On Sunday morning May 30, 2004 at three o’clock,
the shrill ringing of the telephone awakened a grandmother from a deep
sleep. The voice on the line asked. “Do you know a young man by the name
of Eric Webb?” Cold chills over took the grandmother. She immediately sensed
that something was very wrong. In a shaky voice she replied, “Yes, he is
my grandson, has something happened?” He has been in a very
bad accident and you need to go to the local hospital immediately.” No
more information was given...
She quickly began to dress while praying that
her grandson would not be hurt too severely. Eric’s grandfather had heard
the phone conversation and was up and preparing to leave for the hospital
as well. In a very short time, they were on their way.
Within less than a mile from their home, they
saw the ambulance and police car lights flashing in the darkness. A policeman
on the scene directed them to detour around the accident and provided them
with some information. There was just Eric’s vehicle involved and no one
else was hurt. He also said their grandson was at the hospital and
a helicopter had been called to air lift him to a larger hospital in Missouri.
due to the extent of his injuries.
Upon arriving at the local hospital, they were
met by a nurse who escorted them to a small waiting room. She said, “The
helicopter is here and the doctor is preparing him for transport, then
he will be in to talk with you.” The grandmother called some friends and
they arrived at the hospital soon thereafter. They waited with the
grandparents in silence but joined them in prayer that God would spare
their grandson’s life. They had lost his mother (their daughter) in 1997.
Within minutes, the door opened and the doctor entered. He introduced himself
and with a handshake began telling them the sad and horrifying extent of
Eric’s critical injuries.
“We don’t hold out much hope that he will live”
was the statement that rang in the ears of the grandparents for several
hours. The doctor continued with his explanation in a very concerned voice.
Your grandson has multiple broken bones, his brain is bleeding, both lungs
have collapsed, and his face is severely damaged. If by some miracle he
survives he will need a complete reconstruction of his face. He is on his
way to St. John’s hospital in Springfield. Missouri. He said there is one
slight ray of hope; he was fighting us when he was brought in. He is sedated
now and on life support for the trip in the helicopter.
As this was a Sunday Morning, there would be many
Prayers going upward for Eric.
The friends said they would call everyone
to request Prayer at their respective Churches. They would also contact
their Pastor and would have a special Prayer for him during the morning
The grandparents went home and quickly packed
an overnight bag, called some out of state relatives to give them the bad
news and asked for Prayer. Also a prayer Request was sent on the internet
to a world wide Prayer group.
Then they were on their way to the hospital where
Eric had been flown. By this time, the sun was rising in the Eastern Sky
and a beautiful Lord’s Day was beginning. As they traveled the seventy
miles from Harrison, Arkansas the grandparents were in constant prayer
and asked for strength to face the days ahead. They both knew that it would
be a miracle for Eric to recover but they also knew that “All things are
possible through Christ who gives us strength.”
Upon arriving at the hospital, they went quickly
to the Trauma Emergency Room and were told by the receptionist that Eric
was in the Trauma ICU. Instructions were to go there and inquires could
be made via the telephone beside the door of the ICU.
The grandmother picked up the phone and a nurse
asked, “May I help you? “I am Eric Webb’s grandmother and we have
just arrived.” She was very kind and with concern in her voice said,
“We have just gotten him from the ER and I am in the process of cleaning
him up a bit; just have a seat in the waiting room and I will talk with
The grandparents continued in silent prayer until
the nurse came in. She dropped down on her knees in front of them and confirmed
what the local doctor had said earlier. When asked what the prognosis was
at this time, she explained; “He is in serious condition but he should
live and as to what extent of damage, we’ll have to wait and see.” She
then asked if we wanted to see him for a few minutes. He was in an induced
coma and continued to be on life support.
