A Car Accident Left Her Crippled. But What Happened Next Will Blow You Away!

A Car Accident Left Her Crippled. But What Happened Next Will Blow You Away!


A FREAK CAR ACCIDENT LEFT
HER CRIPPLED BUT IN AN INSTANT A
SUPERNATURAL HAND LIFTS HER UP AND SHE IS HEALED
OF 39 PHYSICAL INFIRMITIES NEXT ON THIS EDITION OF
IT’S SUPERNATURAL. [MUSIC♪] CENTURIES HAVE COME AND
GONE OFFERING WISDOM AND [MUSIC♪] SID ROTH: HELLO. SID ROTH YOUR
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER HERE WITH GARY DISTEFANO. AND GARY, YOU’RE ACCIDENT
PRONE, BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU
SHOULDN’T HAPPEN TO ANYONE. I MEAN, YOU’RE DRIVING
YOUR CAR AND SOMEONE PLOWS INTO YOU. HOW DID THIS ACCIDENT
HAPPEN? GARY: THIS HAPPENED IN
JULY OF 1983. I WAS MINDING MY OWN
BUSINESS DRIVING A TOYOTA COROLLA THROUGH A VERY
BUSY INTERSECTION IN NEW YORK STATE, NEW YORK CITY,
ACTUALLY IN QUEENS, AND I WAS PROCEEDING
THROUGH A GREEN LIGHT JUST ABOUT TO SHIFT INTO THIRD
GEAR, SO I WAS GOING ABOUT 20
MILES AN HOUR AND SUDDENLY A CADILLAC BROADSIDED ME. SHE WAS GOING ABOUT 80
MILES AN HOUR. SID: WHAT’S THE NEXT THING
YOU REMEMBERED? GARY: WELL I STAYED AWAKE
DURING THE ENTIRE EPISODE AND SHE EMBEDDED MY CAR
AND AT THE LAST INSTANT WHEN SHE REALIZED THAT SHE
WAS ABOUT TO HIT ME, EXCEPT THAT SHE HAD
ALREADY HIT ME. SHE TRIED STEERING AWAY
AND AT THIS POINT SHE PLOWED MY CAR HEAD ON INTO
OTHER TRAFFIC THAT WAS STANDING AT THE LIGHT ON
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET. SO MY CAR WAS LIKE THIS
AND THEN LIKE THAT. AND I STAYED AWAKE DURING
THE WHOLE THING. IT STARTED GOING IN SLOW
MOTION AND WHEN THE CAR STOPPED, IT’S NOT EXACTLY
LIKE YOU SEE IN THE MOVIES. THERE AREN’T PEOPLE
WAITING IN THE WINGS TO COME OUT AND TAKE CARE OF
YOU, AND PULL YOU OUT OF THE
CAR. AND THIS WAS AT 5:20 IN
THE AFTERNOON. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT
NEW YORK CITY THERE’S A LOT HAPPENINGS. SID: BUSY. GARY: THERE’S CABS AND
BUSSES, AND TRAINS, AND MANY, MANY
PEOPLE WALKING ON THE STREET, AND WAS AS IF TIME
HAD STOOD STILL. THE CAR STOPPED. I REALIZED THAT I WAS
PROBABLY DEAD BECAUSE IT FELT LIKE I HAD BEEN
RIPPED OPEN. WHAT HAPPENED IS AT THE
TIME OF IMPACT I GOT THROWN FORWARD AND MY BODY
BROKE IN HALF FROM MY NECK DOWN OVER THE STEERING
WHEEL ON THE RIGHT SIDE. AND I WAS A BODY BUILDER
AT THE TIME, SO I WAS VERY AWARE OF MY
BODY, AND IT SOUNDED TO ME AS
IF, AND FELT, AS IF I HAD BEEN
RIPPED OPEN. AND I LOOKED DOWN
EXPECTING TO SEE BLOOD LITERALLY GUSHING FROM THE
FRONT OF MY BODY. AND WHEN I LOOKED DOWN I
WAS WEARING THIS VERY PRETTY YELLOW DRESS AND
THERE WAS NOT A DROP OF BLOOD ON THE DRESS. SO I IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT
WELL THEY MUST CLEAN YOU UP BEFORE YOU GO TO THE
NEXT PLACE, WHEREVER THE NEXT PLACE
WAS. SID: YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE
DEAD. GARY: WELL I THOUGHT I
WAS, AND BY ALL RIGHTS I HEARD
