When Steven Thorpe was 17 years old, he was involved in a devastating car accident that left him lying in a hospital bed in a coma, surviving merely on life support. His injuries from the accident were so severe that four different doctors actually declared him brain dead -- and his parents were told to start thinking about donating his organs and letting go of their son forever.
But Steven's father had a gut feeling that somewhere inside his lifeless body, his son was still there. And that's why he insisted on getting another opinion and having his son checked out one more time -- just before he was about to be taken off life support. What happened next was a true miracle.
A neurologist came in to look at Steven one last time and determined that he did have some faint brain wave activity going on. At that point, he was brought out of his coma to see if he could survive on his own. Miraculously he did. He was discharged from the hospital just five weeks later after making a startling recovery. Though he faced multiple surgeries to repair the damage he sustained to his face in the accident, Steven is now a thriving 21-year-old with his whole future ahead of him.
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Wow. Can you even imagine the thoughts that must go through his parents' heads after seeing their son come back from the brink of death? If they hadn't trusted their gut instincts and spoken up to doctors, he would not be here today. And they probably would've spent every single moment for the rest of their lives regretting the fact that they didn't have the courage to insist on having him re-checked. Intuition is a powerful thing, and obviously feeling it isn't limited solely to moms! Steven's father proves that dads are just as tuned in and connected to their children as mothers are.
So often as parents, we get those funny feelings inside of us that we can't ignore -- like we know something just isn't right. But sometimes it can be so hard to trust our inner voice, and we wind up second guessing ourselves and trying to silence it. And I've learned that any time I ignore one of those intense gut feelings, all hell breaks loose.
Just a few weeks ago, my son had a tiny cough, and I debated over whether or not to leave him with my parents and go to New York City for the night. Even though my gut was telling me to just stay home, I wound up going -- and had to turn right back around and come home because he got worse and spiked a high fever. I felt so horrible for not listening to my intuition -- and it was such an important reminder for me to trust my feelings from here on out.
And after hearing Steven Thorpe's story, I'm even more convinced that parents are given those instincts for a reason. Sometimes they're our best (and only) defense against a potential tragedy.
Do you always listen to your gut?
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