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
      1 Peter 4:12-13

      Just like gold that is tried with fire, our faith is made mature many times through suffering.

      That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
      1 Peter 1:7-9

      And in the end when we see our loved ones again, and see Christ, we will forget our suffering.

      Keep our minds and focus on eternity, not on this fallen, corrupted life that passes away like a vapour

      ..For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
      James 4:14

      Hope this helps!

      • Roger Peritone

        What you said…is stupid. Was not “suffering and death” part of the supposed “Curse” after adam and eve ate of the fruit?

        If that is truly what you believe, then I hope you are able to get very close to your god through the suffering that you embrace so much for others!

        • Reason2012

          Yes, and it’s not until things go wrong that people stop forgetting God, seek God, and hence also seek eternal life.

          Life forever, Roger. Don’t throw away eternal life for this temporary, brief life here.

          • Roger Peritone

            Evidence first. All you have is a baseless claim. And an extremely ironic username.

          • Roger Peritone

            Evidence first. Otherwise, it’s just a bill of sale that you’re trying to pass off.

            You write like I already believe in this stuff. Uh, no. You have to convince me that it’s TRUE first!

          • Reason2012

            Is a prosthetic leg evidence of intelligence, Roger? An artificial heart? A brain? Information? Of course it is. To claim the real things which are vastly superior all “just happened”, is willful ignorance.

    • Christina

      @disqusdm:disqus I’m sorry for your friends loss. That is tragic. I accepted Christ as my Savior at 7 years old and at 27 years old He allowed my 18 month old son to die suddenly and unexpectedly. I used to feel the same way initially, that why couldn’t someone else’s miracle be my own, after all, I had spent the last 20 years knowing the Lord. 7 years after my loss, I can have joy for this family that did not have to bury this child. However, I don’t walk through life with under the pretense that I can possibly fathom the symphony of creation being played out before me. I will always miss my son and unfortunately for your friend and myself and believers and unbelievers alike, suffering is part of the human experience on earth. The Bible says the rain falls on the righteous and unrighteous. I find that scripture interesting because rain can be a blessing or a sign of sorrow. Either way, good and bad things happen to good and bad people. God has blessed us with the promise that although the world is fallen, He has set aside a just and righteous place for us that is protected from all the sorrow of this world.

      Take care and keep seeking, I believe God will always meet a true seeker, where they are.

  • Weary Warrior

    Seems the only one not thanked was the chiropractic friend, Jeff Stickel, whose prayers set this miracle in action.

  • The Last Trump

    And the atheists and the Darwinists would have been willing and ready to just let her die before they would EVER consider uttering ONE…SIMPLE…PRAYER just to spite HIM.

    This teenager can now add “having believers in my hospital room” to her list when she’s counting her blessings in thankful prayer before Almighty God again.

    Hey atheistic trolls! Do you strive for healthy living?
    Surround yourself with Christians.
    Good health comes to those who have friends who believe! 🙂

    • Paul Hiett

      Guess your deity must really hate the millions of children who starve to death each year, right?

      • The Last Trump

        “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied.” Luke 6:21.

        Paul, Paul, Paul. So very ignorant about the Lord.
        HE loves them SO MUCH that He’s already PROMISED that they will be with Him in paradise forever and NEVER hunger again.
        And then He stretched out His arms and DIED FOR THEM.

        What have YOU done?

        And then, He commanded WE make disciples of all nations and personally see to it OURSELVES that the poor and the hungry are catered to. So why don’t you take a break from the trolling of Christian websites and donate some of your time and money to the millions of children who starve to death each year, you hypocritical, Christianity bashing troll. Thanks bud. 🙂

        • Paul Hiett

          Yeah, sure pal…a thousand children die today, “Isn’t god great for making them suffer so they can enter heaven?”

          Yet, meanwhile, “thank god he cured this one little girl!”

          By all means Trump, toe the party line.

          • The Last Trump

            God made them suffer, did He?
            Yeah, sure pal.
            Try MAN made them suffer. That’s on us, troll. Not God.
            Trillions of dollars spent on extravagance, war and waste. But WE can’t end world hunger!?
            Interesting how you loons think though. Just blame God for everything.
            Tow the party line, eh.

          • Reason2012

            Precisely. WE are the reasons millions of people die of starvation – if massive prayer were to take place specifically for these people and action taken, I dare say none of them would starve to death.

            If no one prayed for this girl like these people did, she would have died and been another statistic on those not truly prayed for or cared for that died.

            The suffering/death in this world is on us, not on God.

          • Paul Hiett

            You really believe those kids are starving to death because not enough people are praying?

            Maybe if Bibles were replaced with…I don’t know…FOOD AND MEDICINE…maybe not so many of them would die? Maybe if the world put religion on the back burner for a while and addressed the real issues plaguing our species, not so many people would die.

            Not enough praying…just…wow.

          • Reason2012

            I said also “action taken”, which you completely ignored.

          • Dorrie

            Unbelievers always blame God when bad things happen. They refuse to accept the fact that God gave each of us free will. And with that comes the responsibility to use it for the good. Unfortunately, too many use it for evil instead. i.e. ISIS for instance. God isn’t at fault, those who choose evil are.

