The other day, we heard the watermelon story: A stray bullet in a gunfight flew into a car, going through one girl’s stomach, then going through a Bible, and finally coming to a stop inside a watermelon the first girl’s sister was holding.
Their grandmother said, “The word of God and the Lord’s power saved” her second daughter.
(So, the first daughter must have deserved it…?)
Here’s one more story like that.
Nine-year-old Chicago White Sox fan Griffin Cox was hit in the head by a baseball during batting practice in June.
… The fourth-grader at Forest Glen Elementary School in Glen Ellyn was diagnosed with two skull fractures, internal bleeding and fluid buildup.
Here’s something a little more graphic:
There were signs of fluid leaking through a tear in the membrane around Griffin’s brain and into the fracture. If the fluid was spinal fluid from inside the brain, then the tear would have to be repaired because spinal fluid would interfere with the healing of the fracture, said his doctor, Andrew Chenelle.
He said the repair procedure is safe and would have involved removing a small piece of Griffin’s skull, sewing the torn membrane, and replacing the piece of skull. Tests, however, show the fluid accumulation is not spinal fluid, so surgery is not necessary, Lawrance Cox said.
Good news: Griffin will be ok, but he’ll just need to stay away from further head-damaging types of activities.
Take a wild guess what the parents have to say:
… We thank God for listening to each of your prayers and keeping our Griffin safe.
Perhaps a different (kinder?) God would have let the baseball hit the pavement a few inches away instead…?
Again, I’m glad the boy’s ok. I’m not mocking the family. It’s actually really wonderful to hear how the community pulled together to show support for the young boy’s health. Knowing that support is out there can help a person feel better.
But let’s be honest about the praying. The prayers did nothing to directly help this kid.
The neurosurgeon, on the other hand, might deserve a nice hand.
(Thanks to Matt for the link!)