Letters to the Editor
The Daily Ardmoreite

A Second Chance at Life

Note:  This is a reproduction of the story.  Thanks to the Ardmoreite News!

My son got a second chance at life one year ago this month, and we are so grateful to everyone who helped make it possible. There were many prayers going up for David, now everyone can see a walking, talking miracle. We got a truly amazing gift from God due to those prayers, our child lives.

On Feb. 23, 2000, David jumped on a the rear of a slow-moving vehicle, a stunt which I have seen many kids do. However, this time he fell off the car. His skull was fractured, and his brain was pushed forward, causing a very traumatic brain injury. He laid in the road having seizures and was unconscious for what seemed a very long time. However, it was only minutes after 911 was called that Ardmore Ambulance Service arrived with Mike Dove and Shane Gilmore. David was taken to Mercy Memorial Heath Center's emergency room under Dr. Carpenter's care. The hospital chaplain was very helpful to the family. During this crucial time, my grandfather, who is pastor in the community, the Rev. David Sharp, told me of an insight he had while praying just the day before, "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall and all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put him back together again, but I can."

David was transported to Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City by Terry Walker and Bill Greenly. Sadly, Children's ICU was full, so David was taken to University Hospital where he remained in very critical condition, in a coma and on a respirator. On Feb. 25, David's condition was declining, and we were left with only one choice. David had to undergo a rare and dangerous surgery by the very capable hands of Dr. Paul Francel. The procedure consisted of removing the front half of David's skull and a very large blood clot from the right side of his brain.

After the surgery, David remained in a coma and on a ventilator until March 20. On March 23, David was taken to the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation where he learned to walk, talk, eat, breath and smile. Davis came home April 21. The bone flap was not replaced until July 5. Therapy has continued with Leslie Westmoreland, Jennifer Meril, Cindy Johnston, Beth Lane, Donna Edge and Kathy Delarosa. He is currently school at Dickson a couple of hours a day with Janet Cross, Regina Chaffin and Betty Deatherage as teachers. Dickson school has been very helpful and supportive in many ways.

David is now doing great. Of course, he is not the same person, and, yes, we have yet a great deal of therapy and work to do, but he is alive and happy. Ardmore and its surrounding communities really pulled together once again with prayer and support. It is thanks to those prayers God answered that gave David a second chance at life.

-- Carol Osborne, Ardmore

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