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Strategies for Living is a daily radio/podcast program hosted by Family Therapist David McMillian dedicated to helping listeners improve their quality of living in body, mind and spirit. Strategies presents topical issues featuring interviews with some of today's leading authors on topics ranging from healthy relationships to healthy lifestyles, from effective parenting to developing positive attitudes... [more]


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Stuti's Story; A local Miracle/ David McMillian
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 8:07am

One of the best things about doing this column, the radio program, and the cable TV/YouTube program is getting to meet people I wouldn’t otherwise chance to meet and hearing their stories. Some of those stories have moved me, caused me to rethink things I thought I knew, some have given me hope and inspiration, and some have brought tears.  I recently met Ajay Jawahar, interviewed him on TV and radio, and you know what; he and his story did all of the above.  Today, I want to share some of the Jawahar family story with you; it’s the story of a miracle and it happened right here.

 

On January 15, 2013, the day started like many other days, except for the winter weather. It was not severe enough to cancel school, and Ajay remembers joking around the breakfast table that morning with 17 year old daughter Stuti about having to go to school that day; no school breaks today, classes will be in session.  In a matter of hours, Ajay experienced every parent’s worst nightmare. He went from seeing Stuti, the lively young woman, a senior at Byrd with a very bright future to a battered and helpless child in the Emergency Room fighting for her very life.  Stuti’s heart was beating, but her brain wasn’t working well at all; a machine even had to breathe for her.  The Glasgow Coma scale, a measure Ajay knew well because he’s a neurosurgeon, goes from 3 to 15.  A 3 is essentially lifeless and a 15 is normal; Stuti was a 4, which made the chance of recovery somewhere between slim and none.

 

Ajay recalled his visit with the chief of neurosurgery after he examined Stuti, a meeting where the chief walked slowly up to Ajay and gave him a hug, not something that a doctor typically does when there is any good news or hope for treatment success.  Now Ajay has to go tell Stuti’s mother the grim news about their daughter.  Mom Lisa is also in the medical profession, so he knows he can’t fool her. Ajay has to tell her the truth and he gets himself ready to do just that.  When he goes into the room, his mouth opens to tell her and what comes out, he says downloaded and were not his words, “She’s going to be alright.”  He’s astounded hearing what has just come from his own lips.

 

Three weeks pass, Stuti is still unresponsive and in the Intensive Care Unit, and Lisa and Ajay are sitting with her one morning, Lisa holding Stuti’s hand.  All of a sudden, Stuti lifts Lisa’s hand up to her own cheek and with mom’s hand caresses her own cheek.  Lisa is astounded.  She asks Ajay if he saw what just happened; he did, but thought it was Lisa who was doing the movement. Lisa puts her hand down, asks Stuti to do it again, and she does! A miracle?  The doctors and nurses can’t explain it and that’s really what a miracle is.  Weeks pass by, Stuti has not repeated her movement, and her aunt challenges her to give them a sign.  Stuti holds her thumb up in that gesture we all know that says “it’s going to be all right.  Another miracle?  Maybe Stuti is a miracle.  Some of her professors at Centenary College, where she’s today pursuing a degree in psychology probably think so.  There’s a lot more to this story, so I encourage you to get a copy of Ajay Jawahar’s book Thumbs Up; God’s Love Endures Forever (2015, self-published and available from Amazon.com, at Bitter Sweet Flowers & Gifts in Bossier City or Yarns on Youree in Shreveport). 

 

Listen to the podcast and watch the YouTube video at www.strategiesforliving.com on the home page in the article on Stuti.  Miracles do happen; God’s love shines!

 
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