Imagine receiving a phone call that thrusts your heart from your chest into your throat. You sprint to your car and rush to the hospital, where you see your loved one laying in a bed – cold, without a pulse and no sign of life. What will you do next?

Joyce Smith had to answer this question in 2015, after her then 14-year-old son John Smith fell through the ice of Lake St. Louis while playing with his friends. For 45 minutes, John’s heart did not beat. Moments after arriving in the room, Joyce prayed and asked God to bring her son back. Her prayers were answered.

This isn’t a fairytale. Nor fiction. It is real life. A true story. And it happened in the St. Louis region.

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