Lance's Journal: The Miracle Kids of Tanzania, Oct. 29, 2018

Published: Oct. 29, 2018 at 6:49 PM CDT
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On May 6th of 2017, near Karatu, Tanzania in southeast Africa. A school bus full of 35 seventh graders catapulted off a slippery road into a deep ravine.

A nosedive impact sent all 38 occupants into the windshield at the front of the bus and it would turn out to be the worst bus crash in Tanzanian history.

In an incredible twist of fate, a medical team was just minutes behind the spot where this crash took place, "They slammed on the brakes, jumped out. Our medical personnel waded through 38 bodies and found only 5 with a heartbeat, two succumbed within minutes of that and three were still alive."

Dr. Steve Meyer is an orthopedic surgeon from Sioux City, Iowa and the medical team that responded was a part of the STEMM ministry that he founded.

It was clear to Dr. Meyer that the chances of the three kids surviving in one of the poorest countries in the world were not good.

Dr. Meyer explains, "We're all in shell shocks state. My dear wife texts me we must take these kids back to America. I literally said you're out of your complete mind, there's absolutely zero percent chance, one in a billion moonshot, but with God all things were possible."

Rev. Billy Graham's son came to the rescue, "I finally got in touch with Franklin Graham who within minutes of me leaving Tanzania calls my cell phone says, 'Dr. Meyer, this is Franklin Graham with Samaritan's Purse, we'll take the kids to America."

Mercy Hospital in Sioux City donated a half a million dollars of free medical care to the children.

One of the children was sent to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln where they taught here how to walk again.

In August of last year year, Doreen walked out of Madonna and got to go home to Africa.

A link to the STEMM website that gives so much more detail to this story of one miracle after another is:

A link directly to the story of these miracle kids is on their website: