Now looking back, 12 years later …   May/June 2008

I’m currently recuperating from my 48th operation/anesthetic following a motorbike accident in 1996, thus resulting in me being booked off from work for nearly six weeks and being confined to resting in bed ... just looking Upwards and spending quality time with God ... and, at the same time getting the most Amazing revelations and insights from God  

Since I’ve been given another chance and I'm working full-time again for the past two years and nine months, this time as Software Developer at Trifour Health, a Medical IT company providing Hospital Information Management Systems (read more about it at http://www.miaauw.co.za/Back2work.html), my brain has been challenged and stimulated intensely on a daily basis. As a result, new neural paths have been formed in my brain … and my brain function has improved in such a way that I’m now, for the first time since my brain injury in 1996, able to comprehend and really understand experiences I’ve had in the past twelve years … and to just realize once more and more what an AWESOME God we are honored to serve …

Having been sent back so many times before

Ever since my accident I’ve always been conscious of a “familiar” experience … something familiar I know I have experienced so many times before, but I could never identify it by name … due to my then restricted brain function … but only now, after operation number 48, I know exactly what this “familiar” experience really is:… it was yet another “near-death-experience”!! ... I was, like so many times before, maybe dead in the eyes of the world … only to be sent back by God to this world … once again … to complete ALL that He has planned for me …

… and I’m not merely talking about having been given only a second chance … the exact number must be much closer to my four feline children’s nine lives added together…

My husband, Deon Lotter, has now also confirmed this for me … saying that each time I’ve been in Intensive/High Care after an operation, fighting for my life … (that is ever since we’ve been blessed together in marriage for the past five years) … he could clearly distinguish the rear of a Celestial Being, clothed in white, standing next to my bed … talking to me and comforting me …

This is absolute mind-blowing for me … to comprehend the following: "Who am I?" for God to consider me, to deserve so many next chances … so many times again-and-again in my 38 years thus far on this earth and in this world …?

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Being the Mentor of CrisisOnCall, and at last being able to comprehend the REAL meaning of a “Foxtrot" patient”


I’ve always been conscious of the fact that I was admitted at the then H.F. Verwoerd (now known as Pretoria Academic) provincial Hospital as an unknown “Foxtrot patient” … and my easily understandable/explainable interpretation all these years was that I was the sixth unidentified person admitted on Workers’ Day 1996 … therefore the “Foxtrot”-label …


The term “Foxtrot patient” had been explained to me on previous occasions by Marius Vermaak, Marketing Director of CrisisOnCall, as I became the Mentor and case study for the CrisisOnCall identification system to develop, now saving hundreds, thousands of lives since October 2002 (read more about it at http://www.miaauw.co.za/CorneliaCrisisOnCall.html) … but I could never really comprehend the exact meaning, up to now …

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In reality, “Foxtrot patient” is actually a term used to describe a patient whose brain injuries are too severe to justify any medical attention/treatment, and who is then on the spot declared “brain-dead” … this being in effect a death certificate, already signed and sealed … ESPECIALLY with the vast amount of brain bleeding I've had to experience/encounter, without ANY medical attention given to me before the following day ... and being ONLY THEN operated for a cracked skull and severe brain haemorrhage ...

But I can only NOW, for the first time, really look back and understand WHY I absolutely had to go through my painstaking, exhausting, torturous and tormenting road to recuperation due to avoidable brain damage, as a direct result of not receiving immediate medical treatment in the golden hour after my motorbike accident (after being refused admission to two private hospitals) ... and WHY, as a direct result, I had to be reduced from a world-class Electronic Engineer and adrenalin junkie back to the level of a baby ... with my past memories COMPLETELY wiped out: having to learn to crawl, then walk, then talk, ... and only years and years later being able to count ... being looked after by my mother 24/7/365, as an alternative to being locked up in a mental institute ... and to be an embittered and frustrated medically boarded pensioner for the following decade ...

... because exactly this negligence, made me the Mentor and case study for the development of CrisisOnCall: an identification system that talks on behalf of members when they can't ... which now continues to save hundreds, thousands of South African lives on a daily basis ... Praise the Lord for working in His mysterious ways; Revealed to us only in His Perfect Time!

... this leaving me once again with the same question: WHO AM I that God would consider ME ... to be now, 12 years later, still ALIVE and testifying on how GREAT our God really is …

… yet ALL of this is just due to our God’s great and incomprehensible love for each one of us … with each one of us just being the apple of our Father God’s eye … WOW! Once again, just leaving me completely AWESTRUCK by our Almighty God … asking myself: "Who am I?" to deserve so many next chances … so many times again-and-again in my 38 years thus far on this earth and in this world…? … we really do serve an immeasurable, unfathomable God, so far beyond the grasp of our human reason … Click here to commit your life to Christ Click here to commit your life to Christ
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