(WXYZ) - Four weeks ago, Meghan Warren was busy getting ready for her and Patrick Neeme’s wedding, when she fell ill. She ended up in the hospital with gallbladder pain. Doctors gave her pain medication, and she went to sleep.
Suddenly, the Shelby Township woman stopped breathing due to a sleep apnea episode. A short time later her heart stopped beating.
Doctors worked desperately to save her. As the minutes went by, they knew her chances were slim. She was dead for 19 minutes, when suddenly her heart started beating again.
It was a miracle, but Meghan needed more miracles.
“The doctors, they’re talking about brain damage, maybe she wouldn’t survive,” said Meghan’s dad Dave Warren.
“We were shocked. She’s 29-years-old,” said Meghan’s mom Debbie Warren. “To have a heart event like that is not something in our thinking process.”
The doctors asked Dave and Debbie for permission to try a treatment that could prevent brain damage. They wanted to pile ice on top of her, and lower her body temperature.
When explained the odds, the Warrens went for it.
“It was so frightening to see her like that. It got to the point where you had to walk out of the room,” said Dave.
He asked his church for prayers. Word spread. Soon people all over the country were praying for his daughter.
Meghan says she felt God answer those prayers as she lay in critical condition.
“I did have a near-death experience. I thought I was in Hawaii. My parents were there, and I could see them. I was dressed in white in a hospital bed,” said Meghan. “I could feel my brother and Patrick there. I think it was all divine intervention - God putting me in a place where I was warm, not scared, and very calm.”
Meghan woke up from that experience with no brain damage. Now, just weeks later she has healed enough that she was able to walk down the aisle at St. Mary Queen of Creation Church in New Baltimore on schedule and marry the man of her dreams on Saturday, August 10.
“I am happier now. I know what is important,” said Meghan.
She says she hopes after hearing her story, you come to believe in miracles.
Meghan is a part-time substitute teacher and does not have health insurance. Her family has set up a fund to help her with medical bills. You can learn more by clicking here.
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