A 14-year-old girl in a coma in an undisclosed North African country after being attacked and mutilated by Muslims upset with her conversion to Christianity has stunned doctors and hospital workers by getting up from her bed and going home.
At least two physicians had declared her dead.
Lydia, the daughter of Yoonis, had been hospitalized and diagnosed with a terminal coma after being attacked by Muslims, according the Christian ministry Bibles for Mideast.
It’s an underground group that distributes Bibles and offers other help to people in the Muslim-majority Middle East.
However, it sometimes withholds details to protect its workers and those who receive the Bibles.
The names of the daughter and her father were changed for this report to protect them from retaliation, according to the group’s director, pastor Paul Ciniraj.
He told WND the background: The girl was attacked by “fanatic Muslim men and woman” while walking home from school, dragged to a nearby home and subjected to “brutal female genital mutilation.”
“Yoonus, originally from another part of Africa, had been a Muslim scholar. One day while teaching his Muslim students, he had a vision of the Lord Jesus Christ and soon accepted Him as Lord and Savior. His family followed him into the Kingdom. Due to severe persecution in their native village, however, the entire family had to flee to their current home,” Ciniraj reported.
“Yoonus has labored hard to earn a livelihood, do underground evangelism among the locals, and to pray without ceasing. The local Muslim community recently learned he had left Islam and was now leading Muslims to Christ. The imam of the mosque, along with community leaders, urged him to return to Islam. They promised many gifts and services to his family should he renounce his new faith, but he stood fearlessly for Christ and refused.
“Lydia also boldly proclaimed Jesus as the Son of God, the only Lord and Savior for the entire world. She loved to speak of how He died on the cross of Calvary and rose from the dead to save everyone from sin and death,” he reported.
Two doctors on Thursday in the West African nation “confirmed the death of Lydia (14), the daughter of Yoonus, a Christian missionary with Bibles for Mideast.”
Ciniraj said she had been in a coma for six days “after being brutally subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) by Muslim radicals on her way home from school last week.
“Brother Yoonus immediately contacted Pastor Paul, the director of Bibles for Mideast and patron of the Assembly of Loving God,” Ciniraj reported.
But, an hour after Lydia’s death, workers went to remove her body from her hospital room.
“Her parents, brothers, sisters and other believers surrounded her, sobbing at the tragic loss of their beloved. Doctors, nurses and other hospital staff arrived to have a last look at young Lydia’s lifeless body, now draped in a white cloth,” he told WND.
“Suddenly, someone noticed the fabric shaking. Could it be wind blowing in from outdoors? The trembling intensified, but now, clearly, the movement came from beneath the cloth.
“Then, just as suddenly, Lydia herself threw off the white covering and stood from the bed. ‘Mummy, our Lord Jesus, our Lord and God Jesus Christ!’ she exclaimed joyously.”
While nurses and workers screamed “Ghost! Ghost!” and backed away in terror, Lydia addressed her mother.
“Mummy, I’m Lydia … not a ghost. I’m alive! Jesus gave me my life back and healed me! See, He’s just disappearing there on the clouds!’ She pointed her finger towards the sky,” Ciniraj said.
Lydia, according to the Bibles for Mideast report, explained: “My soul left my body and I was dead. Angels came to receive me to heaven. But Jesus appeared before me and said, ‘I cannot turn back from the prayers of my children. My eyes are upon my children and ears are open to their prayer. So I give you your life back, for the issues of death belong to me. You go, and be my witness.’ Then he put his face right against and right into mine. He breathed into my nostrils, and my soul went in. Then he moved his nail-scarred hands over my body and healed me completely!”
Ciniraj told WND that Lydia almost immediately left the hospital, spurning efforts by the doctors to insist on a “thorough checkup.”
“Her parents and the believers did not allow it,” he explained, because the doctors had said she was dead.
He warned, however, of the danger in which the family lives.
“[The] Islamic threat is very strong. The latest information I got was that some of the community members [are getting] more violent,” he said.
Bibles for Mideast operates in almost 20 Middle East nations where, while Islam is the largest religion, “thousands upon thousands of people secretly believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior,” Ciniraj said.