My past few posts have been in regards to Brianna Wheaton – a teen who suffered severe brain damage following complications from a MRSA bacterial infection. Last month, my wife and I streamed a special internet concert to help support Brianna and her family. We called this Gospel and Praise for Brianna. While the broadcast raised some funds through Brianna’s Give Forward site, I believe the concert blessed my wife and I most of all.
I know that there are many who have been praying for Brianna throughout her ordeal. In the past couple of weeks, it appears that those prayers have begun to be answered. Doctors had told her family that she would remain in a vegetative state – that the only part of her brain functioning was that keeping her heart pumping and her lungs breathing. But then Brianna began to laugh.
On April 11th, the following update was posted on Brianna’s Give Forward site:
“A miracle!!! Brianna started laughing and smiling yesterday!!! Although laughing is a brainstem function..Brianna is laughing at jokes and funny faces and especially at stories that everyone else laughs at. Her doctors are amazed!! This is a huge step for her and the only real “breakthrough” since her accident in January!! We are jumping up and down with excitement!!! We have spent the last 2 days finding ways to make Brianna laugh just to see her beautiful smile over and over again!!! Check out the videos and see for yourself what all the prayers and thoughts for Brianna have accomplished!!! She is going to beat this brain injury!!!!”
I hope the link above works – it shows a video of Brianna laughing and responding to her daddy. I can’t watch it without crying…but I am kind of a sap like that.
On April 26th, Brianna was holding her own head up for physical therapy. I believe a miracle is happening. Amazing.
Keep praying for this young girl. If you have not done so, visit her Give Forward site – give what you can and if you cannot give financially, give her a “hug” by leaving a message of encouragement for her family. And follow her progress as this amazing young girl fights to emerge from this injury.
Thank you and God Bless!
Update as of November, 2014: Sadly, Brianna passed away a few weeks after our streaming concert. She was much loved by her family and the community. This blog post will remain for now as an honor to her memory. We will see you in heaven, sweet Brianna.