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Cardiologist's prayer raises man from the dead

Doctor Chauncey Carndall was called in by his medical colleagues to verify that a patient who had suffered cardiac arrest was dead and was ready to have all medical aid removed before the body was removed to the morgue.



adapted from an article by Assist News

part of Gospel for Asia


hospital patient An audience of 120 doctors from 50 countries sat in stunned silence as a renowned heart doctor produced evidence of how, after he had prayed for a patient who had died and was being prepared for the morgue, was brought back to life after prayer.
Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall, who serves at the Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, made his dramatic presentation which stunned his audience of fellow medical professionals. In his powerful testimony he produced dramatic evidence that was shown on the screen and since made publicly available.

Dr. Crandall began by saying that the dramatic incident took place in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“We had a fifty-three year old man who came to the emergency room with a massive heart attack and actually his heart had stopped,” he said. “The medical people had worked on him for over forty minutes in the emergency room and then declared him dead.

“They called me in to evaluate the patient towards the end of his treatment where they had unsuccessfully tried to revive him. The nurse was preparing his body to be taken down to the morgue when the Holy Spirit told me to ‘turn around and pray for that man.’ When the Holy Spirit talks to you, you have to respond. It’s sometimes a quiet voice and this was a quiet voice and to honor the Lord I did turn around and I went to the side of that stretcher where his body was being prepared."

Black with death


Dr. Chauncey Crandall
Chauncey CrandallIn making his presentation at the World Christian Doctors Network conference in Miami Dr. Crandall stated:
“There was no life in the man. His face and feet and arms were completely black with death and I sat next to his body and I prayed, ‘Lord, Father; how am I going to pray for this man? He’s dead. What can I do?’ All of a sudden, these words came out of my mouth, ‘Father, God, I cry out for the soul of this man if he does not know You as his Lord and Savior, please raise him from the dead right now in Jesus name.

“It was amazing as a couple minutes later, we were looking at the monitor and all of a sudden a heart beat showed up. It was a perfect beat; a normal beat; and then after a couple more minutes, he started moving and then his fingers were moving and then his toes began moving and then he started mumbling words.

“There was a nurse in the room -- she wasn’t a believer -- and she screamed out and said ‘Doctor Crandall, what have you done to this patient?’ And I said, ‘All I’ve done is cry out for his soul in Jesus name.’

“We quickly rushed the gentleman down to the intensive care unit, and the hospital was by now buzzing about the fact that a dead man had been brought back to life. After a couple of days he woke up. He had an amazing story to tell after I had asked him, ‘Where have you been and where were you on that day that you had that massive heart attack? You were gone and we prayed you back to life in Jesus name.’


Speaking to his recovered patient after the event, the astonish man said "It’s the most amazing thing. I was in a dark room and there was no light. It was complete darkness and I felt I was in a casket and I kept repeating that I was so disappointed. "All of a sudden, these men came in and they wrapped me up and they threw me in the trash."


The doctor the led the man to the Lord: "I explained the salvation message to this man as he sat in that bed and I held his hand and I cried out, ‘Father God, in the name of Jesus, I pray that this man accepts you as his Lord and Savior right here in the intensive care unit.’ He held out his hand and accepted Christ as his Savior with tears rolling down from his eyes and now he’s a child of God.

“I told him, ‘You never have to be thrown in the trash into total darkness now. The life of Christ is in you and the light of the kingdom of Heaven is on you now.”


No brain damage


When asked Dr. Crandall if there had been any brain damage to the patient.

“No there was no brain damage at all; his brain was completely normal,” he said. “I was most concerned about his hands because his fingers were completely black and he had some numbness in his fingers and his feet, but now that is totally resolved.”

Though at the time Dr. Crandall couldn't give the patient's name he advised: “All I can say is that he was fifty-three years old and he was a car mechanic. “He had a family that were believers, but he left them twenty years ago because he didn’t believe in the Lord. His family continued to pray for twenty years for his salvation, and his ex-wife was on her hands and knees praying for the salvation of her ex-husband, who came to know the Lord that day.”

 Back from the dead


When then asked if he had seen other similar miracles in his practice the doctor replied:

“I’ve been witness to three cases of people being raised from the dead,” he said. “One other case was when another patient came to the hospital with a massive heart attack. It was on the very day that I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and I’d been praying for weeks that I would receive this mighty baptism that the Lord can give us. We were working on this patient that came in again with a massive heart attack and who didn’t survive in the operating room.  

