Amber Satterwhite, now 22, enjoys watching movies and listening to music, evidencing a recovery from an extended seizure and brain damage she suffered at the age of 14 -- a recovery nurtured by the love and sacrifice of Miami pastor Ron Satterwhite and his wife, Melody. Photo courtesy of the Florida Baptist Witness
MIAMI (BP)--On Christmas Eve 1995, the entire Satterwhite family gathered at 14-year-old Amber's bedside in a South Carolina hospital. A noisy respirator delivering air to her lungs, a feeding tube in her nose and the earnest prayers of her family were the only signs of life.
Amber's 11-year-old brother, Dean, had roamed the hallways of the intensive care unit, crying and upset, earlier in the evening. He had been told the inevitable. Amber would not wake up.
Gone were the days when he and Amber and their 16-year-old sister Jennifer would sit in front of the tree on Christmas morning, tearing apart their presents. Gone was the sweet innocence of a pesky brother's adoration of his energetic sibling.