Mickey and Amy Clark will never forget Oct. 11, 2015, the day that their 2-year-old daughter, Brynn Clark, fell off a stool and hit her head on the floor.
That one moment in time catapulted the family into a whirlwind of trauma and miracles that they believe was orchestrated by God.
“She was crying as I held her, and all of a sudden she just started throwing up,” Mickey told the Cleveland Daily Banner.
Mickey and his wife rushed their baby girl to the hospital where Dr. Timothy Strait, a neurosurgeon at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, just happened to pop into work to check a few emails.
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Strait immediately diagnosed Brynn with a traumatic brain injury — an epidural hematoma — and operated on the girl who he believed was just minutes away from dying.
“It was a Sunday, so all doctors are off besides the on-call doctor — the hospital is about half shut down,” Amy told the Cleaveland Banner.
“The fact that Dr. Strait had just happened to come in and check on some things that day right at the time when we needed him most, that was a definite provision from God.”
The Clark family sat stunned as Strait delivered the news that Brynn was unlikely to live. If she did pull through, chances were high that she would be in a vegetative state for life.
“We were not expecting life threatening by any means,” Amy said. “When he looked at us and said that he wasn’t hopeful at all, we were just speechless.”
The Clark family began to cover their daughter in prayer, asking with confidence and boldness that God would heal their daughter.
As Brynn was moved from the pediatric intensive care unit to a recovery room, Mickey remembered a seemingly unimportant detail — an Alabama college football game was on.
Brynn was an Alabama fan mostly just to irritate her father, who was a Tennessee football fan.
“Look baby, Alabama just scored,” Mickey said to his daughter, figuring she had no idea what was happening around her.
“Me roll Tide,” the toddler replied.
Those three words became the family’s battle cry as they knew that God was answering their prayers in a miraculous way.
“It told us two things. One, she spoke. Two, she had a memory. She comprehended and had a memory of that,” Amy said. “That was so many answers just in that one little phrase.”
“We love that her little tag line ‘Me roll Tide’ goes along with rolling in the crimson tide of Jesus’ blood.
“He paid a debt and we want people to see that in us, and give glory to God when lives are changed. It’s only through his blood that lives are changed.”
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Brynn was moved out of the Chattanooga hospital and sent to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Scottish Rite for continued therapy.
It was there that therapists found a stunning difference in Brynn’s hearing — her levels were somehow normal for the first time in her life. Brynn had always worn hearing aids after she was born with cochlear damage that left her with mild hearing loss in her right ear and moderate in the left.
Mickey and Amy have no way to explain their daughter’s sudden hearing improvement other than the miraculous hand of God.
When the Clark family thanked Strait for his hand in saving their daughter’s life, he summed up the miracle of Brynn’s life with one simple sentence: “No man of this earth has saved this baby’s life.”