Ashley Stevens along with four friends was on her way in a car, when a large truck smacked into their car.
As a result of this accident, the other four women sustained minor injuries while Ashley was critically injured. She was rushed to a hospital in a life-threatening situation.
Ashley sustained major head injuries, which caused significant swelling and bleeding in her brain along with various other injuries.
Ashley’s fiancé, Brad Stevens, was informed by a hospital staff member saying” Get to the hospital now, Ashley’s in critical condition.” Meanwhile Father Robert Matya, a priest of their acquaintance rushed to meet the other injured women iniltially but after learning about the critical condition of Ashley he rushed to the hospital to be with Brad.
Fr. Matya recalled, “I remember very distinctly arriving at the hospital, and Brad and I went in to sit down with the doctor, who told us that he didn’t think it was going to be possible that Ashley would survive at that point. He was just trying to be honest with us.”
It was around 10 in the morning. However, by 3 p.m., Ashley was being taken to the operation theatre for surgery. Father Matya stayed with Brad and Ashley in the ICU that night.
Prayers were being offered by dozens of friends and family members. Ashley, who was unconscious initially but started recovering after a month says, “I was submerged in prayers. People I didn’t even know were surrounding me with prayers that I’m so thankful for.”
“It’s amazing seeing God’s love through so many instruments you know when you’re quite literally helpless.”
Gradually, Ashley started showing improvements, although it was initially uncertain precisely how healed she could be as she had a stroke while at hospital and it was unsure whether she’d ever be able to walk again.
“I can’t even imagine Brad, and my parents just sitting by, not knowing if I’m going to make it and if I did, what would be the end result? How much of Ashley would they get back, would he get back?” she said.
“Spiritually I am overwhelmed by the huge support I have received from all over the country. I feel consoled during a moment of great trial.Great moments of comfort, peace, and love: “I opened my eyes and looked at my parents and Brad that was huge.”