The Thomas family experienced a medical miracle and wants everyone to know.
Val Thomas from West Virginia died and her family said their farewell. But 10 minutes after her heart stopped a third time, she miraculously woke up and called for her son.
"I feel very blessed," Thomas told NewsNet5. "I know God has something in store for me, another purpose. I don't know what it is but I'm sure he'll tell me."
Thomas' heart had stopped at home on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. Doctors at a West Virginia hospital say she suffered two heart attacks and had no brain waves for more than 17 hours, according to the local news channel.
Jim Thomas, her son, said her skin had already started to harden and her fingers curled.
"Death had set in," he said.
At the hospital, she was put on a special machine that induces hypothermia but then her heart stopped again.
"She had no neurological function," Dr. Kevin Eggleston told the news channel.
Daniel Pence, nephew of Val Thomas, commented, "I said to God just show me something. I know there's something here. And I didn't see it."
Val Thomas' chance of surviving was less than 10 percent.
The Thomas family began praying and son Jim said he felt peace.
But as doctors and family members were saying goodbye, a miracle happened.
"That's when Jesus Christ had stepped in and did his work," said Jim as he described the medical miracle.
When the nurses began to remove tubing from the mother, her arm moved, Pence explained. Then she coughed, her eyes fluttered and she began talking.
"She (the nurse) said, 'I'm so sorry Mrs. Thomas.' And mom said, 'That's OK honey. That's OK," Jim Thomas said.
Doctors as the Cleveland Clinic, where she was transferred, say the mother will be fine.