There’s a magic energy that’s created when women come together, the world changes.
This powerful woman movement was palpable last Thursday night when hundreds of women gathered at Linc church for the quarterly Sisterhood evening to hear the inspirational and purposeful message of guest speaker Jaci Mun-Gavin.
The mother of seven who is also a published author has inspired thousands of people with renewed hope and faith with the story of her 13-year-old daughter Kiara Mun-Gavin and her miraculous recovery.
Kiara suffered a severe brain injury in a serious accident last Christmas Eve when a motorbike smashed through the passenger side window of the vehicle she and her mother were travelling in and directly impacted her head.
It was a story that gripped South Africa and Jaci’s post detailing the horrific crash shortly went viral on social media, with many people across the country and abroad rallying together to pray for the 13-year-old’s recovery.
Jaci, who is a senior pastor alongside her husband Richard at Anthem Church in Durban North, spoke about her emotional journey of finding strength and hope in the midst of pain and hopelessness in the dark hours following her daughter’s horrific accident and the overwhelming support and prayers she and her family received during Kiara’s recovery.
The accident left her daughter with a fractured skull, with some of the bone fragments lodged in her brain.
The gravely injured teen underwent two surgeries within 12 hours, not only to reconstruct her skull but to remove a section of her skull when her brain began to swell.
Jaci said Kiara slipped into a level two coma on Boxing Day, meaning there was no measurable brain activity.
“Her brain was severely swollen for 70 hours and her initial injury became a global brain injury. Doctors warned that the highest probability was for the worst outcome, and we brought the children to say goodbye. Her brain had switched off and her heart was shutting down.
“In that time her brain swelling was so severe that there was insufficient oxygen reaching her brain.
“Doctors told us that if she did not die, she would either be a ‘sleeping beauty’, suffer severe brain damage, or have stroke-like symptoms.”
Yet faith remained and Jaci, her family and friends never gave up on hope as they continued to pray for Kiara’s recovery.
On January 1, eight days after the accident the Mun-Gavins’s prayers were answered when their daughter was successfully brought out of the coma and started on the road to full recovery.
“We go to sleep at night, knowing we have a daughter. She is alive. She is beautiful. She is ours.”
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