The Miracle of Ryan Marlow: Pastor who came back from the 'dead' making progress with wife's love
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE: A pastor from North Carolina who was declared dead from brain swelling in August has miraculously shown positive signs of "responsiveness and awareness."
37-year-old Ryan Marlow fell into a deep coma after suddenly falling ill about two months ago and suffering irreversible swelling in his brain, his wife Megan Marlow revealed in updates given on the Facebook page 'Ryan's Recovery'. The father-of-three was pronounced brain dead weeks later, but doctors were stunned when his feet moved while preparing to harvest his organs for donation.
“Long story short, he’s not brain dead, my friends,” Megan said in an August 31 video post on Facebook. “God’s kept him here. He’s supposed to be dead, he’s supposed to be at the funeral home right now according to these doctors.”
The pastor's condition dramatically improved over the past week, Megan revealed on Saturday, October 8. “Ryan is showing more responsiveness and awareness everyday! We can see him trying to participate in therapy,” she wrote. The doting wife shared another positive update on Monday, October 10, saying Ryan could squeeze her hand and respond to questions. “Ryan has had a great few days. It was a pretty quiet weekend. He seems to show a little more responsiveness every day. Today he shook his head yes and no multiple times and squeezes my hand just about every time I ask,” she wrote, adding that he also got a manicure, pedicure and facial in addition to his physiotherapy.
Megan said her husband was being treated at a long term acute care hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. “It’s really neat to be able to watch the process. A lot of joy in being able to see him do that and see where the Lord has taken him, you know, from having a death certificate to he’s looking at me right now with one eye open tracking me when I move. It’s just amazing,” she gushed.
Ryan and Megan have three children together, all under the age of six. As mentioned, the embattled family received the bad news in August. "He was clinically deceased. He had passed away," Megan recalled a nurse telling her. "She said 'your husband has passed.' Those were the words that were used.” Shortly after, however, Megan received a call from doctors saying Ryan had actually fallen short of neurological death. "They had put down clinical death on Saturday and they had to remove it. They had to take it off," Megan told WXII. "She said now the time of death would be Tuesday afternoon when he was in the OR and excavated.”
Megan also noted how she had to explain the unprecedented situation to her five-year-old son after telling him his father was in heaven. "I told him....God can do miracles and doctors may have been wrong about your daddy being in Heaven with Jesus so let’s just pray and let God do a miracle," she said, adding, "I had to be very careful how I worded it, but at the same time he was so devastated and hurt but if there’s a chance he can witness a miracle here at just five years old, that stuff will be with him for the rest of his life."