Everything really does happen for a reason. 16-year-old high school student Ryan Estrada found this out in the most unexpected way.
Ryan, a native of Richmond, Virginia, was on the way to high school for his first day of swim practice. While driving, he swerved trying to avoid someone riding a bike, but he ended up losing control of the car.
His car hit a mailbox, then a tree.
Fortunately, the swimmer survived the accident, and two motorists immediately came to his rescue and called 911. He was left hanging out the window of his car, waiting for emergency services to arrive.
Then, Ryan realized something horrible.
“I knew something was wrong because I couldn’t feel anything in my shoulders, and I just couldn’t feel anything,” he told WTVR. When he was taken to the hospital, his worst fear came true.
The crash had resulted in a broken vertebrae in Ryan’s neck, causing him to lose feeling in his hands and legs.
Ryan was devastated upon finding out the severity of his injuries. Doctors planned to perform surgery on him, and the student and his family were hoping for the best.
Suddenly the teen saw something that turned his attitude completely around.
While being wheeled in for surgery, Ryan claims to have seen Heaven, and he talked to one of his deceased uncles as well.
“He told me that I’m going to get through the surgery and everything is going to be all right,” Ryan said.
This certainly isn’t the first story of people near death seeing Heaven, but Ryan was overwhelmed with the feeling that this happened for a reason. This changed his entire attitude on his accident. He went from crying prior to the surgery, to turning to his mother and telling her that everything would be ok.
He also saw his deceased grandfather, who he had never met before and only had seen in pictures.
“I think it means that heaven is real and that God is real and that I’m here for a reason,” he said.
Ryan saw the vision as a divine intervention that destroyed all doubts he had about the existence of God. He stated that this most likely happened for him to regain his faith, and ever since the accident, he’s been praying—and smiling—every day.
Ryan also has a GoFundMe page to help with his medical bills, which has already reached $40,o00 in the month since it was posted!
The student also plans to be walking again within the next six months.
Though he’ll spend his Christmas in the hospital, Ryan is thankful to at least be alive to celebrate the holiday. Hopefully, his seven hours of therapy a day will do him good, and he can be swimming again by next year, like he said he would.
The accident was a horrible thing to happen to him, but Ryan is making the absolute most of it. His positivity and attitude is inspirational. It demonstrates that things can always be worse, and that a change in attitude can help discover the positives in any situation.
“I honestly don’t know why I’m here, but I can’t wait to find out,” he said.