Naomi Bogale, an Ethiopian runner, who moved to Colorado with dreams of athletic fame, was involved in a horrific car accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. She was told by doctors that the chances of her walking again were slim, and even then it would take years of rehabilitation.
But Bogale, a devout Christian was not discouraged. She had a dream in which she saw Jesus on her bed, taking her hands and healing her.
“I saw Jesus on my bed [in a] dream and God is taking my hands, too, and Jesus has healed me,” she said.
This gave her the confidence to start working out again, and now just two weeks before the Christmas, she has taken her first steps.
After the accident, Bogale, who was in the U.S. on an athletic visa, was not eligible for Medicaid, and could have found herself without medical care or even a place to live. But thanks to the generosity of a local charity and a couple from Aurora, Colorado, she was able to receive the care she needed and stay in a supportive environment.
“God is good, God is great,” Bogale says. “I’m working hard, but I do believe more in miracles; it’s [a] miracle, you know. The science doesn’t prove it [and] the doctors never imagined – nobody can imagine. When He healed me [is] when I walked again. And I can run again, for sure.”
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Bogale’s story is a powerful reminder that anything is possible with faith and determination. She refused to let the doctors’ prognoses hold her back, and instead relied on her belief in miracles to guide her on the road to recovery.
Her journey is not over yet, but she is well on her way to achieving her dreams. With hard work and a steadfast belief in the power of God, there is no doubt that Bogale will continue to inspire and amaze us all.
WATCH: Naomi Bogale’s Christmas miracle