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3 Year Old Boy ‘Risen From The Dead’ On Easter Weekend As Doctors Prepared To Switch Off His Life Support 

3 Year Old Boy ‘Risen From The Dead’ On Easter Weekend As Doctors Prepared To Switch Off His Life Support 

A toddler battling lung cancer ‘rose from the dead‘ as doctors prepared to switch off his life support and made a full recovery, his family have revealed.

Three-year-old Dylan Askin’s parents said their final goodbyes to their son after being told he would never recover after his organs failed.

A month earlier he was diagnosed with Pulmonary Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, a rare form of lung cancer which causes cysts to appear on the lungs.

Dylan taken on Christmas Day 2015 Nottingham Queens Medical Centre when first taken ill CREDIT: DAVE EVITTS / SWNS.COM

Just as doctors prepared to switch off the youngster’s life support machine, his parents saw him wriggling in bed which proved he had brain function.

He was kept on life support and after several more weeks in intensive care, Dylan was allowed home.

He is now fully recovered and is back home with his parents, Kerry, 29, and Mike, 36, and brothers Bryce, six, and Logan, four months, in Shelton Lock, South Derbys.

Kerry, who runs an art business, said:

“He was clearly suffering and his oxygen levels had plummeted when the consultant asked us to make the decision to switch off his life support machine on Good Friday.

“It seemed like a miracle he had survived that long, his CT scans from January when his lungs first collapsed showed he shouldn’t have lived through that.

“Mike and I were just thinking of his brothers, thinking whether we were being selfish hanging on to him when he must be suffering so much.

“He’s so close to his brothers it was such a hard decision, but the doctors said his organs were failing and there was nothing they could do.

“His temperature was fluctuating through the night and his heart rate was at 200, we were just waiting for him to enter cardiac arrest – as awful as that sounds.

“So we baptised him and said our final goodbyes and at 8am on the Saturday they turned his muscle sedatives off in preparation for the ventilator to be switched off.  

But when they did that suddenly he started struggling in his bed. We thought he was brain dead from oxygen starvation, so he shouldn’t have been moving.

“Then the consultant rushed in and said his blood tests showed his organs weren’t failing.

“We were trying not to be hopeful, but we just sat by him and hoped and over the weekend he got stronger and stronger.

“We had told Bryce that Dylan wasn’t coming back, so when we explained that he had got better Dylan said: ‘Oh, so he’s like Jesus then.’

“I said, ‘you’re not wrong’. He had just risen from the dead.”

Dylan’s lungs collapsed last Christmas Day and he was rushed to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

A CT scan revealed cysts on Dylan’s lungs had burst and were starving his organs of oxygen, but medics were baffled as to what had caused it.

He made a recovery and was discharged on January 7, but five days later his right lung collapsed.

His chest was drained and he was discharged on February 1, but a week later he collapsed at nursery again and had to be given life saving CPR.

Dylan’s lungs collapsed last Christmas Day CREDIT: DAVE EVITTS / SWNS.COM

Kerry said:

“It took me three attempts to call for an ambulance, as the first two times they didn’t even send anyone out.

“Luckily Caroline Blake, who works at the nursery, managed to keep him going with CPR until the ambulance finally arrived 45 minutes later.

“They found cysts on his lungs that had caused them to collapse and after ventilating him for 48 hours he was stabilised.

“By this time some results from earlier had come back which showed he had Pulmonary Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis.

“There’s a one-in-125million chance of a three-year-old having that in their lungs – there are only two other cases of it in the UK.

“No-one still quite knows why it manifests itself as cysts so doctors didn’t know how to treat it. His lungs were 80 per cent covered in these blisters.”

He was kept on the intensive care unit at Queen’s Medical Centre, but developed an infection on March 18 and his body temperature soared to 40C (104F).

As his oxygen saturation levels plummeted to 70 per cent – 22 per cent lower than normal – medics told Mike and Kerry to say their final good byes on April 3.

But when his muscle sedatives were stopped Dylan began kicking in his bed, which showed his brain was still functioning.

So doctors increased the sedation and Dylan’s oxygen saturation levels began to increase to a healthy level.

Kerry said: “It really is a miracle that he survived with no real lasting damage from that oxygen saturation.

