When I was 25 years old, I took a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico where my life was altered forever. I went pier diving and broke my neck when hitting the bottom of the ocean head first.
At that moment, I became completely paralyzed from the neck down. By God’s grace, I remained conscious and floated up to the surface face down, completely unable to move. Just when I couldn’t hold my breath another second, my friends pulled me out of the water.
Soon after, my parents got the phone call back in New York City. They were completely devastated, but cried out to God, even though we weren’t Christians then.
This is when God stepped in. My aunt worked at her jewelry store and her friend stopped by just to say hi. Her friend heard what had happened, and through a series of phone calls, was able to arrange for a private jet and a doctor to fly me to a hospital back home, only 18 hours after the accident. This came with a price tag of $34,000. But my sister’s friend lent us $16,000 dollars and an anonymous person on the cruise ship paid another $18,000. We never found out who it was.
During my four months in the hospital, I got to know Jesus. Another family friend attended a church in Brooklyn, and the people there started visiting and praying for me. They told me all about Jesus and His love for us. Eventually, I re-learned how to breathe without a breathing machine and recovered from pneumonia and a high fever. Today, I can sit up without passing out, something doctors said would never happen. And I have partial movement in my arms which enables me to work on my computer and help our family business.
Now, I witness to others about what God did in my life after genuinely crying out to Him. Through this accident, my entire family and many others accepted Jesus. My life has radically changed for the better. God turned a tragedy into a blessing, and continues to do so every day. I honor Him by spreading the Word to others.