Return From Death’s Door: How God Brought Connie Davis Back to Life

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Return From Death’s Door: How God Brought Connie Davis Back to Life

By Ken Hulme and Kristi Watts
The 700 Club

CBN.com“I looked down on her and her eyes were open and looking at me, but they were not looking. Quite frankly, I was looking at a dead person,” relates Joyce Langston, an intensive care nurse.

Paramedics had brought Connie Davis to the emergency room at the River Regional Medical Center about two hours earlier. There, doctors discovered that she had suffered a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot that hit her lung. The trauma from that clot left Connie without blood pressure or pulse, causing her to code.

“A code is just a term that we use to try to bring someone back, try to revive them,” Joyce says.

Dr J.R. “Bob” Ford, Connie’s attending physician, recalls the details of that day.

“They got her to the emergency room and instituted CPR,” he recalls. “For two hours they continued that CPR. We had a heart doctor, a lung doctor, and different doctors coming in and different people doing the code as we went along. Basically, we never were able to get back a blood pressure, pulse, or any objective evidence that she was breathing or alive.”

That’s when Joyce got the call to bring one of the strongest blood pressure medicines to the ER—a medicine of last resort.

Dr. Ford and Joyce Langston“They had not been able to get any pulses, any significant pulses. They had not gotten any blood pressure. She wasn’t responding to any of the medicines,” Joyce explains.

“I think Connie had the best medical care that you could possibly get,” says Dr. Ford. “We went to extreme measures on everything.”

Their last official step, in medical terms, was to call the code, or call the time of death.

“She was clinically dead,” says Dr. Ford. “They had called the code and pronounced her dead.”

What hospital officials didn’t realize was that on that Sunday morning, Connie’s friends, family, and church had begun to storm heaven on her behalf.

“I just stopped the service and told the church what was going on and said, ‘We’re going to take awhile and intercede for Connie,’ ” Rev. Mike Fields told his congregation. “We were interceding that God would spare her life. We were praying against death and praying for life.”

Meanwhile, the ER doctor came to the waiting room to tell the family the bad news. Still full of faith, Connie’s husband, Tommy, made a request.

“I asked him, ‘Could we come in and pray before they call it?’ He said yes, we could come in and pray,” Tommy recalls.

Thelma Russell, Connie’s spiritual mom, recalls praying over Connie.

“When I laid my hand on her,” says Thelma, “she was cold. I said, ‘Lord, with long life you promised to satisfy her. Lord, you said you would do her good and not evil, that you would give her an expected end, that your will for her is to live and not die.’ When I saw her gripping Tommy’s hand, and mine started shivering like that, I knew that life was coming back into her.”

Suddenly, Connie Davis was breathing and her blood pressure was climbing! Doctors and nurses were stunned—including one nurse who had helped with CPR.

“She said, ‘Joyce, I have been doing this 28 years, and I have never seen anything like it. After those people prayed, she got a pulse!”

Adds Dr. Ford, “All I know is the family went in, and when they came out, the nurses went back in there and she was spontaneously starting to breathe again and began feeling blood pressure and a pulse again.”

But Dr. Ford knew that Connie still faced an uphill battle. Besides all of her major organs shutting down, Connie showed no signs of brain activity.

“We knew that she was brain dead when she started back,” he says. “She had no spontaneous activity. She was on a ventilator. We had to be assisted in her ventilation. She had an aspiration pneumonia, which means she aspirated her stomach contents during CPR. We broke her ribs. Her kidneys went into failure from not enough oxygen. Her GI tract went into bleeding from not enough oxygen. She just had every complication that you can have from a cardiac arrest.”

But God wasn’t finished working. As the doctors expressed concerns about her complications, family and friends continued to pray—intensely. And God began to do other miracles that very day.

“It was probably 4 o’clock in the afternoon,” Joyce recalls. “The respiratory therapist was on the other side of the bed from me and she said, ‘Joyce, I think she’s sticking her tongue out at me.’ I said, ‘Donna, she’s brain dead, she’s not sticking her tongue out at you.’ About that time Connie went (shakes head). I went around to the other side of the bed and said, ‘Are you awake?’ She went (shakes head). I thought, This just can’t be. This is a mistake. But at the time, when she came over, her body temperature was 89.9 degrees. I mean, she was already headed out. Her body was starting to cool off. So I’m just thinking, This just can’t be. This kind of stuff doesn’t happen. She could move her legs and everything. No neurological deficits.”