TWO BONES IN MY NECK, YOU KNOW, CRACK. I FELT EVERYTHING ON THE
RIGHT SIDE OF MY BODY GO AND MY ARM GOT CAUGHT
BECAUSE IT WAS DOWN AT THE SHIFT. AND AS THE CAR COLLAPSED
MY ARM GOT CAUGHT BETWEEN THE STEERING WHEEL AND THE
DASHBOARD, AND WHEN I LOOKED DOWN MY
ARM WAS THE SAME SIZE AS MY LEG. THESE TWO FINGERS WERE
HANGING OFF. THIS FINGER WAS HANGING
OFF. IT WAS NOT PRETTY. SID: NOW WHEN YOU SAY YOU
THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO THE NEXT PLACE. OUT OF CURIOSITY, ANY IDEA
WHERE? GARY: WELL I DIDN’T THINK
I WAS SUCH A BAD PERSON, SO I THOUGHT I WAS GOING
TO HEAVEN. AND THEN I FELT HEAT, AND
I LOOKED UP AND THERE WAS FIRE. AND SO I THOUGHT WELL
MAYBE I’M NOT GOING TO WHERE I THOUGHT I WAS
GOING. AND I REALIZED, NO, THIS
IS FIRE. I’M STILL IN THE CAR AND
NOBODY IS COMING TO HELP ME GET OUT. SID: SO WHAT HELL WAS, WAS
HELL ON EARTH. THIS CAR WAS ON FIRE. GARY: YES. AND YOU KNOW, YOU WANT TO
GET OUT. YOU FIGURE, YOU KNOW YOU
SEE SO MUCH TV. THE FLAMES ARE TRAVELING. IT’S A LITTLE CAR. IT’S EVEN SMALLER NOW THAN
WHEN I HAD ORIGINALLY GOTTEN INTO IT AND IT’S
GOING TO HIT THE GAS TANK AND THE WHOLE THING IS
GOING TO EXPLODE, AND I’M GOING TO DIE
AFTERWARDS. AND IT JUST DIDN’T SEE
RIGHT THAT I SHOULD LIVE THROUGH THE HARD PART AND
THEN GET BLOWN UP. SO I WAS ON A MISSION TO
GET OUT OF THE CAR. AND BEING AN ATHLETE SID:
NOW WHY WERE YOU ON A MISSION? WHY WAS IT DIFFICULT TO
NOT JUST OPEN THE DOOR AND GO OUT? GARY: WELL THE LEFT SIDE
OF MY CAR WAS NOW IN THE MIDDLE OF MY CAR WITH THE
CADILLAC. SID: WELL THAT WOULD MAKE
IT DIFFICULT. GARY: RIGHT. SO THAT WAS NOT EVEN A
POSSIBILITY. SO SINCE I WAS ALREADY
HALFWAY TO THE RIGHT SIDE, I FIGURED THE RIGHT SIDE
IS THE WAY I SHOULD GO. SO I WENT TO MOVE TO THE
RIGHT AND OF COURSE WITH MY CLAVICLE SPLIT IN HALF
IT WAS KIND OF HARD TO MANEUVER. BUT I DID GET OVER THERE
AND COULDN’T GET THE DOOR OPEN. I DID NOT REALIZE THAT
WHEN THE CAR HAD BUCKLED, WHATEVER PARTS OF THE CAR
CAME IN WAS KEEPING THE DOORS FROM BEING OPEN ON
THAT SIDE OF THE CAR. BUT I FIGURED, NO PROBLEM,
I’LL JUST JUMP OVER THE BACK SEAT AND I’LL CLIMB
OUT OF ANOTHER DOOR. SID: BROKEN CLAVICLE AND
ALL. GARY: I WASN’T THINKING
THAT CLEARLY. I JUST WANTED TO GET OUT
OF THE CAR. AND OF COURSE AS SOON AS I
WENT TO TURN TO GET OVER THE SEAT, THAT WAS NOT
GOING TO HAPPEN. NOW I REALIZED I WAS
TRAPPED AND STILL COULD NOT UNDERSTAND WHY NOBODY
WAS COMING TOWARDS ME. SID: AND THE CAR IS ON
FIRE. GARY: YES, THE WHOLE FRONT
OF THE CAR IS ON FIRE. WELL ADRENALIN, THAT’S A
WONDERFUL THING THAT HAPPENS IN THE BODY WHEN
YOU’RE UNDER THIS KIND OF PRESSURE. AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE
WAS LIKE A REVERSE WATERFALL AND I HAD
ENERGY. I FELT LIKE I COULD MOVE A
TRAIN. I ACTUALLY REMEMBERED
READING OF STORIES OF WHERE CARS HAD ROLLED
BACKWARDS ON THE DRIVEWAYS AND THE MOTHER CAME
RUNNING OUT AND LIFTED THE CAR OFF HER KIDS. I PUSHED THE DOOR AND
MOVED IT ABOUT FOUR INCHES, GRABBED MY BODY
