After a severe head trauma, Jonathan Michel, 39, began showing signs of life. Then there appeared at the hospital an unexpected visitor. The alienated wife of Jonathan tried to pull the plug on him. But his devoted father was willing to do anything to keep his son alive! When she got the call every parent dreads, Karen Michel was on a mission trip to Africa. Her son, Jonathan Michel, 39, was at the hospital and close to death.
A chair hit him in the head while goofing off and wrestling. But no one realized that he was bleeding internally until he was collapsed on the kitchen floor. The head injury had become an aneurysm of the brain. A father of three, Jonathan is very close to his parents. He actually lives next door to them. So, as they prayed for healing their son, Karen rushed back to Texas to be by the side of her son.
At East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, TX, doctors discovered Jonathan had internal bleeding, causing serious damage to 75% of the left side of his brain. As a result, he currently suffers from paralysis of nearly all of the right side of his body.
Brain injuries are always complicated and run the risk of putting the victim into a vegetative condition. But Karen and her husband, Wren, desperately prayed for their son. And to their delight, Jonathan showed signs of life!
First, he woke up from his difficult state. Then, he kept displaying signs he was very aware of his immediate surroundings. From fastening and unfastening his niece’s watch, to closing his eyelids while praying — Jonathan’s behavior certainly suggests he’s alert and aware of what’s going on around him.
Encouraged by Jonathan’s progress, Karen and Wren knew God was initiating a miracle.
“We have watched as God has brought him from a state of no hope to a state where he responds to commands, recognizes us and moves about his whole left side and slight movement with his right foot,” Karen declared in a Facebook update.
So, it came as a complete stunning revelation when they got the news that doctors were preparing to remove Jonathan’s life support!
While Jonathan’s head injury was tough, he’s not brain-dead. His body just isn’t strong enough yet to function without assistance from the machines. He still needs time to heal and grow stronger.
But taking away Jonathan’s life support would remove any chance of getting better. It would include eliminating a shunt currently draining fluid from his brain, which would result in sure death.
So, the decision consufsed Karen and Wren. But then the doctors elaborated it was actually Jonathan’s long-estranged wife making the call.
Apparently, Jonathan’s wife left their marrige three years ago. But according to Karen, custody and child support battles, along with finances, have delayed an official divorce. So, she and Jonathan are still officially married.
So, it came as a complete shock when she turned up at the hospital with their marriage certificate, urging doctors to remove her husband from life support!
Jonathan’s estranged wife said she was doing it for his benefit.
“If I’m ever in such a situation, I want to let nature take its course,” she says Jonathan once told her.
She also claimed that, while in Jonathan’s hospital room, she asked him if he wanted “all this stuff off of you,” referencing the life support equipment. She says Jonathan moved his left foot to indicate yes.
But according to his mom, Jonathan’s left foot spontaneously twitches every few minutes. Karen doesn’t believe for an instant her son gave consent, nor is he in any state to do so.
Upon learning about the news, Jonathan’s devoted dad did what he had to do. He barred the door, blockading his son’s hospital room!
“If you’re going to unplug him, you’ll have to go through me,” the determined Grandpa told hospital staff.
The police even arrived on the scene. But no one was going to get Wren to budge.
“I would give my life for his,” he said. “I would rather me die than him.”
Karen and Wren urged Jonathan’s case go before the Ethics Board. Meanwhile, they reached out on social media to friends, family, and church to pray for the situation. It caught tons of attention online, and many pro-life people and organizations stepped in to help.
That includes the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, the Right to Life of East Texas, Texas Right to Life, Texas Senator Bryan Hughes, and Pastor Mark Lee Dickson of the SovereignLOVE Church.
Thankfully, the Ethics Board looked at Jonathan’s case and agreed with his parents.
“They finally called me in to tell me that they were seeing progress,” Wren said, “and as long as they were seeing progress, they were going to continue medical care.”
Though Jonathan’s estranged wife tried pulling the plug, his loving parents were sucessful in stopping her. But Jonathan still has a long road to recovery and is in desperate need of prayers.
“We are a long way from winning the battle before us, but with God, I know all things are possible!” Karen shared in a Facebook update.
Sometimes you have to stand up for what you know is the right thing to do. We’re so glad Wren didn’t back down and we’ll continue to pray for Jonathan’s healing!