Even more amazing, at 3 o’clock the next morning—just 15 hours after she was to be pronounced dead—Connie wrote a note to her husband, asking him to cancel an appointment.

God had done it again! Now, each time Connie would face a medical crisis, Joyce knew exactly where to go.

“At every turn, I would go out there, and there was this sea of people from Connie’s church out in the waiting room. I would have to wade through to find Mike and Tommy. ‘You all need to be praying. She’s bleeding, and we can’t get the bleeding stopped,'” Joyce recalls.

At the end of 30 days, Connie Davis left the hospital, and we’d like you to meet her right now—that is Connie playing basketball with her son! God has not only raised her from the dead, in His incredible power and mercy, He restored her—body and mind—to perfect health!

“She’s beautiful. She’s vibrant. She’s full of life and so full of the joy of the Lord,” says Joyce. “It is so incredible to contemplate that she is the dead woman that I saw in the emergency room.”

“I know that if God can still raise the dead, He can do anything but fail, so it has really, really increased my faith,” says Connie’s best friend, Toni Ford.

“There’s no way to physiologically explain how someone can go two hours in a code and not get blood supply to the brain like she did to her kidneys and things and come out of it just totally neurologically fine,” says Dr. Ford. “I’ve never seen it before. The fact that she came out of that without any damage at all is truly a miracle.”

Tommy’s faith also grew tremendously. “I heard often that God did a lot of stuff in the Bible back in the days of old,” he says, “but now I know that He is a miracle worker and He does raise people from the dead because He raised my wife from the dead. I was there, and I know.”

By this time, you might be curious what was going on from Connie’s perspective.

“I didn’t hear them say, ‘She’s dead,'” says Connie, “but I did hear them say, ‘This looks bad. She’s not going to make it.’ When I heard that, I thought, I guess I’m going to die. So I’m lying there and I want to make sure I’m right with the Lord, so I said the sinners prayer. I said, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd.’ I said, ‘Father, if you really don’t need me, I really would like to raise my son.'”

And at several points, Connie began to describe watching the doctors treat her from “outside” her body. Could this have been an “out of body experience?” Connie says she’s not sure.

“I just knew I saw myself shaking really hard back and forth, and how that happened I don’t know, and foam was coming out my mouth,” says Connie. “I wanted to make sure that that happened, I just wasn’t thinking of it or dreaming about it. I asked my husband when I got out of the hospital, ‘Was I doing that?’ and he said, ‘Yeah, you did it quite a bit.'”

Connie and Tommy DavisOf course, no one goes through such an ordeal without it changing their life. For Connie, that means telling others about the amazing grace that saved her.

“I try to tell as many people as I can to accept the Lord while they still have breath in their body,” Connie explains. “People need to make a choice now for Christ because you’re going to spend eternity somewhere. It could be in hell or in heaven. You’re going to be able to hear. You’re going to be able to have all your personality. So if there is anything I can convey to people, it’s accept the Lord today.”

UPDATE 2005
In looking back, Connie notes several things. First off, she says, “Your spirit does not die.” She says her personality and her senses were in tact. She was fully aware of her surroundings and all that was being said and done. She heard doctors’ grim words, nurses’ routine remarks and even one doctor correcting another’s procedure. She says she was trying to joke with them as they opened her eyelids to detect any response. She was saying back to them, “Well, I can see you…” She says this experience has convinced her even more of the reality of eternal existence either in heaven or hell.

Connie is also convinced it simply wasn’t her time to go. But the prayers of the saints were a critical part of what brought her back. Her own simple prayer, “Lord, if you don’t need me, I would like to raise my son,” and the faithful prayers of her interceding husband and church family are what allowed her to return to her body.

She now appreciates that her life has been extended. She is more sympathetic toward others, believes God more and takes Him at His word more easily. She says she catches herself ready to complain about mundane things in life like laundry and remembers that she might not have been here now. She says these thoughts stop the complaints. She is also very humble and doesn’t want a spotlight on herself or her experience. She says unequivocally that she didn’t “do” this, that she has no great ability to heal or pray as a result of this experience. She loves God and will pray for anyone who needs it because of His love for His people, not because she was resurrected. And if she ever needs to be reminded, her son now 15, will let her know that it’s because of him that she’s still here. God is letting her raise her son.

 

Smith Wigglesworth “Face to Face with the Devil”!

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Smith Wigglesworth overcomes death!

