Barbara Breazeale

Barbara Breazeale

I know that I have written about a dear young man named Cole Ohrt from Mission Valley. Four years ago, he was driving his family’s ATV and it rolled and he was left paralyzed from the neck down.

They went to tons of doctors and even took a trip to China for special treatments but basically, he stayed the same.

Last year, I told you about a special miracle when the family secured a Lokamat Pro which is a very expensive machine that helps people with spinal cord injuries “walk” by holding them in place and moving their hands and arms.

It was a real “God Story” because the machine is well over half a million dollars and is produced in Europe. The family got a call from the manufacturer that a machine sent to the US and the hospital who received it, was available. They offered the machine to the Ohrt family for half price. Even then, it was still expensive. Well, don’t tell the Ohrt family or their friends what you can’t afford or can’t do.

A friend stepped forward to finance the purchase. Then God stepped in and motivated people to make it happen.

Bottom line, they made it work. They raised money and found a place to set it up for all of Victoria to share.

Last night, they had their second fundraiser at the VFW Hall in Cuero. Cole was there in his chair with a giant smile on his face. By the way, this young man believes he will be cured.

Your heart aches as you see him and think of what might have been, but you can’t see Cole without realizing that God had a plan in all this. Maybe we needed to have a Cole Ohrt among us to make us grateful for all we have. Maybe we needed to see strong faith in the midst of tragedy for us who do not have great faith. Maybe we needed a Cole Ohrt to motivate people to spend their money so others might have a better life.

This Lokamat Pro machine is only one of seven in the state of Texas. Little old Victoria with 100,000 people has something this special.

Last night they had a video and showed local people who are victims of stroke, paralysis, and Parkinson’s who are using this machine. Cole could have kept this machine only for himself but early on he said he wanted to help others who did not have insurance or needed access to this machine rather than traveling to a “big city” for treatment.

Well, drag out your Kleenex, for the big news. During the video, they announced that Cole moved his arm by himself two inches.

People were crying, in shock and I found myself thanking God.

The young man who was told over and over again that he would never move or walk, has moved.

(If you believe in miracles, send a donation to the Cole Ohrt Foundation at 2221 FM 237, Victoria, Texas 77905.)

Barbara Breazeale is a mom to four and grandmother to seven. She is the Advancement Director for Victoria House of Palms, P.O. Box 4886, Victoria Texas 77903. barbarabreazeale@gmail.com.

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Barbara Breazeale writes an occasional blog for the Victoria Advocate.