“All of a sudden, that Baptism of the Holy Spirit hit me and I started speaking in a spiritual language and crying over this patient in the operating room theatre who had passed away. And then, within five or ten minutes, the heartbeat came back and life came back to this patient. Once again, the nurses who are not believers looked at me as if to say, ‘There goes Doctor Crandall on another case.”

On the subject of what Dr. Crandall what he would like to say to doctor’s who do not believe in supernatural healing replied:
“I would just like to say to my colleagues and physicians out there, that the Lord is real. We’ve seen many miracles and we pray for our patients daily. There is not one week that goes by that we don't see a mighty miracle in our office. The people need this; they need the power of Christ in their life and they need the power of Christ for healing.

“I would just encourage my fellow doctors to get involved in a church, meet with a minister, and attend a healing service run by people that believe in the power of Jesus Christ. We love our colleagues in medicine we pray for them.”



In a longer interview Dr. Crandall talks about other circumstances in his professional life where God has intervened through prayer in miraculous ways.
On his web site the physician states: "I believe that we are living in an exciting and groundbreaking time. God has positioned his saints like never before to bring the gospel to all those who are hurting and need Christ’s powerful love and healing in their lives."

Ed footnote: Dr. Chauncey Crandall's biographical details can be found on his website.

Gospel for Asia/Christians Together, 25/06/2010

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John wilson (Guest) 05/07/2010 18:23
“In the absence of a god your argument is of no relevance at all,”

Wrong! In the absence of God the implications on society having no absolute moral standard are huge. There is no right or wrong other than what you or I want it to be. That is not an Exciting mix as you claim but a dangerous one.

“There are those that try to make sense of the world using their mental capacity, life experience and shared human values; in some cases they go on to legislate against people that harm society. There are others that lack quality and vision and have lost their way.”

By society then can I assume that you are basing your absolute moral standard on what the majority thinks? Or are you forced to admit that in an atheistic worldview you have no absolute standard for morality and no more right to define what is moral than I have.

“Enterprising people try to make the best of our shot at life by seeking meaning and a purpose in life. Some do it as individuals and often produce a ripple of goodness”

Again you talk about individuals who produce goodness but this is not the question, the question is by what absolute moral standard do you objectively compare goodness? Without one it’s an ambiguous term devoid of any true meaning in an atheistic worldview.

“Either way why actually worry about the various perceptions of goodness? Why worry from a philosophical point of view that your perception of this and that varies from mine? You are creating a question which has very little importance to non believers because they are too busy getting on with their shortish span of life and dealing with these different perceptions, sometimes very well and sometimes very badly!”

I am not worried about the various perceptions of goodness but am trying to help you see that without an absolute moral standard like God the underlying philosophy for an atheistic worldview falls apart and humanists are forced to borrow from biblical principles about morality. How do you decide what is bad without an absolute moral standard by which to objectively compare badness? What you believe to be bad, I may believe in all sincerity to be good!

“There are those that try to make sense of the world using their mental capacity, life experience and shared human values; in some cases they go on to legislate against people that harm society. There are others that lack quality and vision and have lost their way. It is an exciting mix;”

Does the majority really have the right to decide that I lack quality and vision because I have evolved the ability to violate my conscience and get ahead in life by any means so long as I can get away with it? Society may legislate against me, but what is their perception of my quality and vision based upon, the judge or the majority view of other homosephians? On What moral grounds does it have to decide that I lack quality and vision without absolute morality?

“In short the point you are making and the questions you put are not important but for some reason some Christians seem to think that such questions are important. Let us agree to differ about how important your point is!”

What point? If there is no God, ultimately, philosophically, how can one even be sure of the reality of my point? How can one even rationally believe that there is such a thing as my point, let alone decide what it is, remember your perception of my point is just another chemical reaction in the brain which in itself is the result of millions of years of random chance process. How could you possibly be sure of the reality of my point?

Every time you make a comment about what is “good” “bad” on these forums or claim to be “clear thinking” you are subconsciously borrowing from biblical principles and undermining your own argument.

Romans 2:15 (New International Version)
15since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.)

W Benn (Guest) 05/07/2010 22:04
Thank you John I enjoyed reading much of your contribution at 18.23. But not all of it.It is true that in the absence of godly dictats we are left to make sense of it.All this business about 'what right..' is disappointing but familiar nonsense.Enlightened humanity finds it useful to organise and make rules in the absence of Santa because otherwise there is a danger that the weak and less assertive will lose out to the unenlightened bullies even more than they do now.If you like that objective is not a right it is a responsibility for the sake of human progress.

Your good and my good may be different but it is fair to say that there is sufficient consensus about much of what is right and wrong [not all of course because it can be complex].Sometimes an individual may be right and the group wrong but that does not negate what I have said rather it is the stuff of history books.

