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- Ken Wood -
Worn from working consecutive weeks of overtime, Ken Wood, Virginia's husband, was noticeably tired as he headed to his job to work an all-night shift. That night, in addition to the late hours, his responsibilities required him to commute 70 miles further than normal. As he headed out the door with the keys to the family’s small car in hand,
After working all night, Ken called Virginia and told her that he thought he was too tired to make the drive home. However, after he stopped for breakfast, he called again and said he thought he could make it. A short time later she received a third call, this one to inform her that Ken had been in an accident.
Ken had fallen asleep and been in a head-on collision. After two jaws-of-life were used to free him from the wreckage, he was taken to a small local hospital. Upon examining the extensive injuries to his chest and legs, preparations were made for him to be transported via helicopter to a major hospital in Texas where Ken was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.
Ken's one-ton pick-up truck after the|
devastating head-on collision.
Just as Virginia found the strength she needed to carry on, Ken stopped progressing. The doctors grew concerned that he was no longer improving. Virginia did not give up. Instead, she continued talking to Ken and encouraging him. One day his eyes popped open, and he was totally alert. Virginia took the opportunity to tell Ken that Jesus wanted him to be well.
Amber, Ken's daughter and Virginia|
visit bedside in the hospital.
“I chose to live, and that is when things started changing,” Ken remarked.
Shortly after making the choice to live, Ken began the process of rehabilitation, spending time in multiple hospitals. The first was where his mental faculties would be evaluated and he would be weaned from the harsh medications in his system. The second was a physical strength facility. Doctors in each hospital anticipated the process would take between six months and two years for him to talk, walk and relearn other functions.
|After miraculous release from several|
rehab hospitals, Ken progressed from
a wheelchair to a walker to a cane.
Over the course of Ken's days at CBC he continued to regain mobility, relying only on a cane. As time drew near for Ken’s second year mission trip, he was still using the cane. However, he made the decision to leave it behind when he left for his trip, and he hasn't used it since!
|Ken at work ministering to|
callers in the AWM Phone Center.
Now a graduate of CBC, Ken spends his days praying for others as a prayer minister working in the AWM Phone Center.
“I am healed, I am whole, I am walking, I am alive,” Ken said with a smile.