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God's miracles “Miraculous Recovery”

Abigail Witchalls, the young mother who was left paralysed after she was stabbed four years ago, has spoken for the first time (today on 27th April 2009) since the attack. 
 
Deeply religious Abigail Witchalls, who prayed to God to help her and made trips to Lourdes in France, was previously only able to communicate by blinking.
 
She has regained enough speech to be able to dictate a chapter for a book about the French holy site Lourdes, which the deeply religious mother-of-two has visited with her family.


Pilgrimage ... Abigail and Benoit in Lourdes

Abigail was 26 and pregnant with her second child when she was stabbed in the neck while pushing her 21-month-old son Joseph in his buggy through the village of Little Bookham in Surrey.
 
For months after the attack that left her paralysed from the neck down, Abigail communicated by blinking.
 
But she has now managed to speak the occasional word, and has recovered enough to reveal her feelings about the brutal attack.
 
'Since my spinal injury, I had prayed to God for healing,' Abigail said.
 
'He did heal me. Not physically, but He freed me to love life and to know daily the joy I had longed for. This is one of God's miracles.'


Abigail Witchalls: Abigail Witchall, and husband Benoit with sons Joseph at the baptism of their baby Dominic in 2005

 
Abigail also spoke fondly of Lourdes, a place she visited as a healthy 19-year-old.
 
'I had come to try and help those less fortunate than myself,' she said.
 
'To my surprise, I find that I have more to give now that I'm paralysed than I did when I was able-bodied.'
 
Amazingly, after the stabbing attack, Abigail gave birth to her second son, Dominic, five weeks early on November 11, 2005.
 
'God's work': Abigail, with sons Joseph and newborn Dominic, and her husband, pictured after the attack, has regained her speech four years later.
 


'God's work': Abigail, with sons Joseph and newborn Dominic, and her husband, pictured after the attack, has regained her speech four years later


She lives with her husband Benoit, Dominic and Joseph in a specially adapted bungalow in Little Bookham.
 
Abigail's attacker is widely thought to have been Richard Cazaly, a 23-year-old local who had been high on drugs and alcohol.
 
Police say he would have been charged over the attack but he committed suicide shortly afterwards.
  
Abigail's mother Professor Sheila Hollins has been open about her struggle to forgive her daughter's assailant.
 
In a rare broadcast interview late last year, she said: ‘If anyone was to forgive, it would be for my daughter to forgive.’

Admin Note: Thank you, Mrs Witchalls, for your brave witness to what it means to be truly blessed as you have literally spoken this time, which is a significant milestone in your recovery as doctors said that you had lost the power of speech forever.

Scenes from Lourdes
The Lourdes Hymn

Protect us, while telling,
Thy praises we sing,
In faithful hearts dwelling,
Christ Jesus, our King,
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria,
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

Thou cam’st to redeem us,
A pure Maiden’s child,
Pure bodies beseem us,
And hearts undefiled,
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria,
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

And thou, ever glorious
‘Midst children of Eve,
God’s Mother victorious,
Our praises receive,
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria,
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

Though thee, who all graces,
Canst win from thy Son,
For these our poor praises
Acceptance be won,
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria,
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

And while we revere Her,
Chaste Mother and Maid,
Emmanuel, hear Her,
And lend us thine aid,
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria,
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

 
By  Aquilla



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