Ema McKinley: A Medically-Proven Miracle

The medical world does miracles all of the time for those who are suffering, but for 18 years, they could not do one for Ema McKinley. 

It was an Easter weekend when an ordinary workday turned into a nightmare. Ema passed out and was left hanging upside down in a department store storage room. Her life was spared, but major damage throughout her body had been done.           

Instead of improving after the accident, Ema’s body became progressively bent and disfigured. Doctors diagnosed Ema with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), an extremely painful, trauma-induced disease that led to Ema’s hand and foot deformities, painful sores, curvature of the neck and spine, heart and lung failure, and permanent confinement to a wheelchair.           

Once an athletic, powerful woman with multiple jobs and volunteer positions, Ema became a modern-day Job who lost everything except her faith and desire to trust God more fully. Ema wrestled with pain, anger, and unforgiveness because it wasn’t just a body now “permanently” rigid at a 90-degree angle, but a life that had taken an unexpected direction, as well.  

Then what the medical world could only call a miracle happened on Christmas Eve, 2011. Her caregivers had gone home for the night, and Ema’s wheelchair somehow turned over. She fell hard on the floor or her apartment, her wheelchair lifeline careening away. She could not help herself up and her good arm was trapped under her body.  She could not move.  In excruciating pain, thinking this was the end, she called out to the literally the only one who could help.  After eight and a half hours pinned on the floor, Jesus appeared to Ema in a sudden shock of brightness.  

Here’s a brief excerpt from the her book, Rush of Heaven

There were no words. I simply stared, shook, and sobbed. For the first time in all these years I was flexing my fingers. Me—controlling my own hand!           

The same powerful current that coursed through my foot and hand now began to straighten my neck. If the other bones cracked loud, that was nothing compared to the sound in my ears. But let the bones crack. I didn’t care. Because Jesus was here. And that same healing heat now made its way from the top of my neck to the bottom of my spine.  His power… flowing… growing… Jesus was straightening my body!           

The next thing I knew, I was on my back. Had Jesus put me there? He must have because I didn’t remember rolling over. I didn’t think I could. I melted into the floor, smitten. All his.  Jesus had fixed my hand, my foot, and now my neck and spine. He’d loved me from head to toe. Trusted me with the biggest miracle I’d ever heard of. 

The biggest miracle indeed.  Ema knew God gave her this miracle to share with others.   

Fully documented by the Mayo Clinic, and filled with photos and medical records, God did more than birth a book, but He gave her a Christmas miracle that no one could have expected.  

"He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand." (Psalm 40:2) 

These were the words Jesus spoke to Ema on that Christmas Eve before He straightened her crooked foot, hand, neck, and spine. And while Ema and her writer Cheryl Ricker are certainly “Someone to Know,” how can the bearers of something so miraculous do anything but point to the real some ONE to know this holiday season and throughout the year? The miracle giver is the One to know. 

You can watch Ema's interview with the 700 Club here: http://www.cbn.com/tv/2055196022001

Read more at: http://www.rushofheaven.com/home.html

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