Friday, April 11, 2008

"Miracle" stories can double as cautionary tales

Zach Dunlap doesn't remember the four-wheeler crash that landed him on life support in a Texas hospital last fall. But he does remember hearing a doctor pronounce him dead.

"I'm glad I couldn't get up and do what I wanted to do," Dunlap said recently during a "Today" show interview. The 21-year-old warehouse worker explained that if he could have expressed himself, there "probably would have been a broken window."

Fortunately for Dunlap, a perceptive cousin noticed Dunlap jerking his arm and foot in response to pain just minutes before a medical team was to begin harvesting his organs. A doctor then verified that Dunlap's movements were more than mere reflexes. Four months later, Dunlap is walking, talking and making the media rounds to tell a story that his family considers miraculous...