I found this this morning. Strange story. But a tale of forgiveness and strength from an intern at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Houston. I really like the way the church apparently is rallying around this young lady.
A girl who was hit in the face with a brick paver while driving home the evening of May 3 has forgiven her attackers.
It was a night for lovers.
Megan Cox and her fiancé Frank Danna went to an Astro’s game. They were even caught by the Kiss Cam. After the ballgame, they headed to the home where Danna has been staying while completing an internship in the Metropolitan Baptist Church student ministry.
Tired, Cox decided to go home around midnight after hanging out for a few hours, so to keep her alert, Danna stayed on the phone with her as she drove home.
The couple began talking about how crazy life can be when Danna heard a cracking noise.
“I heard something hit the phone and I heard her say ‘I think I’m blind,’” Danna said. She told him that she thought she had been hit with a pumpkin.
As Cox drove down Huffmeister Road, she entered a dark wooded area between neighborhoods past Telge Road nearing Goodson Elementary.
She noticed a swerving SUV driving her direction and cautiously slowed down while pulling over to the side of the road.
She didn’t see the brick paver at the time, but she knew that she had been hit. Remaining calm, Cox pulled over, put her brakes and hazards on, and asked Danna to call the police while she phoned her parents.
She retrieved her phone, which had been ripped out of her hand by the brick, from the backseat and wrapped a towel around her head while she waited for help to come.
A CT scan revealed that the entire left side of her face had been crushed by the brick. Her jaw was fractured, her eyelid cut in two and her tear duct was nicked.
Cox spent seven hours in reconstruction surgery on Monday morning to repair both her eye and her cheekbone.
“For the past couple of days she’s been recuperating and getting her strength back,” Danna said. “She saw her wound for the first time Wednesday.”
Doctors anticipate a nine-month healing period and for the first two months, Cox will have to eat soft foods while her jaw heals.
“She has been amazing,” Danna said.
Between 150 and 200 people have come to Memorial Herman Hospital to show their support for Cox.
“Thousands of people have heard about it and people all over entire world are praying for her,” Danna said. “People I haven’t talked to in five to six years are calling me on my new cell phone number that I got on Saturday. A guy from American Steele is donating $5,000 to find the people who did this.”
When the tragedy was announced to church members, a calendar sign-up sheet to bring food to the Cox house filled up within 15 minutes.
Danna said God has played a major part in the healing and support of Cox.
“As soon as we were able to talk to her she said, ‘With the love of Christ, I’ve already forgiven these people,’” Danna said.