I was called at 10 o’clock one night to pray for a young person given up by the doctor who was dying of consumption. As I looked, I saw that unless God undertook it was impossible for her to live. I turned to the mother and said, “Well, mother. you will have to go to bed.” She said, “Oh, I have not had my clothes off for three weeks.” I said to the daughters, “You will have to go to bed,” but they did not want to go. It was the same with the son. I put on my overcoat and said, “Good-bye, I’m off.” They said, “Oh, don’t leave us.” I said, “I can do nothing here.” They said, “Oh, if you will stop, we will all go to bed.” I knew that God would move nothing in an atmosphere of mere natural sympathy and unbelief.

They all went to bed and I stayed, and that was surely a time as I knelt by that bed face to face with death and with the devil. But God can change the hardest situation and make you know that He is almighty.

Then the fight came. It seemed as though the heavens were brass. I prayed from 11 to 3:30 in the morning. I saw the glimmering light on the face of the sufferer and saw her pass away. The devil said, “Now you are done for. You have come from Bradford and the girl has died on your hands.” I said, “It can’t be. God did not send me here for nothing. This is a time to change strength.” I remembered that passage which said, “Men ought always to pray and not to faint.” Death had taken place but I knew that my God was all-powerful, and He that had split the Red Sea is just the same today. It was a time when I would not have “No,” and God said “Yes.” I looked at the window and at that moment the face of Jesus appeared. It seemed as though a million rays of light were coming from His face. As He looked at the one who had just passed away, the color came back to the face. She rolled over and fell asleep. Then I had a glorious time. In the morning she woke early, put on a dressing gown and walked to the piano. She started to play and to sing a wonderful song. The mother and the sister and the brother had all come down to listen. The Lord had undertaken. A miracle had been wrought.

The Lord is calling us along this way. I am thanking God for difficult cases. The Lord has called us into heart union with Himself; He wants His bride to have one heart and one Spirit with Him and to do what He Himself loved to do. That case had to be a miracle. The lungs were gone, they were just in shreds, but the Lord restored lungs that were perfectly sound.

From the book: “Ever Increasing Faith”
Sermon Titled:  Gifts and Healings

Woman Healed of Cerebral Palsy by God

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Woman Healed of Cerebral Palsy by God

What an amazing documented testimony about the pure goodness of our God! This one brought me to tears!!!! While some Christians don’t believe in healing for today, others believe God can occasionally perform minor miracles to make us “feel better”. But this miracle sure takes the limits off what any of us may think God can do to heal a person! God is so good! Jesus is Lord!!Click Here for Articles & More Healing!

Withered Hand Made New: David Hogan Testimonies

Hindu Man’s withered hand is made new and restored and a crippled woman walks again! Testimonies from David Hogan

In this video, David Hogan describes two amazing miracles from India; The first testimony is about a crippled woman who was completely unable to move and WAS bound to a wheelchair. One touch with a heart full of faith and the woman was healed shortly afterwards, and stood up to the amazement of the entire crowd! Praise Jesus! In the second healing, a Hindu man had a “withered arm” just like in the day of Jesus and it was instantly restored by Jesus, yet again!!! Jesus is Lord!

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Raised from the dead by prayer after 45 minutes!

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Raised from the dead by prayer!

Watch this amazing medically documented miracle as a Christian Doctor is prompted to pray by the Holy Spirit to bring one man back to life from total heart failure AFTER being pronounced dead. This man awoke completely well in just three days with no side effects and no brain damage after experiencing a massive heart attack and being without oxygen for a very long time!

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5 Amazing Healings with Todd White

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5 Different Conditions Instantly Healed by God on 2 men!

This is amazing! Todd met these two men on the street and God started giving Todd “words of knowledge” (specific information) about each mans past and injuries. A shoulder injury, a knee injury, carpel tunnel wrist condition, a short leg and even sinus problems from allergies were healed by Jesus in this amazing video. In the end, both men were so touched by God, they gave their lives to Christ! God is so good!!

Brain dead man raised to life through prayer

“Brain dead” man in coma raised back to full life!
by Scott Levesque

This testimony is very similar to my own father’s story, however Russell’s story has a miraculous ending worth posting. My prayer is that it will strengthen your faith and bring you hope.

Russell’s Story
I was so inspired to hear of how a man named Russell was stricken with a massive heart attack (the type typically terminal) during service at VCC in Albany last year, only to stand in front of us Sunday night, walking full of life after dying in church and being pronounced “Brain dead” in a coma!

