Miracles happen every day. Some are so small we may miss them. Then there are times they are so big, we need to relish in them.
This story is that miracle.
A Phoenix couple, Tina and Brian Hines, went out for a hike when Tina collapsed.
Tina was always in good health. She was fit, worked out, and ate healthily. There was no reason she should have had a cardiac episode.
It didn’t make sense.
“Her eyes didn’t close, and they were rolled back in her head. She was purple and not making any noise or breathing,” Brian told AZFamily.
Brian sprang into action and administered CPR on his wife. It brought her back, but soon her heart stopped again. When the paramedics arrived, they attempted to revive her three more times.
She was dead for 27 minutes.
You would think this would end up a horrifically sad story, but on the “other side” a miracle happened. Tina woke up.
She was in the hospital when her eyes opened and she had something to say. Being she was intubated, she couldn’t speak but motioned for a pen and paper.
Her message read: “It’s real”
Confusion set in and her family asked, “What’s real?”
Tina pointed to the ceiling and with tears in her eyes confirmed she meant heaven.
“It was so real, the colors were so vibrant,” said Tina. While she was gone, she describes seeing Jesus, surrounded by yellow light in front of black gates.
After leaving the hospital the Hines’ visited the 911 operator, firefighters, and paramedics that saved her life.
“We ended up shocking her three times on scene and two en route,” said one Phoenix firefighter to AZFamily. “I’ve never shocked anyone five times.”
“It’s one of those calls that none of us will ever forget,” said another rescuer. “I was a witness to a miracle is the way I look at it.”
No matter what you believe, this story gives all the feels. It has to make you wonder if there is someone watching over us.
This moment touched her family as well. Tina’s niece, Madie, took the inspiration of “It’s real” and memorialized it into her flesh.
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(sharing because this story is too cool not to share) A little over a year ago my Aunt Tina, one of the most amazing, discerning, and healthy people I know had an unexpected cardiac arrest and according to doctors had died and was brought back to life four times by my Uncle Brian and first responders before arriving to the hospital. She was put on a defibrillator and after miraculously waking up the first thing she did, unable to speak because she was intubated, was ask for a pen and in my cousins journal wrote “it’s real”. The people in the room asked “what’s real?” and she responded by pointing up to heaven with tears in her eyes. Her story is too real not to share and has given me a stronger confidence in a faith that so often goes unseen. It has given me a tangibleness to an eternal hope that is not too far away. I love you @_tinahines! The way you boldly love Jesus and others has changed the way I hope to live and love❤️
“(Sharing because this story is too cool not to share),” she wrote in an Instagram post. “A little over a year ago my Aunt Tina, one of the most amazing, discerning, and healthy people I know had an unexpected cardiac arrest…She was put on a defibrillator and after miraculously waking up the first thing she did, unable to speak because she was intubated, was ask for a pen and in my cousin’s journal wrote, ‘It’s real.’ The people in the room asked, ‘What’s real?’ and she responded by pointing up to heaven with tears in her eyes.”
Today, Tina is happy and healthy. She’s had a defibrillator and pacemaker put in to help avoid any future complications.
When Madie decided to get the tattoo to remember this incredible and life-altering event, Tina chimed in on her Facebook.
“I shall pursue the #itsreal tattoo, because of you!”
Religion is a touchy topic for some, but this moment was truly a miracle no matter what you believe.