BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – NEWS coming out of Jamaica states that a Pastor of the Visionaries Apostolic in Montego Bay, St. James, claimed to have miraculously brought a Deacon of his church back to live through “prayer and audacious faith”.
According to The Star, the 72-year-old Deacon, Ansel Daley, is singing praises to God after he ‘died’ last Sunday (Jan. 5) in church but was miraculously raised by his Pastor, Bishop Robert Coates.
The media outlet stated that Coates, who is the leader of the church for the past 12 years, said he was at the end of his sermon when he realised that a crowd was around his Deacon.
Coates said that he quickly stepped off the rostrum and went to investigate and found that Daley died in the church.
“He completely fell dead. (There was) No pulse and his body went cold. No breathing, no movement, no vital signs of life were there. The only thing was to rush him to the hospital or to exercise faith, which is what we did. Through prayer and audacious faith, we saw signs of life come back to our dear brother,” The Star quoted him as saying.
He also told The Star that Daley, who was dead for five minutes, had struggles with high blood pressure and diabetes.
However, medical practitioner Dr. Winston Dawes reportedly said that Daley might have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA), which is a stroke that lasts only a few minutes.
Dr. Dawes explained that it happens when the blood supply to a part of the brain is briefly blocked and that persons who are diabetic and hypertensive would experience those symptoms.
Deacon Daley is reportedly convinced that he was brought back from the dead.
“I believe that through Jesus Christ, he (Coates) was able to raise me from the dead. He couldn’t do it by himself. Same as how Jesus work through the doctors, he was able to work through him as well,” he told The Star.
When asked by the media house to recall what happened on that fateful day, Daley said: “I wasn’t feeling so good in my body that Sunday and when bishop start to preach, mi feel like mi want to sleep. After that I don’t hear nothing at all. I don’t remember nothing. I was a dead man. From what people told me, I was cold. All I have to do is give God the glory because is Him alone.”
Daley also said that he is recovering from the sudden events. “I am coming on. I am not so great but I am trying to be good,”
That was not the first time Bishop Coates reportedly performed a miracle.
He told The Star that it is his calling to heal people and to raise whom God wants him to raise from the dead.
"I have seen the dead raised in my ministry more than five times. I have seen a baby passed out cold, no movement, no life. I laid hands upon her. I placed her on the floor, spread myself over her, like Elisha did, and I prayed and life entered back into the baby.
"I have seen Ashanti White, who passed in my ministry dead, raised from the dead by the laying of my hands. I have seen a lady in hospital who was code blue. She was a nurse and the doctors said she was dead. She was completely out. I walked past all the doctors and went over to her and called her back into the land of the living,"
Meanwhile, a similar occurrence took place last Boxing Day at the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH) in Trinidad, when 75-year-old Ahamad Khan reportedly came back from the dead.
According to the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian, Khan’s relatives said that on the night of December 26, 2019 he had suffered a heart attack and was rushed to the SFGH where he was pronounced dead at 9.15 p.m.
However, just as relatives finished signing the relevant documents to have his body transferred to the hospital’s morgue, some 25 minutes later, Khan woke up.
They told the Guardian that he is now able to move his hand and feet, and could even speak.
One relative told the media house that it was not Khan’s first time suffering a heart attack, noting that in 2018 he was “diagnosed with three arteries 99 percent clogged”
After his ordeal, the relative said he had been at the casualty awaiting a bed since.
The relative also said that Khan has lived an adventurous life, travelling the world on vacation, working in various jobs, and even sacrificing of himself to take care of his siblings at age 10 when he dropped out of school to sell in the market to support them.
The Guardian said it had reached out to the South West Regional Health Authority for a comment on the matter.
The Health Authority disputed the family’s version of events, which was also posted to social media, saying,
“The Facebook post details a very inaccurate account of an acute situation, which attempts to injure the reputation of the dedicated health cae professions at the San Fernando General Hospital and the SWRHA. The SWRHA maintains and protects the confidential information of all patients and reiterates our staff commitment to the provision of excelent health care.”