They say you don’t use everything you learn in school.
In fact, many will claim you ultimately use very little of what you learn in school.
But when it comes to prevention and life-saving techniques, you never know when such lessons will come in handy.
Just ask 14-year-old Katie Murphy, who heard about the warning signs of stroke during a class at St. John’s Lutheran School. Let’s just say it’s a damn good thing she was paying attention.
As it turns out, heeding the lecture is exactly what saved her mother’s life.
And once again, we learn that in fact, miracles really DO happen every day.
“This past week at Lannon, Wisconsin’s St. John’s Lutheran School, teacher Beth Tomlin taught Murphy’s class the precursor signs of what someone might experience when they’re having a stroke.
These symptoms include speech difficulty, arm weakness, and face drooping, according to medicinenet.com.
And thankfully for Murphy, she paid attention to the lesson.
Two days after Tomlin’s lecture, Murphy noticed that her mom, Christa Murphy, was exhibiting some unusual signs.
Murphy said her mom asked her to help put toothpaste on her toothbrush, and shortly thereafter she realized her mother’s speech was off. That’s when the lightbulb went on:
‘Her speech was all mixed up … I was like, ‘Maybe she’s having a stroke.’”
That’s when Katie called 911 and told the dispatcher her mother might be in the midst of a stroke. In fact, that’s exactly what was happening.
Later, the hospital told Katie’s mother, Christa, that she did indeed have a stroke and that’s when she knew her daughter had saved her life:
“I’m extremely blessed to be sitting here today.”
Lucky coincidence? Or something more? Believers will undoubtedly go with the latter explanation, and we’re totally on board with that.
We try to pay attention when God speaks through men…and children.