It was the morning of September 20, 2006. Jeff Markin recalls heading for work as usual. What he doesn’t remember is driving himself to the hospital.
Somehow Jeff made it. Once he got there, he collapsed.
The ER staff worked on Jeff for 40 minutes.
They shocked him a dozen times. Despite their efforts, there was no response.
Once Dr. Crandall decided the team had done everything medically possible, he called the time of death.
“I walked out through the door to this emergency room and I heard this voice say, ‘Turn around and pray for this man.’ I wanted to ignore that voice because I said to myself, How can I pray for that man? He’s dead he’s gone. There’s no life in him, so I keep walking. The voice came back again and said, ‘Turn around and pray for that man.’ I stopped and thought I need to honor the Lord. So I turned around at the doorway, and I walked to the side of the body.”
“And I stood there next to the corpse and I opened my mouth and these words came out:” ‘Father God, I cry out for this man’s soul. If he does not know you as his Lord and Savior, Father, raise him from the dead now, in Jesus name.‘”
Dr. Crandall continues, “The other doctor walked in the room and I pointed to him and said, ‘Shock this man one more time.’ He looked at me and said, ‘Dr. Crandall, we can’t shock him. He’s dead. There’s no life in him. He’s gone.’ I said, ‘For me, shock him one more time.’ That doctor out of respect and honor for me went over to that body with those defibrillator paddles and put his paddles on that patient and shocked him. Immediately an instant heartbeat came back. Instant perfect, regular, which we’ve never seen before. Then suddenly this abdomen started moving and starting breathing and then a couple moments later, the fingers started twitching.”
They immediately moved Jeff to the intensive care unit. Three days later, Jeff woke up with no evidence of brain or organ damage.
Dr. Crandall says, “When I came in Monday morning, Jeff was sitting up in bed, and I said, ‘Where were you that day that I prayed for you in the emergency room?’ And he said, ‘I was in total darkness and I was so disappointed.’ I said, ‘Jeff, what were you disappointed about?’ He said, ‘I was alone for eternity.'”
Jeff recalls, “He asked me at that time if I was willing to accept God into my life and into my heart and I did. I just opened my arms and accepted God. It was just a very emotional time and I remember crying in his arms.”
Today Jeff is back at work and gets regular check-ups with Dr. Crandall.
“He still has no heart problems or residual complications from his brush with death,” Dr. Crandall says.
Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.
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