Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Sunday 18 April |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Maria Anna Blondin
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

Teen Says Prayer Chain Saved Her From What Doctors Said Was Certain Death

Facebook

Aleteia - published on 06/14/13

After falling into a coma, her story was posted on MayFeelings, a website to connect people for prayer

A year ago, 16 year-old Antonia Cabrera suffered a stroke and was expected to die. Today, she can speak, walk with some difficulty and is continuing a recovery that she attributes to prayers across the globe.

On April 28, 2012, Cabrera fell into a coma, and doctors told her family she would likely either die or remain permanently unconscious.

On May 2, her case was publicized on the website MayFeelings.com, a social network designed to unite people throughout the world in prayer. Soon, Cabrera’s story had drawn thousands of people to pledge their prayers, along with hundreds of messages of encouragement.

Two weeks later, Cabrera woke up, surprising doctors and her family. She has been progressing in the recovery process in recent months.

In a video posted this week by May Feelings, Cabrera recounted her story and thanks those who offered prayers for her.

“The doctors said there was no hope that I could live,” she recalled.

“I don't think good luck just falls out of nowhere. There was a reason why I was lucky – it was because many people prayed for me,” she said.

The 16-year-old described her stroke as “the best thing that happened to me” because it taught her many things and introduced her to people that she otherwise may not have met.

She said she is grateful “for all those who have prayed for me, and I can tell you that it was not in vain, because I am here.”

Cabrera also reflected on the progress she has made so far in recovering.

“If they tell me I won't be able to walk, I walk. This is what we have to do in life,” she said. “When they ask me to do ten exercises, I do eleven. We should always do more than what we are asked.”

Everyday activities are still a struggle, she explained, and this allows her to “appreciate each movement more.”

No matter how the rest of the recovery process goes, Cabrera is optimistic about her future.

“Who says you can't be happy with one less leg, one less hand or whatever?”

The creators of the May Feelings website say that Cabrera’s case has become “an extraordinary example of the power of the prayers of many.”

Originally published by Catholic News Agency on June 13th, 2013.

Tags:
FaithMiraclesPrayer
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
SPANISH FLU
Bret Thoman, OFS
What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu of 1918
2
LOREN SCHAUERS
Annalisa Teggi
Amputee from the waist down is thankful every day to be alive
3
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
4
MASS
Philip Kosloski
5 Essential things used at Mass and their symbolism
5
COUPLE
Cerith Gardiner
7 Joys to be had from a lengthy marriage
6
PRAY
Philip Kosloski
Catholic prayers for strength
7
HOLY SEPULCHRE CROSSES
Zelda Caldwell
Mystery of crosses on walls of Church of the Holy Sepulchre may h...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.