BECAUSE IT WAS JUST HANGING, AND I SQUEEZED
OUT, RAN AROUND TO THE OTHER
SIDE, AND I WAS MARRIED AT THE
TIME TO AN ATTORNEY, AND HE WAS UNCONSCIOUS
DURING THE WHOLE ACCIDENT. OPENED THE DOOR, I WAS
ABLE TO PRY THE DOOR OPEN FROM THE OUTSIDE AND HE,
LIKE I SAID WAS UNCONSCIOUS. SO I PICKED HIM UP, HE WAS
ALSO A BODY BUILDER, AND I CARRIED HIM AWAY
FROM THE CAR THINKING ANY MINUTE THE CAR IS GOING TO
BLOW UP. SID: I MEAN, IN THE
NATURAL YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO
ANYTHING. GARY: NO. SID: ALL RIGHT. OKAY, SO YOU PULL HIM
AWAY. NOW WHAT HAPPENS? GARY: WELL HE CAME TO AND
ASKED ME IF I WOULD KINDLY GO BACK AND GET HIS
BRIEFCASE BECAUSE HE WAS AN ATTORNEY AND HE NEEDED
THAT, AND I JUST FIGURED OKAY. SO OFF I WENT BACK TO THE
CAR THINKING I’LL PICK UP MY POCKETBOOK, COULDN’T
GRAB THAT BECAUSE IT WAS ON THE BACK SEAT, GOT HIS
LITTLE BRIEFCASE AND DECIDED EVERYTHING IS
STARTING TO COLLAPSE IN MY BODY. THE ADRENALIN WAS EBBING
AWAY AND I NEEDED TO LIE DOWN. I JUST FELT THAT I NEEDED
TO LIE DOWN. AND THERE WAS A LOT OF
GLASS. GLASS WAS EVERYWHERE ON
THE STREET. AND STILL AWARE THAT NOT
ONE PERSON HAD COME TO MY RESCUE. EVERYTHING HAD STOPPED. PEOPLE WERE WATCHING, BUT
NOBODY WAS COMING TOWARDS ME. SO I ONLY CAN IMAGINE THAT
I MUST HAVE BEEN MOVING AT SUPER SPEED BECAUSE IN MY
MIND IT WAS TAKING FOREVER. BUT I TOOK HIS BRIEF CASE
AND I WENT TO THE SIDEWALK AND I FIXED MY DRESS, AND
I LAID DOWN. SID: YOU HAD ENOUGH
PRESENCE OF MIND. GARY: I FIGURED, YOU KNOW,
JUST LOOK NICE AND JUST LAY RIGHT NOW THE
BRIEFCASE AND JUST ANALYZE WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO
NEXT. AND IT WAS THE FIRST TIME
IN MY LIFE THAT I REALIZED I WASN’T IN CONTROL AND I
WASN’T GOING ANYWHERE. SID: WELL YOU KNOW WHAT,
THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS EVEN IF YOU’RE IN CONTROL,
YOU’RE REALLY NOT IN CONTROL. YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT
I’M TALKING ABOUT? HANG IN THERE. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK AND
I’LL EXPLAIN. DON’T GO AWAY. [MUSIC♪] [MUSIC♪] SID: HELLO. SID ROTH YOUR
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER HERE WITH GARY DISTEFANO. SHE JUST MINDED HER OWN
BUSINESS AND A CAR PLOWS INTO HER. ALL OF A SUDDEN THE CAR IS
ON FIRE. IT’S ALL BASHED IN. SHE CAN’T GET OUT. SHE FINALLY GETS OUT AND
THE AMBULANCE COMES, TAKES YOU TO THE HOSPITAL. WHAT HAPPENED? GARY: I WAS IN THE TRAUMA
CENTER FOR 36 HOURS. THEY WERE POSITIVE THAT I
WAS GOING TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK. THEY DID THREE EKGS. WE DETERMINED WITHIN THE
NEXT TEN HOURS THAT I HAD THE ENTIRE WINDOW FROM MY
SIDE OF THE CAR IN MY BACK. SO THAT TOOK ANOTHER TEN
HOURS TO PULL ALL THE GLASS OUT OF MY BACK. AND AFTER THE 36 HOURS
WHEN THEY BECAME CONVINCED I WASN’T GOING TO HAVE A
HEART ATTACK THEY JUST THREW ME ON A REGULAR
FLOOR WITH A BROKEN NECK, ALL MY RIBS BROKEN, A
BROKEN CLAVICLE, THE RIGHT ARM USELESS,
