Every day, we’re confronted with discouraging headlines about sickness, war and tragedy. The constant bad news can challenge our faith and tempt us to surrender all hope.
Once in a while, however, a life-changing experience comes along to brighten our perspective right when we need it most.
Initially, all hope seemed lost when Tina Hines dropped to the ground during a morning walk in Phoenix, Arizona.
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I am sharing this because many have asked and want to know more. If you’d like you can watch my aunt and uncle meeting the paramedics who saved her on the link in my bio. While my Aunt’s story has impacted me in ways I can’t explain, I was not there when my Aunt collapsed. My Uncle Brian, my cousin Tatum, and their friend Jeff were there when she collapsed in her Arizona driveway. They were getting ready for a hike one second, and the next second saw my Aunt unconscious on the ground. My Uncle Brian and Jeff immediately did chest compressions before first responders arrived. My cousin Tatum watched as her dad tried to save her mom. In fact, paramedics stated she had no pulse and was shocked five times (I thought four). I hope to share more parts of the story soon, through the eyes of others who were there.
“Her eyes didn’t close, and they were rolled back in her head. She was purple and not making any noise or breathing,” Brian Hines, Tina’s husband, told KPHO-TV.
Tina was in otherwise perfect health, making the sudden cardiac arrest even more shocking. Brian called 911 and administered CPR, which seemed to save his wife’s life before her heart stopped again.
“We ended up shocking her three times on scene and two en route,” a firefighter who was on the scene said. “I’ve never shocked anyone five times.”
Once at the hospital, Tina was placed on a defibrillator. However, the odds that she would recover seemed slim. Tina was dead for 27 minutes in total.
Tina’s niece, Madie Johnson, shared the incredible moments that followed in an emotional Instagram caption.
“She was put on a defibrillator and after miraculously waking up the first thing she did, unable to speak because she was intubated, was ask for a pen and in my cousins journal wrote ‘it’s real,'” Johnson’s caption reads.
At first, no one in the room understood what the two words meant.
When asked what was “real,” Tina lifted her hand, “pointing up to heaven with tears in her eyes.”
Tina later explained that she saw Jesus standing before black gates. The scene was comforting, lit with a bright yellow glow.
“It was so real,” Tina said. “It was almost like that vision of the sun, and then Jesus standing there.”
After being released from the hospital, Tina and her husband visited the paramedics, firefighters and even the 911 operator who helped save her life that morning. Those who had been present that day agreed that Tina’s recovery was miraculous.
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(sharing because this story is too cool not to share) A little over a year ago my Aunt Tina, one of the most amazing, discerning, and healthy people I know had an unexpected cardiac arrest and according to doctors had died and was brought back to life four times by my Uncle Brian and first responders before arriving to the hospital. She was put on a defibrillator and after miraculously waking up the first thing she did, unable to speak because she was intubated, was ask for a pen and in my cousins journal wrote “it’s real”. The people in the room asked “what’s real?” and she responded by pointing up to heaven with tears in her eyes. Her story is too real not to share and has given me a stronger confidence in a faith that so often goes unseen. It has given me a tangibleness to an eternal hope that is not too far away. I love you @_tinahines! The way you boldly love Jesus and others has changed the way I hope to live and love❤️
“It’s one of those calls that none of us will ever forget,” a rescuer on the scene said. “I was a witness to a miracle is the way I look at it.”
Tina’s niece decided to get a permanent reminder that “it’s real.” Tattoo artist Suede Silver recreated Tina’s handwriting on Johnson’s wrist.
“Her story is too real not to share and has given me a stronger confidence in a faith that so often goes unseen,” Johnson wrote.
“It has given me a tangibleness to an eternal hope that is not too far away. I love you @_tinahines! The way you boldly love Jesus and others has changed the way I hope to live and love.”
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