DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Exactly one month after the crash, a Vandalia minister and hiswife, critically injured in a motorcycle crash, walked back intothe hospital to say thank you.
Miami Valley Hospital employees said at times it seemed theentire congregation of Living Word Church was at the hospitalpraying for the couple. Now, by what they call the grace ofGod, they are making a speedy recovery.
"I remember the skid and the next think I know the EMTs werepicking me and my wife off of the ground," Living Word Pastor PatMurray said.
"While I was raking leaves my husband said 'Pat and Jackiehave been in a terrible accident and they are critical," Murray'smother Colleen said.
Living Word Pastor Pat Murray and his wife Jackie wereairlifted to Miami Valley Hospital from Waynesville October13. Pat had a shattered vertebra, Jackie had a collapsed lungand was unconscious. Doctors initially weren't sure if she'dsurvive or he'd walk again.
"People we never even met before have written us and said'we're praying for you' we believe in their prayers and obviouslyits working," Murray said.
Both victims walked into the Rehab center Thursday where theyspent the final two weeks of their stay with a cake to show theirappreciation.
"This is just a small way for us to be able to say thankyou," Murray told the crowd.
"I have the luxury of seeing people back in the office so isee how they do overtime and their recovery progresses a lot of ournurses and patient care technicians therapists never see thesepeople again," Dr. Michael Watts said.
Doctors are encouraging the couple to take it easy, but thePastor says his brush with death and the way he saw God's work hashim anxious to get back to work.
"I'll be back on Sunday morning delivering a message to God'speople again," Pastor Murray said.
As for getting back on the motorcycle, the Pastor's mom hasher own biblical answer.
"Thank God they had helmets on but you can imagine whatmothers think about motorcycles right? I'm going to baptize hismotorcycle in the river," Colleen Murray said.
Pastor Murray said he was unsure about motorcycle riding, butis getting the bike repaired.
Troopers hope to talk to Murray now that he's out of thehospital to find out more about what led to the accident.
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