In February, 1948, I was piloting...

In February, 1948, I was piloting an aircraft which crashed. My copilot was killed, and I sustained multiple serious injuries from which I was not expected to live. I was taken to hospital, where the orthopedic surgeon carried out an arduous operation, lasting approximately five hours. The medical report was to the effect that I had twelve compound fractures, affecting both legs, my right arm, and my head. As a result, it was said that I should be unable to walk for at least two years.

At that time I knew nothing of Christian Science. I spent many months in great pain and despair. After seven operations and five months in bed I was put on my feet to ascertain whether one of the bones, which had been broken in three places, would take the strain of my standing erect. X-ray photographs were taken, and the surgeon informed me shortly afterwards that the bone had given way and that it would be a year or more before I could walk and several months before another test could be made. My reaction was one of great distress, since I had always been very active, having served during the Second World War as a parachutist, as well as a pilot in a fighter and bomber command.

The next day a friend came to see me. He spoke of Christian Science and the help I would gain therefrom. He left me a copy of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, which I started to read. The following day my friend called again to tell me that he had asked a friend of his to come and see me. I did not know that the friend was a practitioner; but from the moment of my asking him to treat me in Christian Science my healing was assured. I progressed beyond all hopes of the doctors and nurses, and by the time I had finished reading the textbook I had almost recovered.

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Testimony of Healing
Thoroughly discouraged because...
November 1, 1952

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