Carlos Rosario, a policeman, was nearly killed when a texting driver struck him unexpectedly.
Carlos Rosario, a 40-year-old Florida Highway Patrolman, spotted a speeding automobile on State Road 836 and signaled the driver to pull over. Another vehicle was close behind. But the texting driver, a 26-year-old, didn’t notice the vehicle in front of him slowing down.
State Trooper Pierre Llaniel, who witnessed the incident, said, “I heard some tires squeaking so I look up — there’s this car kinda swerving around another car. And that’s when I see the vehicle collide with Carlos, and sent Carlos just flying right by our cars.”
When Carlos’ wife heard the news, she recalled, “My heart dropped. I was just scared. You know, I didn’t want to imagine the worst.”
A Critical Condition
Dr. Schulman, Carlos’ surgeon, said, “I’d say Carlos’ situation when he first got here was about as serious as it gets. His blood pressure was very low, the transfusions were having to go constantly, and we were really struggling and doing everything we know how to do to keep him alive. There were multiple times where I thought he wasn’t going to make it. He had a lot of facial injuries, he had a traumatic brain injury. I mean, his orthopedic injuries were devastating.”
Ana and a room full of friends, family, and Florida State Troopers waited for hours. The doctors then informed her that they had discovered a brain bleed that would necessarily involve additional surgery.
The Power of Prayer
“I started to cry. And my oldest son says, ‘Mom, no.’ He’s like, ‘You know that we serve a God that He, you know, performs any miracle.’ And we went on our knees to pray. Everyone in that room, they also went on their knees too. And I said, “God, I know/ what you can do for my husband. I believe it. Right there and then the doctors walked in and said, he was able to react to what we were waiting for – we don’t have to perform surgery on the brain, in the area he was bleeding,” Ana recalled.
Carlos made it through the night but remained in a coma. His loved ones waited and prayed for him for 17 days before he finally woke up.
Carlos said, “I remember seeing my wife there, with me, hugging me, kissing me. The doctors, ‘How do you feel?’ Asking me a lot of questions.”
His family sought hope and courage from God in the face of their worries. And Carlos stunned everyone when he took his first steps — on his own — just three months after the accident.
Carlos Forgave the Texting Driver
Carlos put a lot of effort into his therapy over the course of the following year and a half and clung fervently to God. He chose to forgive the driver after receiving a long winded apology letter from him. The young man was sentenced to five years of probation, community service, and a license suspension.
“That’s just unimaginable that love He’s got for me. And for you and for the world. It was all Him. It’s too good to be true. That’s our Jesus,” Carlos concluded.
Header image: Carlos at the hospital [700 Club Interactive]. YouTube, 1 March 2023, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjgG9buuShM
Reference: 700 Club Interactive