EVERYTHING HOOKED UP TO THE LEFT ARM AND THEY SENT
UP THE FIRST MEAL, WHICH WAS CHICKEN ON A
BONE. THAT WAS VERY EXCITING. AND I REALIZED IT WASN’T
SAFE IN THIS HOSPITAL. THERE WAS A TEAM OF
DOCTORS, ALL THE HEADS OF DIFFERENT
DEPARTMENTS, EVERYBODY ARGUING WHO WAS
MORE IMPORTANT. ONE GUY WOULD COME IN AND
PUT SOMETHING ON ME. THE NEXT ONE WOULD COME IN
AND SAY, WHO PUT THAT ON YOU? YOU’RE THE DOCTORS, I’M
THE PATIENT, ONE OF YOU FIGURE IT OUT. AFTER FIVE DAYS OF
COMPLETE INSANITY TAKING X-RAYS OF THE WRONG SIDE
OF MY BODY, WRONG MEDICATION, WRONG
EVERYTHING, I GOT OUT OF THE HOSPITAL. IT WAS NOW THE WEEKEND. I HAD TO WAIT TWO MORE
DAYS AND FINALLY GOT TO AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON WHO
EXAMINED ME, TOOK A FEW X-RAYS AND PUT
A CLAVICULAR SPLINT ON ME, AND BASICALLY THAT WAS THE
FIRST GLIMMER OF HOPE THAT I MAY EVEN HAVE SOME
SEMBLANCE OF A NORMAL BODY. BECAUSE AT THIS POINT
AFTER A WEEK, MY SHOULDER HAD COMPLETELY
COLLAPSED INSIDE MY BODY AND THIS WHOLE HALF OF MY
BODY BASICALLY DIDN’T EXIST. IT HAD JUST KIND OF CAVED
IN. SID: AND YOUR BODY WAS
VERY IMPORTANT TO YOU. YOU WERE A BODY BUILDER. GARY: I WAS A BODY BUILDER
AND I HAD SPENT THE PREVIOUS YEAR BUILDING UP
TO A COMPETITION, WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO TAKE
PLACE TWO WEEKS AFTER THIS ACCIDENT, AND I WAS
SUPPOSED TO DO VERY WELL IN THIS COMPETITION, AND I
JUST WAS SO DEVASTATED THAT MY BODY WAS
DISAPPEARING RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES AND THERE WAS
NOTHING I COULD DO. BESIDES THE BODY BUILDING,
I PLAYED TENNIS, I ROLLER SKATED, I RODE A
BICYCLE, I WAS AN ATHLETE AND I WAS
VERY, VERY ANGRY THAT SOMEBODY
HAD DONE THIS TO ME AND JUST DIDN’T SEEM LIKE I
WOULD EVER, YOU KNOW, HAVE A NORMAL
BODY AGAIN. SID: WHAT’S ALL THIS
PARAPHERNALIA HERE? GARY: WELL THIS IS JUST
SOME OF THE STUFF THAT I HAD TO ENDURE DURING THE
RECOVERY. WHEN YOUR NECK IS FIRST
BROKEN IT’S VERY SWOLLEN, SO THERE’S A THICKER
COLLAR. AND THEN AS THE SWELLING
GOES DOWN THEY GET THINNER AND THEN THIS WAS THE LAST
ONE AS I RECALL. I HAD A CLAVICULAR SPLINT
ON FOR MOST OF THE FIRST YEAR AND THEN AFTER THAT
CAME OFF I HAD A BACK BRACE, WHICH HAD STEEL
BARS ALL THROUGH IT. THERE’S FOUR STEEL BARS. AND IF YOU COULD SEE, I’M
NOT REALLY A HUGE PERSON AND THIS THING WOULD JUST
DIG IN AND UNCOMFORTABLE DOESN’T EVEN COME CLOSE TO
IT. AND I WAS HORIZONTAL FOR
ALMOST TWO YEARS. SID: THAT SOUNDS AWFUL
BECAUSE YOU WERE AN ACTIVE PERSON FROM WHAT YOU TELL
ME. GARY: YES. THIS WAS DEPRESSING, JUST
DEMORALIZING. IT WAS HUMILIATING. I COULDN’T DO ANYTHING BY
MYSELF. I COULDN’T GET OUT OF THE
BED BY MYSELF. I COULDN’T SHOWER MYSELF. I COULD NOT DO ANYTHING BY
MYSELF. BUT I JUST HAVE A PRETTY
STRONG WILLPOWER AND I DETERMINED THAT ONE WAY OR
THE OTHER I WAS GOING TO GET OUT OF THIS BED. AND EVENTUALLY AFTER ABOUT
TWO YEARS, I WAS ABLE TO GET UP, AND
AT THAT TIME WE DISCOVERED THAT I HAD LOST ALL THE
