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Holiday Miracles

Dr. Kolbaba and his book

Happy holidays, dear GlassHospital readers.

A book recommendation for the season: If you like hearing positive medical stories, ones that are miraculous even, then order a copy of Dr. Scott Kolbaba’s “Physicians’ Untold Stories.”

Dr. Kolbaba is a longtime internist in Wheaton, Illinois. Over the years he’s experienced things that defy logic and rational explanation. The interesting thing is that neither he nor colleagues shared these┬ástories, fearing ridicule or disbelief, until finally the dam broke.

He spent three years producing the book, interviewing 26 different doctors, all of whom have surprising, heartwarming medical stories.

Dr. Kolbaba includes short biographical material on each of the contributors to his book.

Though the word miracle is used throughout, and the presence of God is alluded to, there is no specific religious tradition espoused in the book–so you can decide for yourself about the degree of providence within.

I hope your holidays bring peace and comfort to you and your families.

A Mississippi Resurrection

Walter “Snowball” Williams was 78. He was terminally ill, though the condition was not specified.

As CNN and other outlets reported, when his expected death occurred, the hospice nurse that had been caring for him called a funeral home to pick up the body, as is customary.Sunset

However, on the embalming table, the body bag that contained him started showing signs of life—kicking and rhythmic breathing. The funeral home director called an ambulance. Paramedics brought Williams to the hospital. Sure enough, he had a pulse. His heart was beating.

Had his heart totally stopped and restarted? Was it a case of pacemaker malfunction, springing back to life? Just a simple miracle? His family and many others certainly think so.

No mention of what happened to Mr. Williams during his subsequent two weeks. My fear is that they were spent entirely in the hospital. One source indicated that he was able to return home.

That’s where the longtime farmer died, two weeks after he came back to life.

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