Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Hand of God

Some posts far exceed any I could have brought today. Some stories need no embellishing to make them better or more compelling than they are at face value.

This is one such story - the best that Christmas has to offer, and a reminder that Immanuel - God with us - has made His-story (history), and ours, so very personal.

'Hand of God' Seen

Tuesday , December 29, 2009


Mike Hermanstorfer was clutching his pregnant wife's hand when her life slipped away in a Colorado hospital on Christmas Eve, and then he cradled his newborn son's limp body seconds after a medical team delivered the baby by Cesarean section.

Minutes later he saw his son come to life in his arms under the feverish attention of doctors, and soon he learned his wife had inexplicably come back to life.

"My legs went out from underneath me," Hermanstorfer said Tuesday. "I had everything in the world taken from me, and in an hour and a half I had everything given to me."

Hermanstorfer's wife, Tracy, went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing during labor on Thursday, said Dr. Stephanie Martin, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, where the Hermanstorfers had gone for the birth of their son.

"She had no signs of life. No heartbeat, no blood pressure, she wasn't breathing," said Martin, who had rushed to Hermanstorfer's room to help. "The baby was, it was basically limp, with a very slow heart rate."

After their miraculous recovery, both mother and the baby, named Coltyn, appear healthy with no signs of problems, Martin said.

She said she cannot explain the mother's cardiac arrest or the recovery.

"We did a thorough evaluation and can't find anything that explains why this happened," she said.

Mike Hermanstorfer credits "the hand of God."

"We are both believers ... but this right here, even a nonbeliever — you explain to me how this happened. There is no other explanation," he said.

Asked about divine intervention, Martin said, "Wherever I can get the help, I'll take it."

Tracy Hermanstorfer, 33, was getting prepped for childbirth at the hospital Thursday morning and her 37-year-old husband was by her side when she began to feel sleepy and laid back in her bed.

"She literally stopped breathing and her heart stopped," her husband said. Pandemonium erupted as doctors and nurses tried to revive her with chest compressions and a breathing tube, but nothing worked.

"I was holding her hand when we realized she was gone," Hermanstorfer said. "My entire life just rolled out."

Doctors told him, "We're going to take your son out now. We have been unable to revive her and we're going to take your son out," he recalled.

After the Cesarean section, some of the team rushed his wife to the operating room while the others attended to Coltyn.

"They hand him to me, he's absolutely lifeless," Hermanstorfer said. The doctors went to work on Coltyn as Hermanstorfer held him, and soon he began to breath.

"His life began in my hands," Hermanstorfer said. "That's a feeling like none other. Life actually began in the palm of my hands."

Martin said Tracy Hermanstorfer's pulse returned even before she was wheeled out of the room and into surgery. She estimates Hermanstorfer had no heartbeat for about four minutes.

Hermanstorfer remembers getting sleepy and closing her eyes in her hospital bed, then awakening in the intensive care unit.

Friends have asked if she saw a light or had other experiences described by others who have survived near-death experiences, but she didn't.

"I just felt like I was asleep," she said.

When doctors told her what happened, "I'm like, 'Holy cow, was it that bad? Wow."'



~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

God is certainly one to take center stage, isn't HE? I've had my own miracles in life. That was probably the most astounding miracle so far for me to read/hear about. Praise GOD for life!

manthano said...

Looks like God wanted to teach us all

Thanks for the post. And Praise God.

RCUBEs said...

That's a beautiful miracle. Thanks for sharing this awesome story. May God bless you richly as 2010 comes.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sweetie...
What a beautiful story to start the day. God is always close by, and he has a reason for everything that he does. With this story out, look at all the lives that it has touched. He wants us to know HE is alive. I love this story. So beautiful, and so close to CHRISTmas day.

Happy New Year sweetie. We have had a phenomenal year. I so enjoy my visits with you, and I just wanted to thank you for making me feel so welcome each time I come here.

Country hugs and so much love, Sherry

Shirley said...

Wow! I have goosebumps

Debbie said...

It thrills me to hear someone give God the credit. Of course, had these folks been non-believers, it wouldn't have negated God's intercession one bit. We don't know why, but He's given this woman and her child their lives back to live on this earth and that seems like a miracle. We manage to miss or ignore miracles around us daily. I'm very happy for this family.

christy rose said...

What a beautiful story Kathleen! Thanks for sharing it! I can not imagine the feeling of relief beyond all that I have ever experienced that man felt as both lives that were about to be ripped away from him were restored. God is all about restoration!

Patrina said...

first visit. That was a beautiful post for my first. I agree with Debbie, "had they not been believers"...

But this is my continual prayer that those who do not believe, will be touched, by this story, as well as others. (even our blogs)

I pray that God's touch,prick or nudge will awaken those that sleep and cause them to seek.

God is in the business of high walls and prison doors. Just the fact that the story was publicized was an open window to a non-believing world.

What an awesome story. What a power packed opener for talking about the all knowing, all caring God - with an unbeliver.

Amen! to the "Hand of God"


Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Thank you for sharing this story that touched my heart and soul. Another reminder that God can do all things. . .even when man says it's impossible...including instilling life when it seems hopelessly gone!

They call me "Deb" said...

I saw this on TV last night and couldn't help but wonder what powerful plans God must have for this little one!!
God hasn't fallen from the throne - He is still the same yesterday, today and forever.

Terri Tiffany said...

I saw this story on the news and it really moved me. Praise God for this!

Parsley said...

Stopping by for the first time. You have a great blog.

Heart2Heart said...


I got this on the news last night and truly think God is amazing in just how much He loved this family and it will all be used to glorify His name.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Oh, wow. I pray that everyone who sees that story realizes that Miracles are for today. They do happen and God is Amazing!

Winging It said...

I was so tickled, so excited when I read this! I thought of this Matthew 9:8 "But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men."

People hear about this, God is glorified, and you just can't help believing people will come to believe in Him. I mean CHRISTMAS! How unmistakable is that?


Rose said...

I saw this on the news and was just amazed by it. I think my amazement was that it was being called a "miracle" which it was! Praise God that HIS works are magnified in this wonderful story of restoration.

Just a little something from Judy said...

How did I miss this post? What an amazing post it was! I am left speechless as I am sure this husband and wife will be for a long time after going through this life changing event. It reminds me of the verse in Isaiah stating that "God's ways are higher than our ways..." Certainly there are purposes in this happening, and maybe they will share in those purposes someday. Thank you for sharing this event with us.