Real Name: David Shublak
Case: Medical Mystery
Location: Fort Huachuca, Arizona
Date: November 1995
Details: In summer 1995, Sacketts Harbor, New York resident Linda Gordon met a jogger and army major named David Shublak. They fell in love and got married four months later. Just hours later, he was shipped to Louisiana for six weeks In November, Linda came to live with him at his post in Fort Huachucha, Arizona. Six days later, he went out on his morning run, which took him to the other side of the base. When the sidewalk ended, he ran on the shoulder of the road east into the blinding sun. Due to the sunlight, a car hit him and sent him flying through the air; he landed sixty feet away.
David suffered multiple skull fractures and broken legs. He was airlifted to the University Medical Center in Tucson. His cranial pressure was much worse than a normal accident and there was little hope for his recovery. He was declared clinically then legally brain dead. However, Linda would not give up hope. Five days later, their relatives were forced to make an agonizing decision: to either leave him on life support at the hospital, take him home and keep him on life support, or turn off life support and donate his organs.
However, Linda was certain that David was not dead. She turned back to the Bible, and read in the Gospel of John how Jesus brought his friend, Lazarus, back to life after being dead for four days. She hoped and prayed that the same thing could happen for David. She took her Bible and placed it on his chest. Then she laid her hands on his head asking God to do the same for him as He did for Lazarus.
A few hours later, a doctor came in to check David's vital signs and found that he opened his eyes and looked around. When Linda returned to the hospital, his father told her the astonishing news. She was convinced that his signs were a miracle because of her prayer. Soon, he became responsive and woke up. Three months later, he was discharged from the hospital despite the doctors saying that he was going to die. He has since made a complete recovery. He and Linda are certain that they are together today because of a miracle.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the May 9, 1997 episode.
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