‘Jump Started by the Holy Spirit': Teen Dead for 45 Minutes Comes Back to Life as Mother Prays

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‘Jump Started by the Holy Spirit’: Teen Dead for 45 Minutes Comes Back to Life as Mother Prays

By Heather Clark | christiannews.net

Smith-300x300ST. CHARLES, Mo. – A Missouri teen who was dead for 45 minutes after an accident on Lake Sainte Louise is now alive and well thanks to the power of God and the prayers of his mother.

John Smith, 14, was playing with two other friends on the lake two weeks ago when they fell through the ice. By the time rescuers arrived, one of the boys had almost climbed out the water and the second was hanging on to a chunk of ice, but Smith couldn’t be found. It took 15 minutes for paramedics to locate him.

Smith was transported to St. Joseph Hospital, where CPR was performed for nearly half an hour on the teen without success. Doctors weren’t sure how long they should keep trying; he had been clinically dead for 45 minutes and had an internal temperature of 88 degrees.

Dr. Ken Sutterer, a Christian whose daughter attends the same Christian school as Smith, called Smith’s mother, Joyce, into the room to break the news.

But Smith didn’t take no for an answer.

“She started praying loudly,” Sutterer told local television station KDSK.

“I don’t remember what all I said,” Joyce Smith said. “But I remember, ‘Holy God, please send your Holy Spirit to save my son. I want my son, please save him.’”

But it was within a matter of minutes following her prayer that a miracle happened.

“[A]ll of a sudden I heard them saying, ‘We got a pulse; we got a pulse,’” Smith recalled.

Sutterer was so amazed by the situation that he wrote a letter to process what he had just witnessed.

“His heart was jump started by the Holy Spirit listening to the request of his praying mother,” he wrote.

Smith was airlifted to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center for further treatment, but concerns still remained over how much brain function he would have since he had gone without oxygen for so long. Amazingly, he suffered no brain damage and within 48 hours, Smith opened his eyes and responded perfectly to questions from doctors.

“It’s a bonafide miracle,” said Dr. Jeremy Garrett, who tested Smith’s brain function.

On Wednesday, following a time of rehabilitation in the hospital, Smith went home.

“I don’t remember much about it to be honest,” he told reporters. “Hearing what the doctors and the paramedics said, I’m pretty surprised at the outcome.”

“I’m surprised I’m alive, but it’s a real miracle that I’m alive, and I thank God I’m alive,” Smith continued. “There’s a reason I’m alive, so I’m just going to kind of follow what God has in store for me throughout my life.”

18 Comments on “‘Jump Started by the Holy Spirit': Teen Dead for 45 Minutes Comes Back to Life as Mother Prays”

  1. To GOD be the Glory! Proof of James 5:16 about the prayer of the righteous, proof of HIS promises about the Holy Spirit. Through a regular person, that believed. No need for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It’s already here, in full effect. Praise GOD!

  2. That’s the power of prayer! The bible says that we will have power like he has and that includes to speak life like he did on numerous occasions. Praise the Lord, this touched my spirit and I am reminded yet again that I can do move mountains and speak life into any situation in the name of Jesus I shall have what I ask in his name.

  3. My little boy, Sage, died in October of 2010. His heart stopped beating and he wasn’t breathing for 5 minutes. God supernaturally brought him back, and he’s alive and well today. All because I spoke Psalms 91 over him just prior to it all happening. God taught me a powerful lesson about His spoken Word that day. I praise God for this little boys life, and mine. May He always receive all of the glory, AMEN! 🙂

  4. Praise God! I have a similar testimony. I prayed for my brother when I was sixteen and he was eight and pronounced dead not having a pulse after having a severe
    attack. Praise Jesus after the incident he was baptized along with my sister. God is good and worthy to be praised! The holy spirit came and helped me with my prayer for my brother. Everytime I think about how good God has been I cry and jump for joy. I will praise him for the rest of my days!

  5. Thank You Lord Jesus! And thank you Minister Lewis! What A wonderful breath of fresh air to read this!

    Praising Him until He returns,


  6. With all the garden variety junk going on in the world, it’s stories like this that help me keep in mind that the God I serve is a God of miracles! Glory to God!

  7. With God all things are possible to them that believe. WOW what a testimony, our God is AWESOME! ALL THE TIME

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