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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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    philippinurse

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Picture or no picture, angels and miracles for that matter, are always with us.....

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    larine

    almost 6 years ago

    64 comments

    I know miracle happen, so i believe you, be strong chelsea.

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    marva

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I cried while reading this story because I know for a fact that there is a God, I cannot see him but I can feel his presence. In all the trials o our lives when we think we cannot go , if we just trust and have faith the impossible will become possible. To God be the glory great things he has done. Have a blessed lifeChelsea.

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    Trkrantz

    almost 6 years ago

    44 comments

    This was an amazing story. I am glad that her daughter survived and it reminds you about how God works in mysterious ways to help people.

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    Jeannie

    almost 6 years ago

    140 comments

    God answers prayer, and it is encouraging to remember God sends angels around us all the time. How much more encouraging when we think of our children. What an incentive to always pray and never give up.

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    Jenny65

    almost 6 years ago

    48 comments

    God is good all the time,You all have faith in God,

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    EJSvencer

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    God is in control of everything! We must GIVE IT ALL TO GOD. We must thank God for our healing hands as we touch the lives of patients like Chelsea. May God continue to bless you and your family Chelsea.

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    burdenasanders

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    god is a wonderful god and their is no other i know thank you jesus

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    momofboygirltwins03

    almost 6 years ago

    42 comments

    That is just wonderful!!!

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    EvangelisticSistah

    almost 6 years ago

    88 comments

    Praise the Lord. Healing Miracles are still occuring.

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    Dr_Nurse

    almost 6 years ago

    20 comments

    God is GOOD! All the time!

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    RiannaP

    almost 6 years ago

    48 comments

    Awesome!

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    aggiegirl1989

    almost 6 years ago

    154 comments

    THIS IS PROOF TH AT ANGELS ARE ALL AROUND US! MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHELSEA

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    mandietaylor

    almost 6 years ago

    234 comments

    I believe that miracles happen every day and angels are sent down to protect the most precious souls and pure at heart.

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    mashell4

    almost 6 years ago

    1066 comments

    I believe everyone is blessed with angels!!

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