KANSAS CITY, MO. – The day he was about to be pulled out of his ventilator, 58-year-old David Williams woke up from his seven-week coma and impressed everyone.
These include his wife, Staci, who had already planned his funeral, and a family friend who agreed to become a Pallbearer.
“We had planned to turn off the ventilator the day after Thanksgiving and they didn’t think he would survive very long, and the day after Thanksgiving when we showed up he opened his eyes,” said David Williams’ wife, Staci Williams.
“Then that Friday I got a call saying the funeral was canceled and that’s just amazing,” said the family friend, Dr. Scott Kujath. “I’m a doctor, I understand the science of medicine, but the art of medicine is marvelous and if God has a different plan than ours, he can still work miracles.”
Life began on that day for David Williams, who is now not ventilated, no longer on dialysis and his kidneys are recovering.
“I just see it as an opportunity to come back and end my life story,” said David Williams of what it was like to wake up from a seven-week coma with a less than 1% chance of survival.
Shortly after Staci Williams was told that there was nothing left to do, discussions about turning off the machines began.
“I said with certainty I don’t think it was time,” said Kujath. “And I have no good reason why, I didn’t have a medical answer as to why, but it just didn’t seem like it was that time yet.”
“They planned my funeral, but luckily it was too early!” David Williams said.
David lost friends and his own father to the virus, which made his survival all the more special.
Dr. Scott Kujath
David Williams and Kujath go to church together, are in the same prayer group, and have been close friends for years.
“I think there were a lot of people in the Kansas City area as well as friends we have internationally who have been praying for David all along, and I think that made all the difference because I can’t explain it with science . ” Said Kujath.
David Williams said it was the first funeral his church had ever canceled.
“There is hope, we don’t have all the answers to this disease and we get surprises every day,” said David Williams.
The Williams say there is strength in hope, which is why people should never give up.
“That strength that you just can’t understand was there,” said Staci Williams. “And that’s the story that people need is this hope and this love.”
“It’s just a miracle and I’m grateful to be the recipient,” said David Williams.
Kujath has since launched a GoFundMe page to help out with medical expenses. David Williams was self-employed and not insured at the time his health changed.