SIT DOWN WITH STEVE: Gary Miracle Survives Septic Shock, Left Hospital a Quadruple Amputee
By Steve Wilson // June 2, 2021
Septic shock is a widespread infection-causing organ failure and dangerously low blood pressure
WATCH: Early December 2019 was not unlike any other month for Gary Miracle, but that was about to change. He got sick toward the end of the month, so sick, that he had to be hospitalized. After entering the hospital, the Rockledge, Florida native got even sicker. He was eventually airlifted to an Orlando hospital.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – By most accounts, he was leading a normal life. He was married and had four beautiful children. He loved his wife dearly and would do anything for his kids. He was a man of faith, and that faith would be tested to the max.
Early December 2019 was not unlike any other month for Gary Miracle, but that was about to change. He got sick toward the end of the month, so sick, that he had to be hospitalized. After entering the hospital, the Rockledge, Florida native got even sicker. He was eventually airlifted to an Orlando hospital.
From there, it got worse. Gary Miracle went into septic shock.
Septic shock is a widespread infection-causing organ failure and dangerously low blood pressure. After being in a coma, and being hospitalized for over 100 days, Gary survived the almost un-survivable. But he paid a hefty price. He lost all four limbs. When he left the hospital, he was a quadruple amputee.
That is when you would think his faith was tested to the max. But talking with Miracle, you would never know it. Even today, with all he has been through, he is one of the most inspiring and optimistic persons you will ever meet.
When asked if he ever asks himself, “Why me? Miracle’s inspiring answer is, “I have never questioned God as to why He did this.” He continued by saying, “I am choosing to say that I trust God and I am choosing to live life like I do, and that He has a plan for me.”
Miracle admits to being frustrated at times. He is such a strong family man, that not being able to do things with his kids has been a real challenge. There is, however, light at the end of the tunnel. Over the last few months, Miracle has been able to coach his sons in youth football and youth soccer.
He lights up when he talks about coaching. Miracle said, “It means the world to me for so many reasons. The kids are so incredibly gracious to me. I pray that I am showing these kids a little bit of life.”
Lately, Miracle’s optimism and inspiration have been reaching the masses. Back in the 2000s, Miracle became friends and worked for a recording group that is now one of the all-time best Contemporary Christian groups, MercyMe. Their hit, “I Can Only Imagine,” is the best-selling Christian single of all time.
Lead singer for MercyMe, Bart Mallard, wrote a song about Miracle’s plight, entitled, “Say I Won’t,” and has been viewed on YouTube over 3 million times. Miracle is featured in the video, and because of this, he has become known worldwide. This has given Miracle a platform to get out his message.
Gary Miracle’s message is simple, and he says it best, “At the end of the day I am choosing two things. I am choosing joy. I am alive. I may look a little different, but my heart is beating, and I am alive. I get to see my kids grow, and I still get to be a husband, so I’m choosing joy.”
The other thing Miracle talks about is that he chooses to know that “I am going to be all right, and that I am not alone.” He went on to say we all have struggles to deal with in our lives. “The only difference is, you can see mine, and sometimes I can’t see other peoples’.”
Gary Miracle is one very special individual. Do not ever tell him he cannot do something. His answer to you will be, “Say I Won’t.”