A pastor in the U.K. who miraculously came back to life after being dead for 15 minutes has credited the “power of prayer” and “divine providence” for saving him.
In November, Christopher Wickland, pastor of Living Word Pentecostal Church in Fareham, Hampshire, was jumping at a trampoline park with three of his youngest children when he began vomiting and collapsed, the Daily Echo reports.
Staff used a defibrillator four times to restart his heart, and he was then rushed to the intensive care unit of St Mary’s Hospital, Southampton. There, doctors informed his wife, Tracey, that he had suffered a cardiac arrest and had died for 15 minutes. They also warned her that he could suffer brain and heart damage should he survive.
Tracey told the Daily Mail that immediately after learning of her husband’s illness, she contacted members of a prayer network that they are part of to start praying for him.
“‘I put it on Facebook and it was amazing because hundreds of people from around the world contacted me and told me they were praying for Chris,” she said, adding that while the jump park staff and doctors did an “incredible job,” her husband would be dead “if it wasn’t for all these people praying.”
Wickland spent almost 48 hours in an induced coma and stayed in the hospital for three weeks before being released on a Sunday morning. Incredibly, he has made a full recovery both physically and mentally.
“This is a miracle that is all down to divine providence and the very quick actions of some people,” the pastor told the Daily Mail. “My congregation and other Christians around the world were also praying for me. All this power was harnessed to keep me alive. I’m not lucky, I’m blessed.”
Speaking about his recovery, the 47-year-old pastor said: “I’ve been checked out by the doctors several times now and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with me. They can’t believe that I died for so long and there’s no permanent damage.
“I’ve always been a bit of a keep-fit fanatic and have returned to running and lifting weights. I’ve also been very aware of my diet. So having a cardiac arrest was a bit surprising for me but dying was a far bigger shock.”
On Facebook, Wickland, who has since returned to the pulpit at Living Word Church, called the entire ordeal “nothing short of a miracle.” He revealed that he has no recollection of anything about his visit to the trampoline park or any of the events connected to his death. The reality of his situation didn’t hit him, he said, until he met the jump park staff who saved his life.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett