Following the “miraculous cure”, West Bloomfield resident Adrian Matthews submitted a chapter in the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles and the Inexplicable.”
WEST BLOOMFIELD — After being involved in a car accident in 1995, West Bloomfield resident Adrian Matthews began having severe headaches, sometimes to the point of going to the hospital for an IV for pain relief.
One evening in 2012, Matthews was admitted to the hospital with a headache, but had an unforeseen emergency unrelated to the aftermath of a car accident.
“I happened to be in the 23-hour monitoring unit at Huron Valley Hospital that night, taking an IV for my headache, and I started vomiting blood and had a pulmonary hemorrhage,” she said. “If I hadn’t been in the hospital yet, I would have drowned in blood.”
Matthews was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation, according to the Mayo Clinic website. According to the Mayo Clinic website, this is an abnormal tangle of blood vessels that connect arteries and veins, and interfere with normal blood flow and oxygen circulation.
“I had a spontaneous pulmonary hemorrhage and that was how it all started,” she said. I went to the University of Michigan and they told me there was nothing I could do, this genetic disease was a genetic disease where my blood vessels were abnormal and there was nothing they could do about it. …In my situation, after they did all the tests, they literally found hundreds of AVMs in both of my lungs, so it was only a matter of time before the next bleed. bottom.”
Matthews said she was on life support for five days, then in intensive care for another week.
She later consulted the Cleveland Clinic, considered a “Center of Excellence” for her particular disorder.
“So we went to a clinic in Cleveland and they said the same thing the U of M did — they said sorry there was nothing they could do. Too many.” I couldn’t control it,” says Matthews. “One doctor called me a time bomb. We were waiting for the next bleed.”
According to Matthews, she needed an oxygen machine 24 hours a day for two years. Because of her medical condition, she made various trips to the Cleveland Clinic.
During one such trip, she heard something that changed her life.
“We went back to the Cleveland Clinic, and after all the tests, the pulmonologist there came into the office. “He said with a big smile, ‘Adrian, do you believe in miracles?’ , completely normal, except for a small amount of scar tissue where the original cauterization was performed.”
Matthews said the Cleveland Clinic told her, “It’s just a matter of divine intervention, because nothing was done and too many doctors looked at those scans and called me a desperate case.” I added that I said
According to Matthews, she no longer needs the oxygen machine and has not had a pulmonary hemorrhage since.
She said she couldn’t believe it after receiving her medical report.
“When you’re sentenced to death, it’s hard to[hear]someone say to you one day, ‘Oh no, it’s over.’ It put us at ease,” Matthews said. “I was told I wouldn’t live to 60, so I was just trying to adjust to the news that I was alive. Years later, when I turned 60, we had a big party. opened. “
Matthews is now 66 years old.
Matthews’ experience was included in a chapter she submitted for her book, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles and the Unexplainable,” which was published last September.
She said her fee was $200 and 10 copies of the book were free.
Neal Chaisson is a physician and pulmonary and critical care specialist at the Cleveland Clinic. He said he met Matthews in 2014.
“I was able to discharge her from our clinic because there was nothing noteworthy on her echocardiogram or no evidence of AVM on further testing,” Chaisson said. I didn’t do any tests before she met me. I know they were anomalous when I read them, so I don’t have a good explanation as to why they were normalized, but the tests are sometimes wrong. Sometimes it gets better naturally, but there’s another reason for that. “
Sharing positive news with patients can be one of the best jobs a doctor can have, he said.
“There is nothing better than being able to tell someone when they show up that their condition is far better than they expected.” It’s hearing people who weren’t doing well doing well 10 years later.”
Matthews said she still has physical ailments from the 1995 car crash, but she said emergency room visits have dropped to “nearly zero” as a result.
After receiving positive news from the Cleveland Clinic, Matthews wanted to share his story with others.
“I had a very amazing, miraculous healing that came out of nowhere. After it happened, I had a very strong voice within me that I needed to write about this experience. I’m not a writer. “So I just sat down and wrote my story and submitted it to ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul.’ Because I knew they were looking for stories about miracles…and I submitted it, and boom, they accepted it.
Matthews was pleasantly surprised when he learned that his chapter submission had been accepted.
“I think it was according to God’s plan,” Matthews said. “I never dreamed they would choose my story.”
Cindy Yessian is a neighbor and friend of Matthews. She recalled when Matthews’ initial medical prognosis was not positive.
“I was surprised and saddened to hear the results. Doctors told her she wouldn’t have very long life because of an untreatable condition,” Yessian said. I wanted to live whatever time I gave her.”
Yessian shared her reaction after learning of the positive reports Matthews received from the Cleveland Clinic.
“I was thrilled and shocked,” she said. “We have a loving God who can work miracles in his own way when he pleases. She is doing well years later. … She is alive They are not only in the biblical past, they are with us every day if we know where to look for them.”
Matthews’ current take is, “I certainly believe in miracles,” but there have been rough patches in her journey of faith.
In 2004, her 19-year-old son and only child, who were sophomores at Alma University, died “very suddenly” from a heart virus.
“After his very sudden and unexpected death, my faith really waned, but after his death my miracle happened,” Matthews said. God what are you doing to me you took my son away I have no joy in my life because I cannot work due to a closed head injury My life has no purpose I don’t even understand why I’m here And he turns around and takes it all away He cures me So you go from the depths of despair to the highest heights am.”
Matthews grew up in Dearborn Heights and attended the Dearborn Divine Child.
He then attended Bowling Green State University before earning a master’s degree in social work at Indiana University.
Being part of the “Chicken Soup for the Heart” book helped give her life a new direction.
“It was very cool. I think the coolest thing was that after the book came out, it went viral,” Matthews said. “Being able to share these stories and see everyone’s reactions is the coolest thing I’ve ever felt. Suddenly I feel like I have a real purpose in life. …Suddenly I felt alive again.I have this purpose.My purpose is to tell the story of God’s love and the miracles He gives us.”
“Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles and the Unexplainable” can be found at amazon.com.