The grandmother was somewhat prepared as her sister
was in a similar condition from brain surgery in December. As they entered
the ICU, Eric was motionless and of course all the tubes (One in
each side draining fluid from his lungs, one in his head to drain blood
from his brain and all the other tubes, wires, etc required for the
machines that were connected to him). His face was not disfigured
as much as they were prepared for. He had a broken nose, stitches in his
right eye lid and several small cuts and bruises on his face. Eric’s grandfather
was overcome and began to weep silently as the grandmother prayed over
him asking for a healing miracle and for the flow of blood from his
brain to stop. They were only allowed to stay for a very few minutes
and was told the time of the next visiting hours.
There was tornado warnings in the area within
an hour or so following the visit and all visitors were asked to take refugee
in the basement of the hospital. While there the friends that were with
the grandparents in the early morning hours arrived and were asked to join
them in the hospital basement. They were welcomed and supportive in giving
a report of the abundance of prayers in all the local churches for Eric.
The storm passed by without spawning a tornado
and all hospital visitors were allowed to return to the patient rooms or
to the waiting room. Before the next visiting time (Every four hours) the
Pastor and his wife were there and several of Eric’s friends.
The grandparents gave up some of their time
with Eric so that all who wanted could see him and say a prayer for him.
There were many Prayers for healing said for him that day..
Hospitality rooms were provided for a minimal
fee. Through the help of Eric’s nurse the grandparents made reservations
for the coming nights as they wanted to be near their grandson.
After the last visit with Eric that night they
retired to their room. They were still much in prayer but had a more positive
feeling that their grandson would make it. They had a fairly good night
and were up early the next morning. They had time to get something to eat
before the first visiting time of the day.
The next two days were pretty much the same with
little or no change in Eric. Lots of friends and relatives came to visit
and Prayers were continually said on his behalf. The last visit on
Tuesday night, Eric was awake and could answer some questions. He was coming
out of the induced coma and his color was improving. The grandparents visited
the length of the time allowed before going to the room for the night.
At approximately 11:00 P M, the telephone rang. The grandmother answered
and a male voice said I am from the ICU, there is “Nothing wrong.” Eric
doesn’t remember you being in to see him tonight. He would like to see
They wasted no time in getting dressed and down
to ICU. The life support had been removed and he was breathing on his own.
The nurse stated, “He is doing well and is responding. The tubes that I
didn’t remove, he did. The grandparents spent about thirty minutes
with him and when he complained of pain, he was given medication to make
him comfortable. When he was relaxed and going to sleep, they slipped out
and went to the room for a peaceful and thankful night.
Eric continued to improve and was taken
from ICU to a regular room on Wednesday. He still had the draining tubes
in his lungs and the one in his head but the fluid was slowing down as
well as the blood from his brain. In the meantime, a plastic surgeon was
planning to set his broken nose as it was somewhat crushed and needed to
be straightened. The cuts and bruises on his face were healing rapidly.
There was a noticeable healing power taking place within Eric’s broken
body. He had broken ribs and both collar bones were broken with one shoulder
Within the following two days all the tubes were
removed and he was able to be sitting up in a chair. The surgery on his
nose was completed without incident except he had a reaction to the anesthesia
and was disoriented for most of the night following the surgery.
The next day he was able to be up in a wheel
chair and be moving around in the hospital, even had a short stay outside
in the sunshine.
Eric was well enough to come home exactly one
week and a day from the date of his accident. The doctors were not sure
just how long it would be until all the broken bones were healed but they
seemed certain he would never have full use of his right arm due to the
shoulder injury. The grandparents never lost faith and continued
to pray for complete healing.
The follow-up visit to the doctors was remarkable
with everything showing much improvement and healing better than expected.
There was no time frame given as to when he would return to work, but within
six weeks Eric had gone back to work. There are no noticeable scares on
his face. No one would ever know his nose was broken. The doctors may not
admit a Miracle but the grandparents and Eric know better. His team of
doctors was wonderful but divine intervention was the ingredient that Made
Eric whole again. Eric’s family will always believe a Miracle is why he
is alive today.
Eric is now a handsome young man with no ill
effects from this terrible accident.