People in Charlotte are talking about an image caught on a security camera at Presbyterian Hospital.
People at the hospital say the image is an angel standing in the hospital's hallway.
The mother of a 14-year-old patient says her daughter is alive thanks to the angel.
I ran across this video from Dec 24, 2008 and decided to see if I could find how little Chelsea was doing. It was good news to find this almost precisely two years later on Dec 23, 2010 she seems to not only be doing well but has improved. From Girl Doing Well after Visit from Hospital Angel:
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A teenager who recovered from having pneumonia after an angel appeared in her hospital room two years ago, is doing well.
Chelsea Banton still enjoys watching the news coverage of her miraculous recovery two years ago.
"I just think it was divine intervention," said Colleen Banton, her mother.
Chelsea's story caught WBTV's attention when her mother captured an image of an angel on a hospital monitor. The teen was battling pneumonia and wasn't expected to survive.
Colleen still believes it's the angel that saved Chelsea's life.
"In fact, the doctors had said she wasn't coming home," said Colleen.
The image appeared just as doctor's planned to remove Chelsea's ventilator. Within days, her condition improved.
And now the teen, who also has cerebral palsy, is doing better than ever.
As to whether it really was an angel that healed Chelsea, or a sunlight anomaly that was caught on tape at a coincidental timing, it seems would be best answered for the person who holds the belief, disbelief, or even non-belief.
As for me, being a metaphysical practitioner, and enjoying all the mystery this world is capable of, I say it doesn't matter. If it strengthens the faith in the religiously faithful to believe it was an angel, let it be an angel. If it strengthens the belief of the metaphysically inclined, let it be a metaphysical activity. If it should be sheer coincidence, even to that I say, "Okay!"
On Oprah's website I tend to think more along these lines [Page 6; Emphasis mine]:
Indre: This ray of sunlight came in and created the image on the monitor, which was then interpreted by the nurses and by Colleen as an angel. It allowed her to come to terms with the decision that she has just made, which is probably the most difficult decision a parent could ever make. And that was to take her child off of the life support machines. The entire room must have gone from a state of very intense anxiety to acceptance and calm. And given how quickly Chelsea picks up on the emotional atmosphere of the room, I know that she would have responded to this new atmosphere in a much more positive way than she would have to a very tense atmosphere.
And just because I do believe that "what we resist, persists" and that we can affect change and all sorts of positive synchronicities by acceptance more so than by ever 'resisting evil', does not mean it was not an angel or 'just' coincidence. Whatever it was that happened that day, Chelsea Banton began recovering.
I love what Rabbi Irwin Kula told TODAY:
Kula said whether you believe in angels or not, there is a deeper message in Banton’s story. "Even at the very last moment, the very darkest moment, can we actually be open to the new possibilities that are always there?"
I can and I see that as the primary message of this miraculous story.
Who cares why some believe it happened due to a different reason than I do?