If he did that he would be a vegetable for the rest of his life," he told Fox News. The attending paediatric critical care physician, Dr. Jeremy Garrett, who is also a world-renowned hypothermia and drowning expert, determined that if John did survive, he would be so neurologically impaired that he would never be able to regain any normalcy to his life.
Sixteen days later John proved them all wrong as he walked out of Cardinal Glennon completely healed - with no trace of neurological or physical damage other than scars on his body from trying to escape from the icy water. His case stunned doctors and medical experts and led to his family to credit his full recovery to the power of prayer. Joyce and author Ginger Kolbaba wrote about their experience in the book The Impossible, which was adapted for the new movie and re-released with the title Breakthrough.
Even in the darkest, scariest moments, we can have a hope. Something our world desperately needs more of. And to know this is a real-life story makes it that much more powerful. The teen wasn't a Christian before the incident, though his adopted family were deeply religious, but says he is now. He plans to attend a Christian college, carrying on coaching youth basketball and live as normal a life as a teen can. Joyce has already seen the movie and is pleased with the adaptation and warns "bring your Kleenexes. Video Loading Video Unavailable.
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