Prayers Cheer the Hearts of Family of 12-Year-Old Boy Hit by Cardiac Arrest

Derrick and Amy Burton are all smiles with their son William at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. William survived a cardiac arrest at a Little League field on April 9. Photo from Facebook

Prayers for William Burton, a Little Leaguer who wasn’t given much chance to live after a cardiac arrest at practice, are coming from everywhere.

Not just in his hometown of Grayson, Ky., but from everywhere — as in Zimbabwe where his aunt and uncle, Kyndra and Nick Moore, are missionaries with the International Mission Board.

William was stricken on Tuesday, April 9, and Kyndra Moore “sent me a video of those men praying at 5 o’clock in the morning Wednesday,” said Amy Burton, William’s mother. “I’d been up all night and I had been pretty strong. I hadn’t cried. But when I saw those men crying out to God for my son, I was sobbing hysterically. I prayed, ‘God, please hear what those men are saying!'”

William, 12, is now seen as a miracle — and maybe even a little bit of a celebrity — because of his amazing recovery thus far.

Cincinnati Reds baseball announcer Marty Brennaman sent William get well wishes over the radio airwaves, and the Reds and the NFL Cincinnati Bengals have been in contact through the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where William is recovering after being airlifted two hours after being stabilized in Ashland, Ky.

“The hospital does e-cards and I have a whole stack of them from all over the United States and even Canada,” his mother said.

But one thing Amy makes sure everybody knows: “Let God get the glory!”

Neither she nor her husband Derrick, members of First Baptist Church in Grayson, was at the field when the incident occurred because they were taking their other son, Thomas, to another baseball practice and their daughter Ellie to a piano lesson. “There’s two of us and we had three places to be,” Amy said.

The dispatchers in Carter County reached her by cellphone to tell her that William had collapsed and they were going to the field.

“I knew it was urgent, but my thought was, ‘It’s going to be OK…. William is a professed Christian and he believes in Jesus.'”

His sister, who is 7, told her mother that she didn’t want her brother to die.

“I told her William is going to be OK no matter what. He will either be in heaven or be able to spend more time with us here. She just cried out, ‘Jesus, Jesus heal my brother!'”

When her son was brought out of sedation in Cincinnati, he asked “Where are we?” and his mother told him about all that had happened, which he didn’t remember. A couple of hours later she said he asked another question: “Why me?”

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Source: Baptist Press