This links to a story of an 'angel' that miraculously appeared at Presbyterian Hospital recently in Charlotte, NC. My wife recently forwarded me an email containing the backstory and a super bad quality image of the purported angel. Email follows:
> To: Shirley8648
> Sent: 12/6/2008 10:29:19 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
> Subj: Angel in ICU
> So many of you have heard me tell the story, but I
wanted to pass it
> along anyway to those who didn't hear it and for
those who wanted it
> in email.
> A couple of Wednesdays ago, I got an evening phone
call from the
> pediatric ICU at Presbyterian Hospital, where I work
as a child life
> specialist. Usually when they call at night, it
means something bad
> has happened. This, however, was different. My
coworker told me that
> the most amazing thing had just happened and she
just had to call to
> tell me.
> We had a patient who has really grown up in and out
of the hospital.
> All the staff knows her and her family. She had been
in the Pediatric
> Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for about a month, and
had been intubated -
> on life support. She was not doing well. The doctors
> mom about taking her off life support the Saturday
before. Mom was
> okay with it, and said that she'd been through so
much and if was her
> time to go she wanted to honor that. So they had
taken her off.
> It was Wednesday and she was still alive. Amazing.
> approached mom about taking off her oxygen mask. Mom
> and began praying over her daughter. The mother of
> patient who was in the bed next to her began praying
> The nurse practitioner went to the nurses station to
chart that she
> had taken off the oxygen mask. While doing so, she
looked up at the
> security monitor that videotapes the double doors
leading into the
> PICU. It records anyone who may be waiting outside
the doors to get in
> since it is a secure unit. She saw a man standing
there, and it looked
> a little funny to her, so she decided to walk down
the hall to open
> the double doors personally. When she opened them,
no one was standing
> She walked back down to the nurses station to finish
> assuming he had walked away, but saw him still
standing there on the
> monitor. So she opened the doors with a button near
the nurses station
> and leaned over to see him walk in, but no one was
> She pulled over another nurse and both stood staring
at this man on
> the monitor and opening the doors to find no one
there. The nurse
> practitioner leaned in closely to look at the man on
the monitor and
> said, 'Oh my gosh. That's an angel. You can see his
> They said that the sun starting shining so brightly
and the whole PICU
> was strangely filled with light. They said he was a
tall man and you
> could see wings behind him.
> They pulled over all the staff of the PICU and the
two praying mothers
> and everyone was staring at this man on the monitor
and opening the
> doors to find no one there. Crying, everyone pulled
out their camera
> phones to take pictures, but no one could get it to
show up on their
> camera. The mother of the girl pulled out her camera
phone and finally
> got a picture of the angel who was guarding the
doors to the PICU. He
> turned out as a man of light. I have attached the
picture from her
> The girl was later discharged from the hospital to
> A Miracle.
> This story makes me so grateful for the way that God
> to us, and the how Great He is really is. We have
much to be thankful
> for this holiday. :)
> Katy L. Field, CCLS
> Certified Child Life Specialist
> Presbyterian Blume Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
> Charlotte, NC
And here's the angelic being itself:
Here's a better quality image, I haven't had much luck finding the original security footage but take a look at this pic and tell me what you think.
Now take a long hard look at the blue floor directly underneath the alleged seraphim. Doesn't look all that angelic or even personlike under scrutiny. I bet it'll take you one full second to make that observation.
See it's harder to tell in the ultra grainy cellphone pic that accompanies the email but the high quality version CLEARLY shows not an angel but Windows. That's right, sun shining through the windows.
In another account the details are a little different. Here's a quote to, shall we say, highlight the kicker.
She pulled over another nurse and both stood staring at this man on the monitor and opening the doors to find no one there. The nurse practitioner leaned in closely to look at the man on the monitor and said, 'Oh my gosh. That's an angel. You can see his wings!'
They said that the sun starting shining so brightly and the whole PICU was strangely filled with light. They said he was a tall man and you could see wings behind him.They pulled over all the staff of the PICU and the two praying mothers and everyone was staring at this man on the monitor and opening the doors to find no one there. Crying, everyone pulled out their camera phones to take pictures, but no one could get it to show up on their camera. The mother of the girl pulled out her camera phone and finally got a picture of the angel who was guarding the doors to the PICU. He turned out as a man of light.
Emphasis in the preceding was mine but how hard is it for people to piece this sort of thing together? You people make me sad.
I'll quote Matt for the conclusion:
Matthew: Occam's razor. The sun was out ooooorr