“He was discharged on April 4 and his last chest drain was on April 20. He’s doing so well now, he’s running around like normal at home.

“It’s just a case of wait and see, really the body has to either adapt to these cysts or they will just go away for him to be ok – but the signs are good.”

Mike, and assistant restaurant manager, said: “It’s incredible, we monitor his oxygen levels all the time and he’s actually functioning better than normal.

“At night when he should be at around 90 and 95 per cent he’s on 98 per cent.

“We think maybe because he was functioning off 20 per cent lung capacity, now he’s got about 80 per cent his body doesn’t know what to do with it.

“We just felt so awful when we had to say our goodbyes. And even when he recovered it was mixed feelings – I felt guilty about agreeing to turn off the machine.

Dylan Askin

“When the doctor came rushing in with his blood test I just looked at Kerry straight away and this wave of hope came flowing back.

“We’re just wary of infections now with winter approaching, but it’s incredible the recovery he’s made.”

How A Man Falsely Accused Of Murder And Rape Got His Name Cleared Through St. Pope John Paul II’s Intercessions 

How A Man Falsely Accused Of Murder And Rape Got His Name Cleared Through St. Pope John Paul II’s Intercessions 

Touched by his story, Pope Francis later embraced Tomasz Komenda in Rome, during one of his Wednesday Weekly Audience.

It’s a real miracle. An incredible, inspiring story. 

In 2000, a 23-year-old Polish man, Tomasz Komenda, was accused of rape and murder of a young 15-year-old girl. Despite his denials, he was found guilty due to scientific “proof” — two experts confirmed that the teeth marks found on the victim’s body matched those belonging to Komenda.

Once in prison, the young man was in a veritable hell. Rapists were harassed, humiliated, and sometimes even tortured by their fellow inmates. And Komenda couldn’t rely on the prison guards to ensure some sort of protection and order. As he explained in an interview with a Polish TV show, they “looked away.”

His prayer to St. John Paul II

As he was unable to convince anyone of his innocence, the young man looked for help elsewhere. Although an unbeliever, he started praying to John Paul II. At the top of his bed, the Polish pope looked at him, smiling, in a photo given to him from his mother. “If you are a saint,” prayed Komenda, “You are in heaven with this girl. If you must take me up there, take me now. If I must be free, let me be free.”



Six months after this cry from the heart, a policeman knocked at his prison cell. He didn’t believe in this young man’s guilt and would help him prove his innocence. After a year of legal disputes Komenda was cleared. “The Holy Father heard me,” he shared joyously. And when he was released in mid-May, he immediately promised to go to Rome to thank John Paul II, at his tomb.

“Only those who keep their word are respected” claims a Polish proverb. And Komenda kept his word. Less than a month after his release from prison he was in St. Peter’s Basilica, surrounded by his mother and father, where he prayed privately in front of the altar where John Paul II is buried.

Pope Francis touched by his story

Komenda was unaware that his story had reached as far as the Vatican. The Papal Almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who also happens to be Polish, had got wind of the story. The now freshly-appointed cardinal contacted the family and invited them to accompany him to St. Peter’s Square, where Pope Francis holds his general audience on Wednesdays.



Divine Providence has a way of doing things. The family got as far as the pontiff himself, and were asked to say a few words. Touched by what he heard, Francis spontaneously held Komenda in his arms for a long time. He then asked his photographer to take some photos of him with the young man.

The story doesn’t end there. The Komenda family were invited to dine with the then-Archbishop Krajewski. The meal was prepared by a once-homeless man named Enzo, who had also spent many years behind bars. “I will prepare him a feast like he has never had before!” exclaimed the chef.

Watch Video – U.S. Navy Seal Medal Of Honor Recipient Credits St. Michael Prayer For Protection 

Watch Video – U.S. Navy Seal Medal Of Honor Recipient Credits St. Michael Prayer For Protection 

Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward C. Byers Jr. 

Navy SEAL Receives Medal of Honor: “May St. Michael Protect Our Warriors”


Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward C. Byers Jr. was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on March 1, 2016.

