Teen Escapes Death After Hospital Video Captures Images of What the Family Believes Was an Angel-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

A forwarded email about the story of how a little girl at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina miraculously recovered from cancer after an angel was seen on a video surveillance monitor.

The Truth:

According to a Today Show story posted on the MSNBC on December 23, 2008, this happened in September 2008 but some of the facts in the eRumor are wrong.

Fourteen year old Chelsea Barton was born five weeks prematurely which resulted in developmental disabilities and serious health problems all her life.    She was connected to life support at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina for pneumonia and the doctors had told her mother, Colleen Barton, that there was no hope for young Chelsea’s recovery.

14 year old Chelsea Barton at Presbyterian Hospital

The Barton family gathered one last time in Chelsea’s hospital room to say their goodbyes and the order was giving to disconnect her from the life support system and “just let nature take its course.”

According to the MSNBC Story, it appeared that Chelsea had another visitor just after the life support was disconnected.  “As her mother waited for the girl to take her last breath, an image of bright light appeared on a security monitor. Within an hour, the dying girl began a recovery that doctors are at a loss to explain.”

Photo of strange light in the form of an angel from Colleen Barton’s cell phone

Colleen Barton and other workers noticed an image of an angel in light on the security surveillance monitor near the hospital room door and Barton managed to capture the image with her cell phone camera.   Barton told MSNBC that at first she thought that it was the angel of death coming to take her daughter but shortly afterwards Chelsea Barton started showing signs of improvement.

According to the story, “It would be another two months before Chelsea finally left the hospital to return home, where she is about to celebrate her 15th birthday as well as Christmas. Her mother is convinced that Chelsea was saved by divine intervention.”

Click here for MSNBC story with video

updated 12/26/08

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

FW: Angel at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte , NC

Someone at Presbyterian told me Sunday at church about this picture and how everyone at Presby is talking about it. I keep up with a little girl who has cancer on Caringbridge and her mother posted this on Ellie’s site today. It was sent to her to encourage them as they fight for Elle’s life.

A couple of Wednesdays ago, I got an evening phone call from the pediatric ICU at Presbyterian Hospital , where I work as a child life specialist. Usually when they call at night, it means something bad has happened. This, however, was different. My coworker told me that the most amazing thing had just happened and she just had to call to tell me.

We had a patient who has really grown up in and out of the hospital. All the staff knows her and her family. She had been in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for about a month, and had been intubated – on life support. She was not doing well. The doctors had approached mom about taking her off life support the Saturday before. Mom was okay with it, and said that she’d been through so much and if was her time to go she wanted to honor that. So they had taken her off.

It was Wednesday and she was still alive. Amazing. The doctors approached mom about taking off her oxygen mask. Mom was supportive, and began praying over her daughter. The mother of another young patient who was in the bed next to her began praying with her.

The nurse practitioner went to the nurses’ station to chart that she had taken off the oxygen mask. While doing so, she looked up at the security monitor that videotapes the double doors leading into the PICU. It records anyone who may be waiting outside the doors to get in since it is a secure unit. She saw a man standing there, and it looked a little funny to her, so she decided to walk down the hall to open the double doors personally. When she opened them, no one was standing there.

She walked back down to the nurses station to finish charting, assuming he had walked away, but saw him still standing there on the monitor. So she opened the doors with a button near the nurses’ station and leaned over to see him walk in, but no one was standing there.

She pulled over another nurse and both stood staring at this man on the monitor and opening the doors to find no one there. The nurse practitioner leaned in closely to look at the man on the monitor and said, ‘Oh my gosh. That’s an angel. You can see his wings!’

They said that the sun starting shining so brightly and the whole PICU was strangely filled with light. They said he was a tall man and you could see wings behind him.

They pulled over all the staff of the PICU and the two praying mothers and everyone was staring at this man on the monitor and opening the doors to find no one there. Crying, everyone pulled out their camera phones to take pictures, but no one could get it to show up on their camera. The mother of the girl pulled out her camera phone and finally got a picture of the angel who was guarding the doors to the PICU. He turned out as a man of light. I have attached the picture from her phone.

The girl was later discharged from the hospital to go home.
A Miracle.

This story makes me so grateful for the way that God reveals himself to us, and the how Great He is really is. We have much to be thankful for this holiday.