            Blessings to you!

          • Roger Peritone

            Is not your god the one in charge of the weather? Besides, read your bible. Look at how often biblegod has his “chosen people” kill others, including women and babies.

          • Jeff Benton

            I take it you neglected to read the parts about what those men women and children were doing who were put to death ay…
            Go ahead… Take a chance…. Study the Bible a bit…. What they were doing made what the villains were doing in any of JRR Tolkien’s or even Stephen King’s stories look like kids games…

          • Roger Peritone

            Uh, wait…the CHILDREN were doing stuff? Even the babies? Really?? I’d love to see the evidence of that!

            I am assuming, for the sake of argument, that the adults were “guilty”.

            I don’t think you’ve put too much thought into this.

          • Jeff Benton

            Ahhh, so you haven’t read the Bible… I thought so… Yes, the children too… Imagine if you will, what an 18 ft tall adult would look like… Now imagine how big their “children” were…
            It’s right there in your Bible… Open it up… read a little bit… You will see that the Hebrews were exterminating giants from the land… And yes, those men, women, AND children were doing horrific things… They were not fully human buddy… Some of the fallen angels genetic material made it through the flood in one (or possibly more) of Noahs sons wives…

            It is you who should put some effort in Bible study my friend… I have put plenty of “thought into this” 🙂 🙂 🙂

          • Roger Peritone

            Uh, you do know that in the bible, it’s far more than just the giants (of which there is ZERO) fossil evidence of, that the ancient Isrealie killed, right?

            There was plenty of normal sized people who had their babies killed.

            ex) Joshua 6:1-27

            ex) Deuteronomy 20:16-19. At least in the preceding verses they were allowed to keep some women and kids alive.

            Right…so: Besides more bible study”, YOU may want to do some anthropological studies to see just how many fossil 18-foot tall people have been found!

          • Jeff Benton

            Jos 6:18 And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.

            Not sure what the peeps in Jericho were up to… but obviously they had some pretty bad habits, or items or both…

            Deu 20:18 That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.

            Now, think about what ALL of those peeps were doing… It was some pretty bad stuff I assure you…

            Good to see ya read a little bit though… once you get into it deep enough, you will see what the names of the kingdoms point too…… it gets pretty interesting once you get pass all the pre conceived biases you may or may not have… Of course getting pass all of the thee’s and thou’s is a pretty good feat in itself LOL…

            You dont even need to know Biblical Hebrew or Greek these days… there are plenty of free tools you can use to figure out all kinds of cool stuff about what some of the words actually mean…

            And just be aware all of these peeps here —>

            Deu 20:17 But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee:

            <— Were pretty horrible… At least the Hebrews came in and put them to the sword quickly… All of them used to do horrific things to not only there own men and women, but most certainly to their children too…

            Oh, by the way,

            Gen 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
            Gen 15:19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
            Gen 15:20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
            Gen 15:21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

            Do a little research on all those if you are really interested in these folks… you will see they are all pretty much linked to the pre flood horror, and troubles… These guys make cannibals look tame LOL…

            While you are at it, you might want to look up molech, and baal…

            It gets pretty interesting really quick… At least for me it is interesting…

            So scoff or learn… It doesnt matter one iota to me which direction you take…

            But I am going to have fun looking into all this God stuff… as I have for over 15 years now heavily, and a lot longer than that on a lighter scale…

      • bowie1

        What makes you think that? They may go to a place far better than this earth.

        • Paul Hiett

          But in order to get there, he’s going to make them earn it through horrendous suffering. What a glorious and loving choice of a deity indeed!

          • bowie1

            So, what are YOU going to do for those children then?

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    • MountainDewFan4

      So … let me get this straight. One girl recovers… ONE GIRL and you think that god did it?

      What about all of the others that DIDN’T SURVIVE? Did god say, “Ya know what, I only feel like saving this one girl .. those other 99,999 people, I think I’ll just let them die:.

      Or .. do you think that …. perhaps … that just this 1 time out of 100,000 that the Doctors were WRONG???


  • Gary Metzger

    This is what God can do!

  • MisterPine

    Faith healing stories in this day and age are in very poor taste.

    • Dorrie

      Faith healing stories in this day and age are miraculous inspiration for us believers! God is SO good!!

      • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

        Amen !

      • tyler

        …except that he forgot to save 21,000 people a day who continue to die from starvation. Oops!
        I bet you’ll say that God/Jesus just works in mysterious ways, or that those kids starving were evil or something.

  • sammy13

    More proof of God’s existence and presence in our lives. We see but do not observe; we hear but do not listen; we talk but do not confess.

  • FoJC_Forever

    Physical healing is a provision in the Covenant we have with and through Jesus. Miraculous healing manifests by Faith, the Faith which comes by hearing the Word of God. Not all healing that takes place is a result of Faith and miraculous Power of God. The body can heal itself as well, since God also created our immune system.

    Too few details are given in this account to establish whether it was Faith or natural healing. Whether this girl was healed by the Power of God through Faith or her body repaired itself, it’s great she’s up and about, enjoying her family and friends.

