Two-year-old Brock Hillensbeck went to church with his grandmother who sings in the choir. During choir practice, to occupy the toddler’s attention, someone handed Brock a wooden drumstick. Brock, as any curious toddler would, carried the stick with him as he explored church property. A church member discovered Brock lying on the ground. He had fallen and bloodied his nose. The drumstick lay beside him. Without anyone realizing it at the time, the drumstick was in Brock’s mouth when he fell. The stick perforated the back of his throat and clipped one of Brock’s carotid arteries that carries blood to the head and brain. A clot then traveled to Brock’s brain, causing a stroke. Brock wasn’t expected to survive even after a successful surgery to relieve pressure on Brock’s brain. Brock’s parents were originally told that if he lived, he might spend two months in the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), another month in a step-down unit and two to four months in outpatient rehabilitative therapy. No one could predict how Brock’s brain would respond to such serious injury. Brock made a miraculous recovery. As it turned out, Brock spent four days in the step down unit and six weeks in therapy. “Brock walked out holding my hand,” says his mom, Shonda, adding, “God does work miracles. If you need reassurance that He is still working miracles, come take a look at my son.” Here is Brock taking some of his first steps after returning home from the hospital.
To read Brock’s complete story and more OLOL Children’s Hospital blessings and miracles from the 2013 Wee Believe holiday issue visit http://www.ololchildrens.com/body.cfm?id=127&fr=true