Almost three years after a traffic accident in Statesboro led a family through a series of miracles, the mother of a young boy injured in the crash has written a book about the ordeal.
In “Prayers from Fiji,” Ellen Murkison captures the raw emotion she and her family experienced after the accident Dec. 2, 2011, left her son Brian severely injured.
The family had just left a local Christmas lights display on Old River Road when the driver of their vehicle ran a stop sign at the intersection of Old River Road North and Lakeview Road. All were wearing seat belts, but Brian, who was 7 at the time, suffered injuries that sent him by helicopter to a Savannah hospital.
The days afterward were filled with fear, hope and prayers, but Brian’s recovery didn’t look promising, and the family was referred to hospice care. However, their faith didn’t waiver, and prayers were coming in from all over the world, mainly through social media. The family kept a map and placed pins at every location from which prayer and well wishes came.
Christmas approached, and the holiday spirits were dimmed by Brian’s failing health. But what happened then is nothing short of a miracle, Murkison said and, today, Brian lives a healthy, happy life after a recovery the Murkisons attribute to prayer and to God.
"We could have never expected such a tragic accident could have such a happy ending,” Murkison said during a recent visit to Statesboro, where her husband David’s parents reside. “Brian continues to improve even 2½ years later. We love sharing his story with others and being able to give hope that anything is possible.”
Today, “Prayers from Fiji” is available for purchase by ordering online. Murkison will be at the Averitt Center for the Arts at 11 a.m. Saturday to launch the book, speak with the public and share her experiences.
The book will officially be available beginning Monday at www.ellenmurkison.com and on Amazon, as well as at Colonial House of Flowers, 100 Brampton Ave., Suite 1.
News releases announcing the book’s availability give sneak previews of the family’s journey through the ordeal: “When medical interventions failed, the family made the difficult decision to move their child to hospice care, one week before Christmas. Faced with what appeared to be his impending death, the story takes a dramatic turn when a ten-year-old big brother’s unwavering faith that God could heal his little brother unleashed a miraculous series of events showing that nothing is impossible.
“As told from a mother’s perspective, Ellen Murkison’s memoir is more than simply a telling of the events that occurred. Her own faith was strengthened through this crisis, and she shares her insights into how to turn the worst of circumstances into something positive. A story that deserves to be told—giving hope, teaching about what it takes to overcome, and showing the possibilities for the human spirit. “
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.