Byers was a SEAL in the U.S. Navy, and after serving eleven deployments to include nine combat tours, was awarded the highest honor of the U.S. Military. He is the 3,497th service member to receive this decoration. What might come as a surprise, Byers is only the sixth SEAL to be awarded the Medal of Honor. He, being from an elite group of soldiers, joins an exclusive family of our country’s bravest.

Having just returned from my own deployment in Afghanistan four weeks ago, this is icing on the cake. It is truly amazing to walk in the mere vicinity of the boots of these remarkable men and women who have served with such skill and heroism.’

Day after day we would see the Armed Forces Network’s PSA commercials that described the courageous moments which people like Edward Byers endured in order to save the lives of others.

‘For me, as a fifth-generation veteran with brothers who served honorably in the Marines, Navy, and Army, when a service member is awarded a Medal of Honor it is like a win for the whole Armed Forces because of the credit it reflects upon our whole family’.

The official citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a Hostage Rescue Force Team Member in Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on 8-9 December 2012. As the rescue force approached the target building, an enemy sentry detected them and darted inside to alert his fellow captors. The sentry quickly reemerged, and the lead assaulter attempted to neutralize him. Chief Byers, with his team, sprinted to the door of the target building. As the primary breacher, Chief Byers stood in the doorway fully exposed to the enemy fire while ripping down six layers of heavy blankets fastened to the inside ceiling and walls to clear a path for the rescue force. The first assaulter pushed his way through the blankets, and was mortally wounded by enemy small arms fire from within. 

Chief Byers, completely aware of the imminent threat, fearlessly rushed into the room and engaged an enemy guard aiming an AK-47 at him. He then tackled another adult male who had darted towards the corner of the room. During the ensuing hand-to-hand struggle, Chief Byers confirmed the man was not the hostage and engaged him.  As the other rescue team members called out to the hostage, Chief Byers heard a voice respond in English and raced toward it. He jumped atop the American hostage and shielded him from the high volume of fire within the small room. While covering the hostage with his body, Chief Byers immobilized another guard with his bare hands, and restrained the guard until a teammate could eliminate him.

His bold and decisive actions under fire saved the lives of the hostage and several of his teammates. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of near-certain death, Chief Petty Officer Byers reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

After he was awarded the medal and the Commander in Chief had given his speech, the Senior Chief was provided an opportunity to give his remarks. After crossing himself in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Byers gave his speech. What he said was thoroughly Catholic! The address itself can be seen in the video above, starting at the 40:20 mark. Here is a full transcript of his remarks:

“Thank you. Good afternoon everyone. I’ve realized throughout my life that time is the most precious commodity you have, and I sincerely thank you all for your time today. I will speak just long enough to give credit and recognition to the heroes in my life and to those who deserve to know that they are the reason I am standing here today. Those heroes are my family, my faith, and the brotherhood.

Family is the reason I’m able to do this job, and it’s also the reason to live, and to return home safely. Madison, my incredible wife; Hannah, my beautiful daughter: this could not have been possible without your resiliency and love. Your strength in my absence is something I’ve always admired and respected. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I would never forget how I returned home from long times away. You’d be waiting to pick me up, sometimes in the middle of the night, waiting to give me a hug and a kiss. Especially you, Hannah. I would not be the man that I am if it were not for the two of you. You are my heroes. I love you.

Hand in hand with my family is my faith. While it had a more quiet aspect in my life, it has always played a significant role. I grew up Catholic and continue to grow in my faith, thanks especially to my brother Trevor. He taught me to turn my heart and soul towards Christ when I have strayed to lost my way. Prayer has always provided calm amidst chaos for me.

On my first deployment to Iraq some eleven years ago, I arrived in country and I saw another SEAL standing there with a St. Michael the Archangel patch on his shoulder. I’m not sure what drew me to it, but I walked up to him and asked him if I could have it. He was leaving the combat zone and made it through a safe deployment, so he was absolutely willing to give it to me. He handed it to me without hesitation. I’ve worn that patch on my kit on every single mission I’ve ever been a part of, and I prayed the St. Michael prayer while moving in the toughest missions I faced. And it does start by saying, “St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle and be our protection.