CARTILAGE IN BOTH KNEES. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’VE
NOTICED, BUT IT’S KIND OF DIFFICULT
TO WALK OR DO STEPS, OR DO ANYTHING WITHOUT
CARTILAGE. SID: OH SURE. ALL RIGHT. ALL RIGHT, I KNOW THE
CANE. I KNOW WHAT THAT’S FOR. WHAT’S THIS? GARY: WELL WHEN WE
DISCOVERED I HAD NO CARTILAGE, THE DOCTORS
DECIDED TO PUT ME IN A WHEELCHAIR. AND I HAD BEEN IN BED FOR
TWO YEARS. THERE WAS JUST NO WAY I
WAS GETTING IN A WHEELCHAIR. SO THEY FITTED ME FOR
BRACES. YOU COULD FEEL THE WEIGHT
OF THIS BABY. IT’S HEAVY. SO WHAT I HAD TO DO IS I
HAD TO POP MY KNEECAPS TO THE FRONT OF MY FOOT, OF
MY LEG SO THAT I CAN SLIDE THESE ON AND THEY HAVE
NICE HINGES, SO IT HELPS YOU. SID: OKAY. SO YOU HAVE ALL THIS
PARAPHERNALIA. BY THIS POINT YOU HAD
GOTTEN A DIVORCE AND YOU DECIDE, I KNOW WHAT I
NEED. I NEED SOME SUN AND FUN. I’M GOING TO GO TO
FLORIDA. SO SHE’S LAYING OUT ON THE
BEACH. SHE CAN’T WALK. NO ONE KNOWS THIS BECAUSE
SHE’S JUST LAYING THERE AND A NICE LOOKING GUY
SAYS, ‘LET’S GO IN THE WATER.’
AND WHAT DID YOU SAY TO HIM? I SAID, ‘NO THANK YOU. I JUST DO SAND. I DO SUN. I DON’T DO WATER,’ BECAUSE
THERE WAS NO WAY I COULD GET TO THE WATER. I HAD PUT ALL OF THIS
STUFF IN A BAG. SID: SO HE TURNS OUT TO BE
A MASSEUSE. HE STARTS GIVING YOU A LOW
PRICE MASSAGE. WHY DID HE DO LOW PRICE
MASSAGES? GARY: THAT’S HIS MINISTRY. SID: REALLY? GARY: YES. SID: BUT I UNDERSTAND YOU
GOT MORE THAN THAT. HE STARTED, AS HE’S
MASSAGING YOU, WHAT IS COMING OUT OF HIS
MOUTH? GARY: EVERYTHING ABOUT
JESUS, EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO
KNOW AND ESPECIALLY DIDN’T CARE ABOUT. HE JUST DID NOT STOP. SID: SO WHAT’S WRONG WITH
THAT? GARY: WELL I’M JEWISH AND
I REALLY DIDN’T THINK THAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO HEAR ANY
OF THIS AND IT DIDN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH MY
LIFE. SID: SO WHY DID YOU KEEP
GOING BACK TO HIM? GARY: WELL HE WAS A REALLY
GOOD MASSAGE THERAPIST AND I WOULD GO TO SLEEP,
FIGURING HE’D JUST STOP TALKING AND I WOULD SLEEP,
AND I’D WAKE UP AND HE WAS STILL TALKING. SID: SO YOU’RE STILL
PRETTY MESSED UP. YOU GO BACK TO NEW YORK
AND ALL OF A SUDDEN SOMETHING HITS YOU IN YOUR
HOUSE OR APARTMENT. WHAT HIT YOU? GARY: WELL WHAT ACTUALLY
HAPPENED WAS I HAD JUST MOVED INTO AN APARTMENT
AND WAS BENDING DOWN TO PICK UP A BOX, AND
OBVIOUSLY WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN GOOD SHAPE TO BEGIN
WITH THERE’S NO REAL CORRECT WAY TO BEND. AND I PICKED UP THIS BOX
AND I HERNIATED A DISC, WHICH IMPLODED INWARDS,
PARALYZING MY SCIATIC NERVE. SID: JUST WANT YOU NEEDED. GARY: WHY NOT? I HAD THE LEFT SIDE, SO
NOW I HAVE THE RIGHT SIDE IS A MESS. THE LEFT SIDE HAS
BASICALLY LEFT ME AS A STROKE VICTIM. I COULD NOT LEFT THIS ARM,
THE LEG, MY EYE, EVERYTHING ON THE
LEFT SIDE OF MY BODY WAS DESTROYED. SID: NOW YOU WERE IN THAT
CONDITION FOR, WHAT WAS IT, A FEW WEEKS
UNTIL YOUR PARENTS CAME? GARY: RIGHT. I WAS IN AND OUT OF
