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Just before he was officially declared brain-dead that November evening, the image of a white dove in flight was seen on the window of Joe's room at DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton.
His mother, Kimberly Mount, and his grandmother, Sherry Boland, a longtime nurse at the hospital, believe it to be a miracle.
"God left a sign that he is with us in our most difficult moments ... and it's still there," exclaimed Mount last week, as the window glass with the image intact was uncrated by hospital officials for the family's inspection.
Pam Southall's worried face relaxed and there was a positive glimmer of a hopeful smile as nurse Gene Underwood, in green hospital scrubs with an oxygen tank slung over one shoulder, pointed to a faint whitish image inside the newly installed glass panel on the wall of the critical care waiting room at DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton.
He explained that the image - more difficult now to see because of glare off the protective glass cover - was inexplicably imprinted on the outside of a window in the unit where 17-year-old Joe Boland had just died last Nov. 1 of injuries suffered in a one-car accident.
The appearance of the dove, a universal sign of peace and …
Staff, Patients' FamiliesInspired by Dove Image by Harvey Wildt For some, the dove is a universal symbol of peace, for others it is the sign of the Holy Spirit. When the imageof a dove appeared suddenly in an ICU patient room lastfall at SSM DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton, MO, itbrought comfort and inspiration to many.For many DePaul employees, it reaffirmed thespiritual aspect of their work. For the family of 17-year-old Joe Boland, it instilled a sense of lasting peacedespite the grief of a tragic situation.
At dusk, thefamily noticedthe perfectlyformed image ofa dove on thewindow of Joe'sroom at DePaul.The family tookit as a sign fromGod. "That wasthe miracle weprayed for," saidSherry Boland."Kimberly'ssister, Maria,spotted it first," recalled Sherry. "It seemed to be glow-ing in the twilight." Imposed on the outside of thethird floor window was the life-sized image of a dove,its head, beak, body and wings clearly defined. Noone heard a bird hitting the window, and no injuredbird was found outside.The dove image was especially meaningful for thefamily because of its similarity to a print given to Joeby his mother just months before.
Originally posted by AlchemicalBinoculars
This also happened with Hermione Granger when she had her bluebird charm attack Ron Weasley.
Magic. Not miracle.