'Miracle Girl?': Teen wakes from coma when family sings hymns

Posted Mar 11, 2014 by Brett Wilkins
"An amazing miracle" has taken place deep in the heart of Mormon country, say family and friends of a brain-dead teenager who awoke from a coma after they sang hymns by her hospital bedside.
Lexi Hansen
Lexi Hansen
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Lexi Hansen, an 18-year-old freshman at Brigham Young University in Provo, was heading to class on her longboard when she was struck by a passing car and suffered severe brain damage. Her mother, Marcia Hansen, told ABC News that tests indicated her daughter was "essentially brain dead" when she arrived at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo.
"When they brought her in, the doctors gave her less than a five percent chance of survival," father Doug Hansen told the Deseret News. "They told us to call our family and get them here quickly because she wasn't going to last too long."
Tens of thousands of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or Mormons, fasted along with family and friends. And as loved ones sang hymns by Hansen's bedside, she suddenly opened her eyes and signaled to them.
"She woke up and just listened to us and we were just amazed and crying at the fact that she was [awake]," Marcia Hansen told ABC News. "And then she just hand-signaled 'I love you'... and then we were just crying that she would even know what was going on."
On Monday, Hansen's breathing tube was removed and she resumed breathing on her own. She has begun speech and physical therapy.
"Every doctor and nurse that comes in there, and therapist and whatever, they're just like, 'You know, this isn't supposed to happen,'" Marcia Hansen told the Deseret News. "You know we are calling her the 'miracle girl,' right?"
While there is no scientific evidence supporting the existence of miracles -- or of any of the supernatural beings and occurrences in Christianity's holy texts, Lexi's loved ones do not doubt that "God" intervened to save her.
"We know it's because of God," Marcia Hansen told the Deseret News. "We know he's a God of miracles."
While that cannot be confirmed, the Hansens are thrilled to have Lexi back, and they are encouraged by her progress. They also say they don't blame the driver, a young man in his 20s, who hit her. Police say he will not be charged.
"We've reached out to him," said Marcia Hansen. "We had dinner with him the other night at the hospital. He's gone through torment. We just wanted him to know that accidents happen, and we love him and we don't want him to feel guilty. We feel like he has been a catalyst for all this to happen, to have all this love come out in the community."