I was just about to start a thread on this very topic. Over the last 2 days I've had the opportunity to witness a miracle with my mom.
Two days ago, my mom, a high school teacher in her last semester before retirememt, decided to leave school and go home for a nasty URI that she couldn't kick. On the way home, driving my dad's truck, she had a horrible MVA that ripped the driver's side door off and ejected her from the truck. She hit 2 parked (unoccupied) cars with enough force to knock them out of the parking lot and into a ditch, then spun across 2 lanes of traffic into a construction area, where she collided with one of their pieces of equipment. The construction workers called EMS, who found her UNDER the truck. The MVA was also witnessed by a friend of my dad's, who called his cell phone when he recognized the truck. My dad was out of town, and immediately called my sister, who was able to get to the scene quickly. No one else was hurt.
Right across the street was a tiny hospital; she was taken there and her chest X-rayed. The ER doc spotted a small "fluid sac" in her left upper chest and had the foresight to transfer her to a larger hospital in the event that this represented an injury that needed a higher level of care. A CT revealed that not only are all of her left ribs broken, but she transected her aorta and was starting to bleed into her thoracic cavity, and had in fact already had a hemothorax to her left upper lobe. She was air-lifted to Vanderbilt, where the chief of vascular surgery patched up her aorta. She was not allowed to move until her whole body was scanned; the trauma team was certain that the force that transected her aorta caused additional damage. She has 2 broken fingers on her left hand, 3 on her right, and a multi-level lac to her left lower leg that required staples, but her spine, head, and everything else are free of injury. She has a chest tube still, but her Foley was removed today and she walked around the entire Trauma Unit, needing help only with her chest tube paraphenilia and IV pole. She had a bath and went to the floor about 2 hours ago. She is alert, oriented, and participates fully in conversations with us.
If whatever tore her aorta had hit her just a little harder, she wouldn't be here today. No one else was hurt, and she will recover with no deficits. Her trauma team at Vanderbilt expressed complete amazement at how well she is progressing with her "constellation" of injuries. (Interesting word, I thought.) The word "miracle" was used freely.
I do have one more, but I'm still reeling from this one, so I am going to go say another prayer of thanks that my mom is still with me, and tell the other story tomorrow.