In late 2011, Russell dropped dead in church with massive heart failure. A couple of people tried awaken and resuscitate Russell for some time but eventually he was taken out of the church as paramedics continued to attempt to resuscitate him, and much time passed for Russell without a pulse, causing severe brain damage.

This story brings back haunting memories of my own father’s heart attack, where he dropped dead shortly before arriving at his home. He was already blue in complexion, and similar to Russell, I performed CPR on him for over 30 minutes before the paramedics arrived. Much time passed without a pulse or response from my father (Ed). The paramedics took my father out the door of the house, with his lifeless body functioning only through the compression of his chest by paramedics. As with my dad his heart eventually began beating in the ER at the hospital, but it took so long to get Russell’s heart going again that he was left in a vegetative state, with minimal brain-stem activity allowing for life support to keep him alive.

As both were left in a deep coma with extensive brain damage, later that evening, the attending Doctors said that both Russell & my dad would: 1) either die within a couple of days from the heart attack and trauma, or 2) they would both suffer life in a permanent vegetative state, never to function normal, and perhaps never to awaken.

With no hope, they pronounced Russell & my dad “brain-dead”. That first night, is when they asked my family back in 1982 if they could “pull the plug” on my dad. We were not Christians at the time but something deep in our souls just could not agree to end his life this in manner so we said “no way”.

Similarly with no family to contact, they asked the small team from Victory Christian Church including Pastor Charlie, Patty, and Marti, to “pull the plug” for Russell. Pastor Charlie also said “no way”, but this is where these two similar stories begin to part.
One story ends with the typical expected results from a world filled with hopelessness, death and sorrow; I’m sad to say my dad passed away two nights later at 2AM at the young age of 57.

The other story ends with a life clinging onto faith described in Hebrews 11:1 “the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen”. It is this kind of Hope itself that is the very fuel at the core of our Christian faith.

With hope and faith, this story ended very differently than my dad’s. This story is filled with evidence of Life abundant, and evidence of the power in the name of Jesus to heal, which is the very reward God offers us through faith in His son Jesus. Steeped in that deep faith, the team fervently prayed for complete healing as Russell lay lifeless beside them.

Expecting a miracle and filled with hope, they left later that evening even while Russell’s condition appeared the same, they walked out by faith (not by sight) that God would restore this man’s life.

The next morning thanks to answered prayers by our merciful God, a supernatural miracle happened which completely stumped the doctors, and Russell awoke! But that’s not all!! If merely coming back from the coma hadn’t stumped the Doctors enough, what happened next was even more amazing. During the next several days, Russell quickly healed, and was taken off life support and then released from the hospital only a couple weeks after being pronounced brain-dead as a lifeless body on life support!!!! Oh my gosh!!!!! …..how good is our God????

I personally wasn’t there when Russell dropped dead, but my good friend Lou and many other eye witnesses can attest to the truth of this story and I have to admit that for me to actually see Russell one Sunday evening, walking quite normal and full of life while giving his testimony, built my own faith to new proportions! Oh what a treat it was to hear such a testimony and to witness the power (and love) of our wonderful savior Jesus. I honestly believe that when we hear testimonies like this, it builds our faith because the bible says, “faith comes by hearing the word of God”, and if you think about it, testimonies are all about God’s word revealed through our lives! Amen!

Oh how I wish 31 years ago that I had been saved, and had such great faith that I could have prayed with this kind of belief and fervor for my dad back in 1982. It’s true, we are all developing our faith in different degree’s, and we may not see every miracle answered yet, but I believe we’ve entered into a new era and it’s coming during this generation. I do know that today, such miracles are on the rise and I sure would have enjoyed a chance to try to exercise such faith for my own dad.

So here we have two similar stories, yet from different generations with very different circumstances….. One started and ended hopeless, without understanding and without God, the other started AND ended full of hope and full of life, standing as a powerful testimony to the power of prayer, in the name of Jesus.

It’s my greatest prayer and hope, that we all grow deeper in our faith from such awesome testimonies, and learn to carry (and release) that deep, life changing faith, in the name of the Son of the only Living God, Jesus Christ! Thanks Patty for sharing this amazing story on Sunday, and thanks to Pastor Charlie and his team for carrying a faith that moves heaven on earth!!All glory to God above and His Son Jesus Christ –
Amen