We often ask God what His purpose is for our lives.
For Lantz Newell, an undeniable answer to that question literally swerved right in front of him and hit a tree.
With his son in the car, he followed God’s immediate response in his own spirit and went to the rescue.
And answering that call saved the life of this teenage girl.
Madison Larson, age 17, is still trying to understand what happened to her that day in the car.
Even doctors remain perplexed. A “seizure” is their best guess, but there is no official known cause of her accident.
What we do know is on this nearly fatal day, Madison was driving in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma when “she had veered over to the side of the highway and hit three trees,” according to her mother.
Lantz Newell had been driving behind Larson when the accident happened.
All had been normal until, suddenly, he watched her swerve and continue 350 feet without using the breaks once, right into the trees. Police reports confirmed this distance later.
“When she pulled in front of us, it was like God was saying, ‘Just stop. Like, this is what you’re supposed to do. Just stop. You’re supposed to be here to help,’” said Newell.
“[I] ran down into the ditch, tried to get into the car, pulled my knife out, started hitting the window trying to break the window.”
When that didn’t work, he got creative and smashed the window with a nearby rock. As soon as he had access, Newell assessed Madison and immediately saw the large piece of dashboard jammed in her mouth.
He worked on carefully removing it while his son called 911.
In the words of her mother, Jennifer Jones, “They saved my baby’s life, if it wasn’t for them she wouldn’t be here today.”
Madison is alive, though the recovery process will not be easy. Through a GoFundMe account, the family was able to raise over $2,000 to help with medical bills. Praise God!
Due to the accident, her largest injuries included a shattered pelvis and femur, along with traumatic brain injury. The brain damage “necessitated the removal of part of her skull to alleviate swelling. But her family still holds out hope,” according to Liftable Media of Western Journal.
The accident and consequent injuries occurred in February.
By May, Maddie’s mom said, “She cries now, and I get excited to hear her cry, and I’m her mom. I shouldn’t be excited, but I hear that voice and it just gives me more hope. We have a long journey ahead of us. We don’t know what we have coming, but she’s here today, and that’s all that matters.”
At this point, Madison is still working toward recovery. The reality of God in the moment when she needed Him most is proof of His faithfulness and that He will continue to be present in this healing journey.
Pray for Madison and her family. Specifically pray for miraculous healing for Maddie as she is still suffering from traumatic brain injury.
Pray for encouragement from people around her, and any other form God chooses to bring it, whether radio, media, or interaction.