On that day in December 2012—the day you’ve heard recounted several times about my team, and the way we carried out the mission to rescue an American hostage—on that day just like every day, I prayed. I prayed on my way to the target, and again, I prayed over my friend Nicholas Checque, for his soul, as he gave his life to save another American. Nick Checque was a warrior, brother, and a friend. I know I’ve said this repeatedly since this has started, but this award in inseparable from his death. Nick embodied the brotherhood. Nick Checque embodied what it meant to be a Navy SEAL: he was hard as nails, resilient; a “never quit, never fail” mentality. Nick, along with the rest of our team, carried out some of the most difficult and dangerous missions our country could have asked us to do. Nicholas paid the ultimate sacrifice doing what he loved. On the battlefield, because this is what you brothers do, they will lay down their life for you, if they have to.

We are again reminded this morning of the continued sacrifices the men and women of our nation make. The hotel which many of us are staying overlooks Washington D.C., the Pentagon, and Arlington National Cemetery. As the sun came up over the city, an unfamiliar, almost alarming sound reverberated through the air and a layer of thick, light-gray smoke, covered our nation’s capitol like a security blanket. The cannons fired and shook, probably some of you, to the core because you were hearing the sound of sacrifice. I, along with many of my teammates, have been to many funerals at Arlington—probably more than we should at our age in our life. We have seen too many good men buried. So many may ask, “what is it that keeps you going? How are you standing here after such loss?” The answer is, undoubtedly, without question, the brotherhood.

I saved the brotherhood for last. I want to emphasize that I am no different from any one of my teammates. I am certain that any one of them would have taken the same exact actions I did that day. I’ve seen countless heroic acts in my time working with the nations most elite operators. I feel sense of responsibility with the recognition that has been bestowed upon me. My brothers who are still fighting, who are still in the shadows, deserve to share the spotlight. We are a community of quiet professionals and those men would not expect or seek recognition for their actions. I probably wear this trident to try to represent the brotherhood. And now I’ve been welcomed into another group of exceptional military heroes.

I look at the names in the Hall of Heroes, and to the brave men right in front of me here, and realize a tremendous amount of bravery that flows through our American veins. Freedom is in large part paid by blood, sweat, and tears. I’ve never imagined my life would lead me here. I’m truly humbled to represent the Navy and the Navy Special Warfare community. My only desire is that my representation is something my brothers who I served with would be proud of, because the deed is all, not the glory.

May God bless you, and may St. Michael the Archangel protect our warriors in battle. Long live the brotherhood. Thank you.”

Watch Video – Agnostic Atheist Scientist ‘Visits’ Heaven After Near Death Experience 

Watch Video – Agnostic Atheist Scientist ‘Visits’ Heaven After Near Death Experience 

Life hasn’t been the same for Nancy Rynes, a former atheist scientist turned spiritually-oriented author and consultant, since the day she died more than three years ago.

On Jan. 3, 2014, an SUV rammed into Rynes on her bicycle at the roundabout at South Public Road and South 112th Street in Lafayette. Rynes lived through the accident, sustaining 24 broken bones, she said, each with multiple breaks, including nine vertebrae and five ribs. Her pelvis, sternum and collar bone were all cracked, and there was no count on the total number of breaks, she added.

My higher-self exited my body and watched what was going on,” Rynes, who now divides her time between Seattle and Lafayette, said. A “classic” near-death experience came three days later on the operating table at Lafayette’s Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital, when she “basically flatlined” shortly after receiving general anesthesia.

In 2014, an SUV rammed into Nancy Rynes on her bicycle in Lafayette. Rynes “basically flatlined,” she said, but survived, and now she talks about her near-death experience.

While the whole experience apparently lasted only a few minutes, Rynes herself had entered a timeless landscape of beauty and love, she said. It was a state that she, like other experiencers -— a term for people who have had a near-death experience, or NDE -— finds difficult to put into words.

(It’s) weird from a physical perspective to say that you feel love as if it were a force, but it was like an energy field that I could feel everywhere — love and peace and acceptance to an incredible level — that’s indescribable really,” she said. “It wasn’t necessarily from me, it was from outside, almost like if you’ve been under the high tension energy wires and you can kind of feel the buzzing of the electricity.”

Rynes gave a presentation during the 2017 International Association for Near-Death Studies Conference. The event featured speakers, seminars, exhibitions and workshops.

