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Photo captures image of an 'angel' in hospital hallway
Charlotte Observer ^ | December 23, 2008 | Jane Duckwall

Posted on 12/23/2008 8:05:55 AM PST by NYer

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.”

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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This photo shows an “angel” of light Chelsea's mother saw at Presbyterian Hospital in November. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLEEN BANTON

1 posted on 12/23/2008 8:05:55 AM PST by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...

For those who believe, no proof is necessary; for those who doubt, no proof is sufficient.


2 posted on 12/23/2008 8:06:46 AM PST by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

Uhhhhh... huhhhhh...

Nope, no explanation


3 posted on 12/23/2008 8:08:52 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: NYer
Looks like sunlight coming through the two windows which are mirrored on the floor in the picture.

Not a doubter, but a practical thinker.

4 posted on 12/23/2008 8:10:47 AM PST by Pistolshot ("Democrats don't show respect, they just demand respect " - ClearCase_guy)
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To: NYer

Who ever said that angels have wings?


5 posted on 12/23/2008 8:11:28 AM PST by fwdude ("...a 'centrist' ... has few principles - and those are negotiable." - Don Feder)
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To: NYer

Looks like that thing in RoboCop.


6 posted on 12/23/2008 8:11:28 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Pistolshot

My first thought, too.

And the angle of the photo seems odd, like the photographer was standing on a ladder?


7 posted on 12/23/2008 8:16:18 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: NYer
For those who believe, no proof is necessary; for those who doubt, no proof is sufficient.

Well said!

8 posted on 12/23/2008 8:16:47 AM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Please God Save The United States From The Democrats. Amen.)
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To: NYer

I only see some light.


9 posted on 12/23/2008 8:17:36 AM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light!)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

.............a nurse practitioner called Colleen’s attention to a monitor showing the door to the pediatric intensive care unit.


10 posted on 12/23/2008 8:17:54 AM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Please God Save The United States From The Democrats. Amen.)
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To: NYer
Rule 13 in the book "House of God" by Samuel Shem

(13) "The delivery of good medical care is to do as much nothing as possible."

11 posted on 12/23/2008 8:18:08 AM PST by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98...Ain't no Newbie!)
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To: AxelPaulsenJr

So...it’s a photo of a video monitor. Interesting.


12 posted on 12/23/2008 8:19:52 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Pistolshot

There is also a reflection off the picture on the wall.


13 posted on 12/23/2008 8:20:01 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: NYer

Man, this story is making the (repeated) rounds on FR.


14 posted on 12/23/2008 8:21:21 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar!)
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To: NYer

I see a trio of angels. Are they singing?


15 posted on 12/23/2008 8:21:24 AM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: NYer
For those who believe, no proof is necessary; for those who doubt, no proof is sufficient.

I concur

16 posted on 12/23/2008 8:21:42 AM PST by notaliberal
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To: NYer

I believe in God, but I don’t believe in silliness like the image of Jesus on a piece of toast.


17 posted on 12/23/2008 8:22:41 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: Larry Lucido
ED-209?


18 posted on 12/23/2008 8:22:47 AM PST by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: NYer

This story has changed a lot since it was first published. There was much more to this story the first time I read about it.


19 posted on 12/23/2008 8:23:14 AM PST by Kirkwood
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To: NYer

Doesn’t look like any angel to me; it looks like the reflection of a high intensity fluorescent fixture like the type that are common in hospital examination rooms. The best clue is that the central reflection, which is obviously a secondary reflection of the one to the right, is absent from the reflections on the floor.


20 posted on 12/23/2008 8:23:32 AM PST by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks allot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: editor-surveyor

So the nurse knew that the reflection is there all the time, and just wanted to make the mom feel better? That is I am assuming that the lights in the hallway are always on and the monitor is always on, etc.....


21 posted on 12/23/2008 8:26:35 AM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Please God Save The United States From The Democrats. Amen.)
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To: A_Tradition_Continues
"The delivery of good medical care is to do as much nothing as possible."

Yes, but it is difficult to bill for 'nothing.' ;o)

22 posted on 12/23/2008 8:28:55 AM PST by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks allot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
And the angle of the photo seems odd, like the photographer was standing on a ladder?

The image is from a video survelance camera mounted near the ceiling. The photo is of the monitor showing the video image. I'm not a doubter but it does look like light coming through the windows.

23 posted on 12/23/2008 8:32:18 AM PST by BubbaBasher (www.HypocriteLibs.org - Tracking the Slandering Liars in the MSM)
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To: AxelPaulsenJr

We cannot possibly know what the nurse knew, or what is ‘always’ there, but the basic nature of the reflections is pretty obvious. The only question is whether the source is sunlight, or artificial.

“Angels of light” are always Satan’s lies.


24 posted on 12/23/2008 8:32:28 AM PST by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks allot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: fwdude

The Almighty via Moses, Book of Exodus.


25 posted on 12/23/2008 8:34:54 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: NYer

Lots of angels stories here — already posted.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2152137/posts


26 posted on 12/23/2008 8:36:46 AM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer

Is it supposed to be the ‘Square Pants Sponge Bob Angel’?


27 posted on 12/23/2008 8:40:33 AM PST by GulfBreeze
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To: NYer

See how the top 1/5th of the image is darker? Someone should tell the photographer to stop taking pictures of the security camera monitor.

That is just sunlight coming through a window onto the wall, and the video camera is clipping the bright part to make it look more solid.


28 posted on 12/23/2008 8:41:32 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: fwdude

Zu Zu, my little gingersnap did.


29 posted on 12/23/2008 8:41:49 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: NYer

I guess I should have read the fine article. It states that it is a picture of a security camera monitor.

Light streaming through a window onto the wall. Interesting effect, though, and doesn’t discount the power of prayer at all.


30 posted on 12/23/2008 8:43:59 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
According to the article ...

“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.”

That would explain the angle.

31 posted on 12/23/2008 8:49:00 AM PST by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: editor-surveyor
Hey man to each his own!

Merry Christmas.

32 posted on 12/23/2008 8:51:02 AM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Please God Save The United States From The Democrats. Amen.)
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To: author

Hospitals are full of angels.

They’re called nurses.


33 posted on 12/23/2008 9:54:08 AM PST by DPMD (~)
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To: NYer; Salamander

I am absolutely sure that there was an angel.

I am equally certain that this is *not* a picture of it.


34 posted on 12/23/2008 9:56:57 AM PST by shibumi (...so if it's organic, where are its organs?)
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To: NYer

It’s probably a relection bouncing off the floor, wall or whatever onto the camera lens but i’m very happy for the girl.
Merry Christmas!!


35 posted on 12/23/2008 10:24:12 AM PST by mowowie
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To: Pistolshot

You might be right about this particular photo. As for me, I have seen my guardian angel already.


36 posted on 12/23/2008 3:09:25 PM PST by bradthebuilder (War is peace; Ignorance is strength; Freedom is slavery)
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To: NYer
Well sparky that is true of many things. But let's try this.

Is there a window in the room to the right?

What was the weather?

What is on the door on the left that is propped open?

What time of day was it?

Was there a truck or some other large object outside the window if there is one?

What time of day was the picture taken. Until those are answered it is just an item in a picture. Of course if people chase water stains and toast marks as images of the Virgin Mary.

37 posted on 12/23/2008 3:18:01 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit.)
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