CONSCIOUSNESS FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS. I HAD JUST MOVED TO THIS
APARTMENT, NO PHONE YET. SID: BY MYSELF? GARY: BY MYSELF. SID: THAT MUST HAVE BEEN
AWFUL. GARY: IT WAS HORRENDOUS. IT WAS FRIGHTENING. I REMEMBER CUTTING OFF ALL
MY HAIR BECAUSE IT HAD GOTTEN SO MATTED AND
KNOTTED FROM THE DELIRIUM THAT I WAS IN. I DON’T REMEMBER EATING. I DON’T REMEMBER MUCH OF
ANYTHING EXCEPT PERIODICALLY WAKING UP AND
WONDERING WHERE I WAS AND WHY NOBODY WAS LOOKING FOR
ME, AND I COULDN’T MOVE. THERE WAS JUST NO WAY FOR
ME TO MOVE. SID: SO YOUR PARENTS CAME
IN, FOUND YOU. GARY: YES. SID: REHABILITATED YOU A
LITTLE. NO? GARY: NO. SID: NO? GARY: NO. SID: NO? WHY? GARY: THEY DETERMINED THAT
I NEEDED SURGERY AND I DETERMINED THAT THE THEORY
I HAD DEVELOPED DURING THE FIRST TIME IN THE HOSPITAL
WAS THAT THE REASON THEY CALLED PRACTICING MEDICINE
IS BECAUSE IF THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING THEY
WOULD CALL IT DOING MEDICINE. AND I FIGURED THIS IS MY
BACK. I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE ANY
CHANCES. I AT LEAST HAVE HALF A
SIDE THAT’S WORKING, SO WE’RE NOT GOING TO DO
THAT. I JUST WASN’T GOING TO
HAVE SURGERY. AND SINCE I COULD NO
LONGER TAKE CARE OF MYSELF WE MADE A FAMILY DECISION
THAT I WAS GOING TO MOVE BACK TO FLORIDA WITH THEM
AND THEY WERE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF ME AND I
WOULD JUST DO ONE STEP AT A TIME DEFINITELY NOT
SURGERY WAS NEVER AN OPTION FOR ME. SID: BE RIGHT BACK AFTER
THIS. [MUSIC♪] [MUSIC♪] SID: HELLO. SID ROTH YOUR
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER HERE WITH GARY DISTEFANO. AND THIS WOMAN, I MEAN,
SHE WAS, YOU’RE ALMOST LIKE A
STROKE VICTIM. TELL ME WHAT WAS WRONG
WITH YOUR BODY. GARY: OKAY. FROM THE NECK DOWN THE TWO
BONES IN THE NECK CAUSED UNBELIEVABLE PAIN BECAUSE
YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A CURVE IN YOUR NECK. WITH THE WAY THE BONES
HEALED, THEY HEALED STRAIGHT, SO
THERE WAS CONSTANT PRESSURE. THE CLAVICLE CAME
TOGETHER. IT TOOK MONTHS AND MONTHS
FOR IT TO COME TOGETHER, BUT MY SHOULDER HEALED
SLANTED DOWN. THE RIBS CAME TOGETHER. THESE TWO FINGERS NEVER
RECOVERED. THEY HAD PERMANENT NERVE
DAMAGE IN THEM. THE CARTILAGE IN MY BOTH
KNEES WERE GONE, SO I WASN’T ABLE TO WALK
WITHOUT THE BRACES AND CANES. AFTER THE HERNIATED DISC,
THIS SIDE WAS BASICALLY USELESS. IT WAS JUST LIKE NOT
HAPPENING ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE. I HAD BURSITIS AND
ARTHRITIS IN EVERY JOINT. SID: THAT’S ENOUGH. SO YOU LEAVE NEW YORK. YOU COME TO FLORIDA, YOU
GO TO, YOU’RE GOING TO GET ME
DEPRESSED. GARY: I’M SORRY. SID: AND YOU GOT TO
FLORIDA. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? GARY: I GOT TO FLORIDA AND
I MET ANOTHER PERSON THAT GOD PUT INTO MY PATH. AND HIS NAME WAS PETER,
AND HE WAS A JEWELER, AND HE CONVINCED ME THAT
HE HAD WONDERFUL JEWELRY TO SHOW ME, AND THE WAY TO
A GIRL’S HEART, YOU KNOW IS JEWELRY. AND SO I FOLLOWED HIM BACK