It’s open to people who have had a near-death experience, NDE researchers and anyone else who is interested in the subject.

Eben Alexander, author of “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife,”  

Alexander’s brain was damaged by bacterial meningitis, which plunged him into a coma for a week, according to his bio on the IANDS conference website. 

Dr. Alexander miraculously survived — and brought back with him an astounding story,” the bio says.

Gratitude was emphasized

At the time of her NDE, Rynes, having done graduate course work in geology at the University of Colorado, was working in software development and training for a remote sensing company.

“I had gone into this experience being an atheist, so I didn’t really expect anything to happen after death,” she said. “I expected pure blackness and that was it. To have something be there, I thought, ‘I wonder if I died? And then if I have, why am I here? Because I don’t believe in this.’”

A “universal” or “divine” consciousness responded to Rynes, and then a guide took her through a life review of how she’d treated others, exploring select incidents, not always the ones she would’ve expected, in depth, she said.

“I was basically experiencing me through them, the pain or disappointment they were experiencing as a result of my negative interaction or negative word,” she said. 

Rynes was also shown when she was helpful to others, such as showing kindness to a King Soopers clerk, she said.

“Some things that seemed very minor came up as very hurtful to the recipient, like saying nasty words to someone at work one day when I was in a bad place. I had an opportunity to lift that person up, but instead I cut them down,” she said.

Gratitude, community-building, and the power of individual choice, she said, were also emphasized before Rynes was sent back for she understood to be life-course correction.

“It wasn’t a punishment, it was an opportunity for me to set things right and put my life on a path that it was supposed to have been on,” said Rynes, whose book “Messages from Heaven” was released in June, 2017.

Boulder internist Christopher Trojanovich had not seen Rynes, whom he treated, since 2014, but recalled her case.

I don’t remember the specific number of bones broken, but would agree that it was relatively extensive. I think she ended up healing relatively quickly from the orthopedic component of her injuries,” he wrote in an email. “I do remember that her concussion (traumatic brain injury) had much more lasting effects and kept her out of work much more than ortho issues.”

Trojanovich also recalled Rynes’ purported NDE.

We did have discussions related to her experience in the operating room, and she sticks out in my mind, because I could not come up with any other explanation other than a real near death experience — I remember her seeing this as a life changing blessing,” he wrote.

‘Nobody thought I was alive, and I wasn’t’.

Robert Caplan, another presenter at the IANDS conference, is a semi-retired social worker from Boulder and former volunteer chaplain at Boulder Community Hospital. He was likewise transformed by an NDE. 

Caplan ‘died’, he said, during a 1957 naval accident in a Mediterranean port, when a plane on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal was revved at full power during pre-flight preparations without Caplan having signaled the pilot that it was safe to do so. Caplan was sucked into the plane’s intake.

“A man crawled into the intake, and came out because of the heat — the suction is immense, the heat is immense. They had to wait for the plane to cool while I was in there,” Caplan said. “Nobody thought I was alive, and I wasn’t.”

Caplan, who estimated he’d been in the intake for 20 minutes, watched events unfold from outside his body, but then went back into his body to comfort a Catholic priest administering last rites, he said:

“I can see his angst and conflict for being the wrong guy for this particular sailor. His theology doesn’t match up with my (Jewish) dog tags,” said Caplan, who added that he was raised largely in Christian environments, in boarding schools and foster care said. “I came into my body and spoke to him, I wanted to reassure him.”

After Caplan spoke, great effort was made to revive him.

“I didn’t even have any interest in them reviving me. I could feel the energy of the drama, but I wasn’t attached to it,” he said.

Yet Caplan wept repeatedly as he described his ordeal.

“It’s very hard to talk about the enormity of the event. It doesn’t fit linear time and space, and what we call cause and effect,” he said.

The NDE changed his perspective, Caplan said, making him more of a spectator of the experiences that the “character” he plays in life is having. But some things haven’t changed.

“I think you don’t get free from the bumps and grinds, the high points and low points, they’re all our teachers,” he said.

The NDE is not a free pass for what we would call an effortless experience of our being,” he said. “I have a challenge, an exploration of myself in this life, and it’s intimately related to what I would call fears and curiosity and courage.”

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