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Mother of BYU longboarding accident-survivor shares miraculous experiences in new book

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On the night of Feb. 26, 2014, Doug and Marcia Hansen received a call from the hospital that changed their whole world and eventually inspired Marcia Hansen's self-published book, "God Is Still a God of Miracles."

One of their daughters had been hit by a car, and her prognosis was uncertain.

“I really didn’t think it was going to be that bad,” Marcia Hansen said in an interview. “Accidents happen to other people; they don’t happen to you."

But after calling the doctor on the way to the hospital, they soon learned that the situation was much worse than they ever could have imagined.

Their daughter Lexi, a Brigham Young University student and Utah native, made national headlines when she sustained serious injuries after a horrific accident near the BYU campus. She was longboarding to class during her second semester of college and was hit by a vehicle in a crosswalk.

Lexi Hansen was taken to the hospital and suffered a very traumatic brain injury, among other issues, and was given a less than 1 percent chance of surviving.

The doctors urged the Hansens to get as much of their family as they could into town to say goodbye.

But Marcia Hansen wasn’t quite satisfied with that prognosis.

Immediately, Marcia Hansen called her family and her bishop, a church leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to tell them what was going on and ask them to pray for her daughter.

“Ordinarily, I am a very private person and don’t often ask for things from others,” Marcia Hansen wrote in her book. “Yet, in this case, I knew instinctively that this was what needed to happen in order for Lexi to be healed.”

Later, they learned the medical team didn’t plan on stitching up Lexi Hansen’s face because they didn’t think she would make it and the organ donor team was standing by for her to pass.

But as soon as the family was at the hospital, with all of the Hansens' kids in the room or on the phone, they began to pray. Marcia Hansen then suggested each family member individually kneel and say a silent prayer of gratitude.

And that’s when the miracles began.

“They came in right after our prayers and said they had seen a slight improvement, so they were going to take her up to ICU and stitch up her face,” Marcia Hansen said in an interview.

This was the first of many astounding miracles during Lexi Hansen's hospital stay, leading to her eventual release and return to school.

During the hospital stay, Lexi Hansen’s friends created a Facebook page called “Pray for Lexi,” and the page soon began to spread. People who didn’t even know Lexi Hansen started to pray for her, according to Marcia Hansen.

“When she was healed and the miracle happened, people wrote (on the Facebook page) that they came to church for the first time,” Marcia Hansen said. “They realized God wanted to be more involved in their lives, and miracles are not a thing of the past.”

This inspired Marcia Hansen, and she decided she wanted her daughter's story of miracles to gain a wider audience.

“I felt like, 'It’s helped those people, so I need to write a book about this miracle so others can turn to God,'” Marcia Hansen said.

Marcia Hansen's book, "God Is Still a God of Miracles," is for sale on Amazon, at cost. This book tells of Lexi Hansen's accident and road to recovery, seen through the eyes of her mother.

Each chapter in the book describes a miracle that happened during this difficult time for the family. It is heart-wrenching and tear-inducing, and each moment is more miraculous than the last. The book doesn't contain any violence, swearing or inappropriate content.

Marcia Hansen said she hopes the book will gain a wide audience and wants to help the world see that miracles happen in the world today.

"I just knew this wasn’t a miracle for our family and for Lexi, but so that the world could know that God is still a God of miracles," she said.

Email: toriackerman@gmail.com