Tyler Burton has always been a believer. But now that his own life is looking more and more like a miracle, he has no doubt as to why he’s alive today.
“I believe, no question, ‘He’ saved my life,” Burton said. “I would say the doctors saved my life, but ‘He’ saved my life.”
God heard the thousands of prayers sent up by friends, family members and the community after Burton was assaulted Oct. 28 in Chico, Calif. God responded, bringing Burton back from the edge of death. And now, God is by his side every day as the 21-year-old pushes his body to new limits.
“Keep praying,” Burton said. “It works. It worked for me.”
Three months ago, doctors didn’t have much hope.
Burton received a severe, traumatic brain injury when he was punched in the face. Doctors told Burton’s parents — his mother, Kimberly Hash, her husband, Roddy Hash, and his father, Roger Burton — that the college football player would live the rest of his life in a vegetative state.
And that was the best-case scenario.
“He was dying for a month, basically,” Roddy Hash said. “There was never good news.”