On the 25th of December, the Mun-Gavin family were rocked to the core when an accident left their daughter in a coma but they prayed for her recovery and their prayers were answered.


Jaci and Richard Mun-Gavin faced a hard time over December. Their strength and community helped them work through the tough time. Their daughter Kiara was in the back seat when a motorbike crashed into the car. It hit Kiara’s side of the car and left her badly injured. She was placed into a coma to help protect her brain from the extensive damage.

Jaci took to Facebook to share the shocking news on Christmas day and only asked that her friends and family pray for Kiara. The post went viral and thousands of people started sending in their well wishes and prayers.

“Our precious Kiara is in critical condition after a motorbike smashed into my (Jaci) passenger car door and smashed the window right onto her head, yesterday at about 4 pm. She has fractured her skull and some bone fragments went into her brain. She went straight into surgery last night. The damage is visibly extensive, but there is no way of knowing yet what that means.”

Once the post went viral Jaci started a Facebook page to keep everyone updated on what was happening with Kiara. She had initially been given just 48 hours to live, leaving the family devastated but thankfully her fighting spirit has carried her through. Waking from her coma, the family had no idea what their daughter would be like as every brain injury is different. They braced for the worst.

Thankfully, Kiara woke on the 1st of January and became alert. She was her old self, only a little scared of what had happened and what was to come. She is able to read, stand for brief periods, write her own name and comprehend the rubix cube and other brain puzzle games.

Her miricle come back has left many hopeful for her future. Throughout the entire ordeal, people visited the hospital, sitting in circles praying for the family and Kiara. No matter what time of day, there was someone in the waiting room offering the family support.

“Emotions are settling into something of a more natural rhythm. We start to think of everyday things, like feeding the dog and ordering books for school. Friends are still carrying the majority of the load, but it feels like our legs can carry more weight. I even answer the phone a couple of times. Hello, people of the world! Thank you for your prayers!”

You can see Kiara saying hello to the world and thanking everyone for their support. You can keep up-to-date with her progress via Jaci’s Facebook page here.

Sources: Jaci Mun-Gavin / Facebook
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