TO HIS PLACE, AND HE LEFT ME STANDING IN
THE MIDDLE OF THIS ROOM. AND I NOTICED THAT YOU
COULD NOT SEE THE COLOR OF THE CARPET BECAUSE OF THE
AMOUNT OF STUFF THAT WAS ON THE FLOOR AND IT WAS
ALL JESUS STUFF. IT WAS POSTERS AND TAPES,
AND BIBLES, AND I WAS JUST A LITTLE
UPSET TO SAY THE LEAST, BECAUSE I THOUGHT HE HAD
TRICKED ME JUST LIKE THE OTHER ONE EIGHT YEARS
BEFORE. HE CAME OUT WITH THE
JEWELRY. I WASN’T INTERESTED AT
THIS POINT. I JUST WANTED OUT OF, YOU
KNOW, HIS PRESENCE. I SAID, ‘LOOK, I DON’T
KNOW WHAT ALL THIS STUFF IS, BUT I’M NOT
INTERESTED. I GOT THIS OTHER MANIAC
TALKING TO ME FOR EIGHT YEARS. I’M NOT INTERESTED IN
JESUS. I’M JEWISH. I’M IN A LOT OF PAIN. GO AWAY.’ AND AS I WAS
LIMPING TOWARDS THE DOOR TO GET OUT OF THERE IT
OCCURRED TO ME THAT I DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH
INFORMATION TO BE THIS ANGRY. SID: THAT’S AMAZING
THOUGHT. GARY: WELL I DID GO TO
COLLEGE, SO I FIGURED. SID: IT’S STILL AN AMAZING
THOUGHT. SO WHAT DID YOU DO? GARY: I ASKED HIM FOR WHAT
HE HAD READ AND THEN MY PLAN WAS I WOULD READ IT
AND EXPLAIN TO HIM WHERE HE’S GONE ASTRAY BECAUSE
I’M CONVINCED THAT THEY’RE ALL CRAZY. AND SO HE HANDED ME A
BIBLE AND IT WAS A VERY BASIC BIBLE, NO SPECIAL
WRITING, NO CONCORDANCE OR ANY, YOU
KNOW, SPECIAL INFORMATION. IT WAS JUST GENESIS TO
REVELATION, 948 PAGES. I FIGURED I’D READ IT LIKE
A NOVEL AND BE BACK TO HIM IN A WEEK. SID: A WEEK? GARY: A WEEK. I READ A LOT OF BOOKS
WHILE I WAS CRIPPLED. SID: YES. GARY: SO YOU KNOW, YOU’RE
LAYING IN BED FOR TWO YEARS, YOU READ A LOT. AND SO 948 PAGES WAS LIKE
A WEEK’S WORTH OF READING. WELL I WAS READING AND IT
WAS INTERESTING, BUT IT WASN’T DOING
ANYTHING FOR MY PAIN. AND THEN ONE NIGHT PETER
INVITED ME, AFTER HE TOLD ME HE WASN’T
GOING TO DATE ME NOW HE INVITES ME FOR A DATE. IT WAS A TRICK TO GET ME
TO THIS CHURCH. AND I SAID, ‘CHURCH? I’M JEWISH. I DON’T EVEN GO TO THE
TEMPLE. WHY WOULD I EVER GO TO A
CHURCH?’ AND HE SAID, ‘IT’S A DATE.’ SO I WAS
DESPERATE, SO I WENT. AND WHEN WE PULLED UP TO
THIS BUILDING I SAW HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE
LITERALLY BEING SUCKED INTO THE SIDE OF THE
BUILDING. I WAS POSITIVE IT WAS
CULT. I THOUGHT THERE WAS SOME
KIND OF TRACTOR BEAM ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING. IF YOU GOT ANYWHERE NEAR
THE PARKING LOT THEY JUST GET YOU IN THERE. AND I WASN’T GOING TO PARK
IN THE PARKING LOT. SO WE PARKED OUTSIDE AND I
LIMPED IN, AND THERE WAS VERY YOUNG
PEOPLE THERE, HUGE AMOUNTS OF PEOPLE. EVERYBODY HAD A LOT OF
HAIR, VERY BIG HAIR IN THIS
CHURCH. AND HE SAT ME DOWN NEXT TO
A GUY WHO HAD LONG BLOND HAIR AND HE WAS LEANING
OVER, AND HE HAD THIS DENIM
JACKET ON, AND ON THE BACK OF THE
DENIM JACKET WAS THE BIGGEST JEWISH STAR. IT HAD TO BE ABOUT THIS
BIG, AND IN THE POINTS, THE SIX
POINTS, THERE WERE PINK SEQUENT
CROSSES AND THEN ‘JESUS’ WRITTEN IN PINK SEQUENCE
RIGHT ACROSS THE WHOLE MIDDLE. THAT WAS IT FOR ME. I THOUGHT I WAS JUST GOING