  • Glen Scutt

    Sounds to me that they need more competent doctors at their hospital. In any event, it is obvious that the staff at the hospital screwed up with resulting brain damage based on their ineptitude. Time for the family to get a good lawyer and sue both the hospital and the staff responsible. The attorney undoubtedly would first want a complete set of records for examination by competent medical personnel.
    The Last Trump is simply foolish. Undoubtedly the local hospital was staffed up to the roof with doctors who prayed a great deal….that their malpractice insurance would protect them. What was needed was somebody who knew what they were doing.

  • Laura Holbrook

    I had a pretty bad brain hemorrhage (which was a form of Stroke) 3 yrs ago…. was also under an induced-coma for 2 weeks after brain surgery. Doc told me hemorrhages in general are very difficult to stop… and are more often fatal. Thank God I was home in 1 month after surgery… and 5 months later, once all the surgery meds was completely out of my system and there was a slim chance I’d start having seizures… I was allowed back to work (Land Surveyor for the State of GA). Other blessings involved…… before hemorrhage I was saved, but very selfish… put myself through a lot of pain… was extremely shy and had been depressed for many years. After the hemorrhage I made Jesus my priority… He became my 1st love… my shyness and depression was completely gone! I have tons of joy and count my blessings every day. I also use to wear glasses to focus and read what’s on the chalk board at school, college, work, etc. But after the hemorrhage my sight couldn’t be better…. eye Doc said 20/20 vision. I’ve got a picture of the MRI they took before surgery if you’re curious: go to my fb photos… click on Albums… scroll down to “Many pictures of my brain….”

    • tyler

      I’ll be the one to say thank you to your doctors, since you don’t seem to think they had anything to do with it..

      • Laura Holbrook

        I thanked Dr Cargail Alleyne the day I was able to see him, which was the day I was released from the hospital. And I thank God every day… since I hear from Him through the Holy Spirit every day aaaaaall the time 😀

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  • MountainDewFan4

    I’m glad the girl recovered.

    However, if god is so great and can heal people like this … why doesn’t he do it for everyone? What about the other 99,999 people who DIDN’T recover from brain injuries that year???? I guess your god isn’t powerful enough to heal 100,000 people a year .. he’s only capable of healing just 1?

    One person out of a hundred thousand recovers and suddenly people are saying god is awesome???? Now if 99,999 people lived and only 1 person died…. now THAT would be a miracle!

    PLEASE stop saying that things are miracles, and “The Hand of God” … until this god of yours starts healing EVERYONE!!!!!

  • tyler

    When people pray for the needy who are starving, why do 21,000 people die of starvation every single day? Well I guess you’d just say that God ‘works in mysterious ways’, right?

    This one teen was more important than all of them.

    If she recovered, how was the brain injury ‘irreversible’?

  • tyler

    * something good happens * praise God!

    * something bad happens *
    – it’s the gay people’s fault
    – blame man, not god
    – god just works in ‘mysterious ways’

    • Laura Holbrook

      God made perfection, He made the stars, the plants, everything. He made earth, animals, human beings, etc., PERFECT. Notice everything He made has a purpose… in other words if land disappears there’d be no more land-mammals (except for humans who can design, build, and live in boats and eat fish for the rest of their lives…), if water disappeared we’d all die, if flowers disappear there’s be no more hummingbirds and lots of other animals and insects, And the list goes on and on and on….. everything was made to be in harmony. Adam and Eve… who was not made as robots or slaves, but were given free will to make their own choices… made the 1st mistake… the 1st sin. They had consequences to learn what’s right and what’s wrong… and teach their children what’s right and what’s wrong. We humans ARE the ones that keep screwing things up. God is not our Boss! He is our Father! We made choices… if we know better but don’t care and do whatever the heck we want to… yeah we deal with consequences for sure.

      • tyler

        Everything is ‘perfect’ ? Except when it’s not? And because of sins? Our main light source causes cancer – which will cause you a slow, suffering death. 21000 people die every single day of starvation. Yet you pray for your kids hockey team to win their game .

        • Laura Holbrook

          Everything WAS perfect when it was originally made. I didn’t say it stayed that way. You assume a lot Tyler. I don’t have any children… so I don’t pray about my kids hockey game… or any other “game” for that matter. What I do pray about are actually important…. like people who are starving (I’m sure there’s a lot more than 210000 dealing with that), healing for my mom’s lung cancer (stage 4, she’s started Chemo but doc says there’s no hope for the cure…. only that Chemo will keep more cancer from occurring), all of the alcoholics and drug abusers in my family to stop using a crutch to get through life, people who have so much bitterness and anger in their life that they take it out on others, etc., etc.

        • Laura Holbrook

          Yes I know extreme amounts of ANYTHING makes people extremely sick or
          get cancer… too much sun, too much food, too much alcohol, heck, I’ve
          heard about a guy that was running a lot for training in the military…
          he was drinking way too much water and died. Well Jesus said to do
          things in moderation. And that guy proved it to me… we can’t even
          drink to much water.