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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

On Saturday, Nov. 1, “they took her off the ventilator and she did good,” her mother said. “She was breathing on her own.”

The next day, “her stats went down,” and doctors put her in an oxygen mask.

But over the next few days, Colleen noticed her daughter “wasn’t getting better. Things were kind of lingering.”

And Chelsea, who had been having anxiety attacks and crying throughout her hospital stay, was having more of them.

“I said, ‘She’s been through enough,‘” Colleen remembers. “I said, ‘Can we just take her mask off? She’s been through enough.’

“I wanted to do what the Lord wanted me to do. And I really felt like I’ve had her for 14 years, and if it’s time for her to go to heaven, then I know she’ll be healed.”

The mask didn’t come off immediately, though. They waited until family members had a chance to come to see Chelsea – perhaps for the last time.

On the afternoon of Nov. 5, as family and friends prayed about the decision, a nurse practitioner called Colleen’s attention to a monitor showing the door to the pediatric intensive care unit.

“On the monitor, there was this bright light,” Colleen recalls. “And I looked at it and I said, ‘Oh my goodness! It looks like an angel!”

Colleen pointed her digital camera at the monitor to take a photo of the image, but the “first picture wouldn’t take.”

She tried again and succeeded. The image gave her a peace that stayed with her when hospital staff removed Chelsea’s oxygen mask.

And then, “when they took the mask off of her, her stats went as high as they’ve ever been.

“Her color was good, and the doctors and nurses were amazed,” Colleen said. “The nurse practitioner who saw the image in the monitor said, ‘I’ve worked here 15 years, and I’ve never seen anything like it.’”

Chelsea was removed from intensive care on Nov. 14 and went home three days later.

Her mother believes it was a miracle – attended by a very real angel bathed in light at the door to the pediatric intensive care unit.

“What was so ironic… is it was a rainy day,” Colleen said. “It had been overcast all day. And the sun only came out at that point.”

To those who doubt her story and photograph, Colleen Banton says: “If they doubt it, that’s fine. … But I know what I saw, and the picture’s untouched. I didn’t make it up. That’s just something that I believe.

“I believe that more people have changed since this happened. I know I have. I look at things differently than I used to – because I know God is in control.”

On Christmas Day, Chelsea will turn 15 – another miracle considering all of the medical trials she’s faced, according to her mother.

“I’m learning,” Colleen Banton said, “that every day she’s alive is a miracle.”

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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Very touching article. I do believe in angels. Just put your trust in God he will protect each and everyone us. - [link=""]essay services[/link]

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    I Do Believe It Was A Heavenly Angel. Because I Believe In Them I Also Incounter Of One Myself Its Just A overwellling Good Feeling Love And Peace. Also Heavenly Angels Watch Over Us In This World And From Evil And Troubles And Harm And Give Us Protection Sent From God Up In Heaven Angels and miracles are everywhere in the Bible ๑۩Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ۩๑♥♥๑۩Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ۩๑

  • Dsc00261_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    Good to see and hear of miracles in this day and age!

  • Pic-0120_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    I loved this article. People need to believe in miracles. Stories like this give me hope.

  • Heather2_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    This so touching. I gives me goose bumps. What an amazing miracle!

  • Dsc02059_max50


    about 6 years ago


    Wow!!!! I guess you have to share this story to a lot of people so they would still find hope during times like these....

  • 2009_0109tiger0029_max50


    about 6 years ago


    God is amazing :D

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    about 6 years ago

    God bless if it really was an angel. I love angels. Many people find peace with them.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 6 years ago


    i work at Florida Hospital in Winter Park Florida yet I have had the priviledged to encounter a similar encounter myself....I believe that this is a real event and that it was and is designed to change not only the patient but all of whom witnessed the event. Medicine is man's job; Healing is God's job. We in the medical field are CHOSEN AND ORDAINED OF GOD TO BE APART WITH CARING AND COMPASSIONATE HEARTS....THEREFORE WE ARE CONSIDERED HIS ANGELS ON EARTH....when what we know to do has no prevail then we must leave things up to God. HE STILL SAVE LIVES.......

  • Mommy_max50


    about 6 years ago


    I do believe in miracles and when all medical explanation fails I thing nothing else can explain the improvement in her condition but indeed a miracle

  • Picture_021_max50


    about 6 years ago


    Wow, it is a truly amazing story. God Bless everyone!

  • Boondocks_wp4_1280_max50


    about 6 years ago


    Truly I believe that we need the hand of God, angels, and, the wisdom of God everyday in our careers. Moreover it is comforting to know that He is available to us at all times... Lord knows I need Him at all times.

  • Picture_061_max50


    about 6 years ago


    hew. i'm so amazed when i have read the story. I really believe in miracles. God is within us always. Prayers....everything is possible. Praise the Lord.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 6 years ago


    WOW what an amazing story. GOD truly is wonderous. If we just believe and listen with our hearts then we too can realize all of our blessings from the biggest to the smallest. GOD is good. GOD IS LOVE

  • Che_max50


    about 6 years ago


    Nice one... I really do believe in angels... During our class in Philosophy, my prof defined man as a highest form of animal and lowest form of angel... But i do more agree that man is really an angel in their own special way...

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