TO LOSE MY MIND. I WANTED OUT AND I
COULDN’T GET UP. IT WAS LIKE MY BODY BECAME
LIKE LEAD. I COULD NOT GET MYSELF OFF
THE SEAT. SO I JUST STARTED CRYING. SID: WAS IT YOUR PHYSICAL
INFIRMITIES THAT WAS DOING IT? GARY: NO, NO, I DON’T KNOW
WHAT EXACTLY IT WAS. SID: SOMETHING
SUPERNATURAL. GARY: SOMETHING WAS
SITTING ON ME. SID: OKAY. GARY: AND I DIDN’T HEAR
THE MUSIC. I DIDN’T HEAR THE MESSAGE. I JUST WANTED OUT OF THIS
PLACE SO BADLY. YOU HAVE NO IDEA. FINALLY, THE WHOLE THING
ENDED. WE LEAVE AND I JUST TELL
PETER, ‘DO NOT EVER TAKE ME TO
THIS PLACE AGAIN.’ I JUST FELT LIKE I SHOULD NOT BE
IN A PLACE LIKE THAT. ALONG THIS TIME I AM
GETTING WORSE AND WORSE, AND WORSE. I CAN NO LONGER SLEEP. I CAN’T SIT. I CAN’T LIE DOWN. I OBVIOUSLY CAN’T WALK. SID: YOU WANTED TO EVEN
COMMIT SUICIDE. GARY: THAT WAS THE PLAN. SID: OKAY. WHAT HAPPENED? GARY: WELL I MADE A PLAN
TO KILL MYSELF. I PICKED THE DATE. AND I HAD HAD MY GUN OUT
AND I WAS SAYING GOOD-BYES TO PEOPLE IN MY HEAD AND I
REALIZED WITH THE WAYS WERE GOING IN MY LIFE THAT
I WOULD SHOOT MYSELF, BUT I’D PROBABLY MISS AND
I WOULD STILL BE HERE AND IN WORSE SHAPE THAN I
ALREADY WAS. AND SO I DECIDED TO PRAY. AND I COULD NOT SAY THE
PRAYER THAT EVERYBODY WAS TRYING TO GET ME TO SAY,
THIS PRAYER OF SALVATION, BECAUSE I JUST DIDN’T
BELIEVE ALL THE WORDS AND I FIGURED IF THIS JESUS IS
REALLY GOD HE’S GOING TO KNOW I’M LYING AND THIS IS
NOT A GOOD WAY TO CURRY FAVOR. SID: I AGREE. GARY: SO THEY DID TELL ME
THAT HE WAS MERCIFUL. AND SO MY PRAYER BASICALLY
WAS THAT HE WOULD KILL ME. MY ACTUAL WORDS WERE,
‘JESUS.’ SID: QUICKLY, WHAT HAPPENED? GARY: ‘IF YOU’RE REALLY
GOD THEN YOU KNOW WHAT I’M GOING TO DO. YOU DO IT. I GIVE MY LIFE TO YOU. DO WITH IT WHAT YOU WILL. AMEN.’ A HAND TOOK MY
SHOULDER, LIFTED ME STRAIGHT UP OFF
THE FLOOR AND THIS SURGE CAME THROUGH MY BODY, AND
JUST EVERYTHING CAME OUT. AND I WAS STANDING UP. I DO NOT KNOW HOW I HAD
GOTTEN UP. AND I WAS TESTING MY
KNEES, JUMPING AROUND THE ROOM,
PINCHING MYSELF. SID: WHAT ABOUT YOUR
CARTILAGE THAT’S MISSING? GARY: IT’S THERE. SID: IT’S THERE. WHERE DID IT COME FROM? GARY: THE GREAT PHYSICIAN. SID: YOU REALLY BELIEVE. GARY: I HAD NO CHOICE. SID: HOW MANY CONDITIONS
WERE YOU HEALED OF? GARY: THIRTY-NINE. IT TOOK ME TWO WEEKS. SID: I HAVE NO CHOICE. AND I SAY THE SAME THING
TO YOU. WHETHER YOU’RE SICK OR
NOT, YOU’RE SICK IF YOU DON’T
HAVE INTIMACY WITH GOD. THE ONLY THING WORTH
LIVING FOR IS INTIMACY WITH GOD. THE ONLY WAY IS TO TELL
GOD YOU’RE SORRY FOR OFFENDING HIM. BELIEVE THE BLOOD OF JESUS
WASHES AWAY YOUR SINS. AND JUST AS GARY PRAYED
JUST AN HONEST PRAYER, JESUS HELP, THOSE TWO
WORDS, YOU CAN DO IT, BECAUSE I
TELL YOU THERE IS NOTHING THAT WILL BRING, YOU FEEL
THE PEACE? THAT’S THE PEACE OF GOD
THAT’S FLOWING RIGHT THROUGH THIS TELEVISION
SET RIGHT INTO YOU. SOMEONE’S NECK JUST GOT
HEALED RIGHT NOW. THAT’S GOD. I TELL YOU, THAT IS GOD. SO GOOD. HE’S SO GOOD. GARY, HE’S SO GOOD. GARY: ALL THE TIME. [MUSC♪]