Up to now I have been gentle about god as moral arbiter.Humanists do not borrow from the bible without considerable discrimination! Or put it another way, as Mark Twain said,
'It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand'.

I will not presume to lecture you about the horrendous godly instructions in the Old Testament because you are probably aware of them.A godly decree seems important to you but without it there is no need to wither and die prematurely.

God's agents [as they saw themselves] trashed Galileo, and burned witches by dictat. There are arbiters of morality and arbiters of morality; God,A C Grayling, the local smalls claims court, and many others, are in the frame but armed with an array to pick from I would not select the god of the Old Testament - having read much of it.

So the word absolute keeps cropping up and is used as if it is attached to a superior version of morality - one that humanity cannot surpass - but as I have already said, a reading of the Old Testament brings us back to a malicious god; it should convince people not to be worried about the world being dangerous without godly decree; in part it is a dangerous place because of what is said to be that very thing.
John Parker (Guest) 06/07/2010 09:45
Dear W. Benn,

With as much love and sensitivity as I can muster in this electronic environment can I say:

The points that you raise and the issues you discuss can be debated until the cows come home; or, the use a Christian scenario which is real rather then metaphorical, until Kingdom Come.

One of these days every one of use will have to look Jesus in the face (feel free not to believe that, but I'd rather be wrong on my side of the debate than wrong on yours) and when we do our response to him in this life will dictate our future in the next.
Benjamin Franklin said: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

Some people die in their beds; some, sadly and prematurely, die as a result of an accident or illness. But we all die; and to quote from 'Gone with the wind':
"Death, taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them."

There is the possibility that I might die mid-sentence (although if you are reading this I haven't). But there's that possibility for you too.

Every question you ever had will find their answer that day; but you may not like the personal consequences.

If (and again I would like to say this kindly) you are either sitting on the fence or merely playing a game, or possibly both.
Please don't assume that you will be able to do it forever.

Choose life in Jesus Christ. He will never fail you.
W Benn (Guest) 06/07/2010 12:47
Thank you for your contribution Mr Parker.

With reference to your third parageraph Pascal's wager has been looked at and dismissed by a number of people including me.

I am not on a fence and I am not playing a game. I am in there trying to make sense of the world and make a positive difference, however modest.

It will do you no harm to have another look at your Benjamin Faranklin quote in order to see the irony of your position.

Yes there is a lot to debate but not as much as you think; the Old Testament God is, by most understood standards of current best behaviour,a malicious and thoroughly unpleasant [thankfully mythical]entity.

The other John seems to be saying without God we are less than whole - a rabble that can't rise but so many people have enhanced humanity without much reference to a god or gods.They have not whimpered in the face of an absent arbiter rather they have got on with it.

Now some good news for you and other readers. I am leaving the site. I have previously said that the world is exciting; mortality is exciting, etc. etc.; well now I am going to get on with it and no doubt behave in a sinless but no doubt imperfect way. Three steps forward two steps back.

I can visualize it now 'that horrible man has gone thank goodness' or more extreme 'may he burn in hell'. Just like all those others who try to make a positive difference without help from the Holy Trinity.
Peter Carr 06/07/2010 13:35
W Benn said, "I can visualize it now 'that horrible man has gone thank goodness' or more extreme 'may he burn in hell'. Just like all those others who try to make a positive difference without help from the Holy Trinity."

Only God will have the last word to all of humanity, especially to those who refuse to acknowledge Him in this life! Ps 14: 1 "The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.""
Penny Lee 06/07/2010 13:58
I'm sorry you have such a negative opinion of us but I can assure you it is not in any way how we feel about you.
Peter Carr 06/07/2010 15:22
Nice sentimants Andrea, however I still prefer Ps 14: 1 when it comes to God having the final word on the true human condition without Him!!!
Jen (Guest) 06/07/2010 17:33
Yes God does intervene and raise people from the dead. Not sure how helpful it is to subsequently use the internet to broadcast these things.

Often Jesus said "don't tell anyone" Why? Because he knew the debate that would follow!

Two people are certain of what happened and I praise God for His grace in intervening in your situation and for the addition of yet another new believer in Christ. Give HIM ALL the glory!
Penny Lee 06/07/2010 19:26
Hi Peter,

My comments were to W and I leave God to be his judge. I have no right to judge anyone, only to make them aware of what God has said and I guess W already knows God's stance on the human state and has made his decision regardless.
Peter Carr 07/07/2010 07:26
I agree Andrea, hence Ps 14: 1
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