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Photo Captures Image of an 'Angel' in Hospital Hallway

Photo Captures Image of an 'Angel' in Hospital Hallway

This photo shows an “angel” of light Chelsea's mother saw at Presbyterian Hospital in November. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLEEN BANTON

Jane Duckwall / Charlotte Observer

December 23, 2008

When Chelsea Banton was born five weeks prematurely, doctors predicted she had 36 hours to live.

Proving them wrong was the first miracle for Chelsea, now an Independence High School freshman.

“She spent the first four months in a neonatal intensive care unit,” recalls her mother, Colleen Banton of Mint Hill.

Before Chelsea was 2, she was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia, the first of several dangerous run-ins with the illness that have made her a familiar face in Presbyterian’s pediatric intensive care unit.

Among other health problems in her medical history: hydrocephalus, requiring a shunt in her skull and, later, several shunt revisions; life-threatening viruses; and, this past July, fluid retention that required more than a week’s hospitalization and three liters of liquid to be drawn from her body.

Prayer has helped sustain the whole family.

“We had been praying every day, my oldest daughter and I and Chelsea,” Colleen Banton said. “…Praying for a miracle.”

That miracle, Colleen believes, came Nov. 5 – seven weeks after Chelsea was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia.

What originally seemed like a bad cold nearly killed her.

“She was on life-support from the moment she got there,” her mother said.

That was Sept. 21. Over the next six weeks in the hospital, Chelsea faced one threat after another: pneumonia in her left lung, then her right lung, then sepsis, blood clots, staph infections, E. coli, a collapsed lung and feeding problems.

In late October, doctors met with the family to discuss “a plan of action,” Colleen said. One of the decisions she had to make was whether she would take Chelsea off the ventilator. Earlier, doctors had removed Chelsea from the ventilator several times, but had replaced it when the struggle to breathe became too difficult for the teen.

But a family meeting Oct. 31 was a turning point.

“At that point, the family… agreed that when she did come off the ventilator again, (they) weren’t putting it back in,” Colleen said. “Whatever happened, would happen.”


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    marynorm

    over 5 years ago

    8 comments

    very touchy story, i have tears in my eyes.
    I believe in miracles.
    beautiful picture

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    enidbmorales

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    That was a good story.

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    NikkiSLC10

    over 5 years ago

    32 comments

    Awesome that the angel let *herself* be seen ~

    I have no doubt there are a thousand angels around us all the time....!!!

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    energy2

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I believe in Angel just call them and they will be there ,Chelsea you have or your family has a mission to accomplish in this world.Take care and God Bless you.

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    monique08

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    This is a great story. God Bless you Chelsea and as long as you continue to believe there are more blessings coming your way !!!! GOD BLESS YOU AND HAPPY 15TH !!!!!!

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    smschaflePHN

    over 5 years ago

    38 comments

    Confirms my faith that God is omnipresent.

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    peaches22

    over 5 years ago

    54 comments

    Wow what a truly amazing story. This shows how GOD works in mysterious ways. He has truly blessed the family allowing them to overcome odds. That is awesome.

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    nursedoris82

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    i think God is always there ..whether we know it or not...

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    gg08

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Praise be to the most highest. The Lord is good and all things are possible if you believe in him & his almighty power. God bless you, Chelsea and your family.

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    Bridge_4_the_People

    over 5 years ago

    44 comments

    Praised the Lord !! and bless Chelsea with the family.

    Your story remind me of forcusing our sight only to please GOD. Thank you !!

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    shirley1

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I was so overwhelmed with this story and especially the incredible photo of the guardian angel. Thank you so much for sharing your story and this amazing photo with us. You have helped bring inspiration and hope back into my life. I pray that the Lord will continue to bless you and your family.
    God Bless you!

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    ANGELEYEZ33

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    THIS IS A AMAZING STORY. I WAS SHOCKED,BUT STAY STRONG CHELSEA GOD IS GOOD AND HE WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU!!

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    Benya

    over 5 years ago

    14 comments

    You can even see the reflection on the floor. I am so happy for Chelsea and family!

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    taznurse

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    This article gave me goose bumps because I believe that things like these happen all the time but people don't mention them due to fear. If people would just believe a little more the world would certainly be a better place. All it takes is a little faith... I'm glad to see that chelsea pulled through. This is a wonderful and heartfelt story. Thanks for sharing.

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    aabryan

    over 5 years ago

    24 comments

    God is good!

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