When I was twenty-one I was involved in a near-fatal automobile...

When I was twenty-one I was involved in a near-fatal automobile accident. Doctors advised my parents to get to the emergency room as quickly as possible if they wished to see their daughter alive. I had a broken left femur and nose, and other severe facial injuries. They operated on me immediately to set the bones. I was given the option of having a pin put in my leg and going home in a cast, where my mother would have to be on duty all day and all night to attend to my needs, or staying in the hospital for practical care. I chose the latter option. The doctors agreed to my request not to have any medication, but to rely on Christian Science. My leg was put in a type of traction that did not require a cast, and I was moved to an intensive care unit because my vital signs were required to be monitored every fifteen minutes. The Christian Science practitioner my mother had contacted following the call from the hospital continued to pray with and for me.

Doctors believed that my leg, when mended, would be approximately three inches shorter than the other. They said the facial injuries were so severe that they expected the right side of my face would collapse because bone was missing. During my stay one of the doctors brought a group of interns into my room to discuss in detail how and why this collapse would come about. It was also predicted I would never be able to breathe through my nose again or have any sense of smell.

June 12, 1995

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