Preface: Sam’s aunt Jan, much like the rest of us, is busy sending out prayer request for Sam’s recovery. Through a prayer chain, she became acquainted with Cindy Maguire of Baltimore Maryland. Upon hearing of Sam’s story, Cindy and her son Gavin drove from Baltimore to Bethesda to meet and pray with Erin and Sam.
Gavin’s miracle story:
Yesterday Erin and Sam were visited by Gavin Maguire and his mother Cindy. Gavin was hit and severely injured by a drunk driver. He was hit on one side of his head by the car and the other side by the ground. His parents were told by the neurologist that his injuries were too severe for him to recover and he would never wake up from his coma.
Thanks to what Cindy describes as an astonishing network of prayer, Gavin woke up on the seventh day after the accident. By the third week, he was cognizant of his surroundings and recognizing people he knew. Although he had to relearn to eat and talk much like a toddler, his progression was quick. After a year, Gavin was back to functioning normally. In May of this year, he was commissioned as an officer into the Army and will start activity duty in September. Lt. Maguire is a testimony to the power of prayer and an inspiration to us all. We thank Cindy and Gavin for taking the time to share their story with Erin and our family.
Visit from a past commanding officer
Sam and Erin also received a visit from Major Paolocelli, USMC who was Sam’s first C.O. in Iraq during his first tour of duty. Capt. Paolocelli told Erin that Sam was a “poster Marine” and how nice it would have been to have a whole battery of Sam Nichols.