It’s a really disturbing story… a little girl was playing with a rope in the back seat of her mother’s car while coming home from soccer practice. The rope, hanging out the window, got caught in the car’s axle… The girl’s hand was taken right off.
Her mother, Allison Rix, was on the Today show talking about the tragedy.
Take note of the article discussing the event:
Thus the surgeons had to reconnect minuscule veins and arteries to reestablish blood supply to the hand. When they were done, they put the arm in a heavily padded cast, warning Erica that even a hard bump could jeopardize the healing process.
On Tuesday, blond, pigtailed Erica was all smiles, playing with stuffed animals with her right hand while her mom talked about the injury. Erica still has no feeling in the hand, and further surgery will be necessary to reattach nerves and tendons. Doctors say that she probably won’t regain full use of her hand, but because she’s young and adaptable, she should regain substantial function.
The experience has renewed Rix’s faith in people.
Since the accident, total strangers have donated money to help defray her medical expenses. Others have volunteered to help keep a 24-hour watch on Erica to make sure she doesn’t damage her hand. The firemen who came to her rescue visited her at home and let her sit in the fire truck.
“I can’t thank them enough,” Rix said. “I’m so grateful for everything that everybody did.“We hear about all the negatives, but people out there are good. They want to help.”
Did you notice anything missing from all that?
All this tragedy followed by recovery… and no mention of God.
The mother was thanking the doctors who fixed her daughter’s hand and strangers who were donating money and firemen who came to her daughter’s aid.
Just as it should be.
The mother does refer to those people as her “angels” but only metaphorically. And she says she did pray for her daughter’s life, but again, the praise was saved for the real heroes. Not a god.
I’m not hoping for more tragedies like this to occur, but when they do, I would hope these stories become more commonplace.
(Thanks to Melissa for the link!)