Real Name: Trisha Zemba
Case: Medical Mystery
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Date: December 24, 1993
Details: On Christmas Eve, 1993, fourteen-year-old Trisha Zemba lost control and fell from her horse while out on a ride. She was in shock and did not realize how serious her injuries were. Ten days later, while in the bathtub, she passed out. Her pain increased tremendously and she had trouble moving. After five weeks of pain, her parents took her to the hospital. The doctors gave her large amounts of morphine, but it did not help relieve her pain. She was later diagnosed with a rare and usually incurable nerve disorder called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or RSD; this caused the horrendous pain, especially in her legs.
Trisha was given several injections of pain-killing drugs into her spinal column, but they did not seem to help. The pain continued to worsen and doctors feared that she would have to be institutionalized. Her parents were told that most patients with RSD either die, commit suicide, or go insane due to the pain. Despite the bleak outcome, they continued to pray for her, hoping for a miracle.
Trisha's doctors proposed a surgery that is usually for terminal cancer patients: implanting a morphine pump into her body. Her family prayed for her recovery for weeks, all the way up until the day before her surgery. Amazingly, just one day before her surgery on March 11, 1994, the pain inexplicably vanished. Within minutes, she was able to get up from her bed and walk into the hallway. Her doctors had no explanation for her recovery.
Trisha and her family believe that her recovery was due to the infinite power of faith.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the September 20, 1996 episode. It was also featured on It's a Miracle.