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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3 2013 4:50 p.m. MST

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Sandy, UT

Miracles can happen and payers may answer. You see, I am visually and hearing impaired all my life and no it is not fun at all. Yes, I am lucky to have my own family in my own house. Just be grateful that your sights has been restored and BE careful when you go out to play.

Salt Lake City, UT

Dustin you're awesome! I'm praying for you! Even as a kid you were great! And had a great spirit! You can make it through this! Love ya bud! Valeen

United States, AZ

It never ceases to amaze me, the human spirit is so strong and once set in motion in tune with God's plan, nothing can stop it. A car wreck nearly took my life in 1986. I had to learn to overcome many obstacles from learning how to stand erect, and learn to walk again. The doctors said I never would. God had other plans. What I learned from my experience is that no human being God created has boundaries set by anyone other than God. You have a great spirit and testimony, Dustin. Maybe someday our paths will cross and we can compare scars. Take care of yourself and know you are loved. He has the number of hairs on our head counted. Hang in there and never give up on what you want to do in life. Good to see God is still in the miracle business. Get well soon and best wishes for a speedy recovery. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mr. Smitty
Salt Lake City, UT

Good for him and his family. However, miracles don't happen. There are millions of children who are blind because they don't consume enough vitamin E, and somehow God choose to give sight to this guy. No. He simply regained sight due to physical laws his doctor doesn't understand. Let's rid ourselves with superstition and celebrate the luck this young man is experiencing.

However, I think it's awesome this guy is starting to see.


He is fortunate to have such a beautiful wife to support him. She must be a saint.

Centerville, UT

Mr. Smitty, you bring up valid points. Of course there are many people without sight. Of course there are many things that doctors do not understand. Nobody claimed that this man was somehow favored by God over those who remain blind. The fact that he can now see and others remain in darkness is NOT evidence that miracles do not happen, however.

I'm sure you're proud of your open-mindedness, as you should be. Skepticism is valuable. Questioning things is important - necessary, even. Everyone, religious or not, should engage in analytical thought and seek truth for themselves.

As someone who likely considers themselves to be enlightened, I'd simply submit to you that there is the exact same amount of hard evidence on both sides of the faith/science debate here. The only facts are that he was in a horrible accident, was blind and told he would remain so, and had his sight restored without medical intervention.

I'd also like to remind you that you were not there and you have not been a part of this story. I was. I have been. And all I can tell you is that I've seen miracles.

Salt Lake City, UT

It's awesome that God gave him back his sight.
And if God had chosen not to give him back his sight, then that would also be God's will.
Miracles are tricky things.


I believe in miracles.

Note that the doctors did not cure this man; they told him he was blind.
Perhaps in a Christmas show of humility they will agree to take no money
from this man, despite anything they did do.

Sugar City, ID

Mr. Smitty, how do you know that "miracles don't happen." Is your knowledge in some way superior to the personal experience of the thousands and thousands of people who have actually experienced divine intervention and can testify of miracles in their lives? Are they all deluded? Or are they all lying?

Haworth, OK

Mr. Smitty,

Something that never ceases to amaze is when people who do not have experience with spiritual things act like absolute authorities on those things. Many intelligent and educated people have had many experiences with answers to prayer and miracles. I have experienced answers to prayer that were absolutely undeniable, and not as you might think, figments of my imagination. As someone who apparently has no experience with such things, you are not an expert on them, and thus in no position to declare that miracles do not happen. Many millions of people are able to refute your statement.

Layton, UT

I think it is awesome that they can help him heal and that his vision can be restored. It is truly a miracle. I just wish there were more of them. Sadly, if the optic nerve or the retina itself is damaged, nothing can be done for it. I hope someday some real legitimate research can take place instead of all this science fiction about a million ways to cure the blind mice to beef up resumes, get published and raise funds for something else. I send happy thoughts their way and hope they have a wonderful Christmas.

Mount Pleasant, UT

Dustin's Faith and Courage are so refreshing. It will not be easy but we were told it would not be. I got chills as I read his story and I pray that the Lord's choicest blessings will be with Dustin and his family and that they will never give up. He is certainly an example of what can and cannot be done when we have Faith, Love and Perseverance in our heart.

Arlington, TX

I too believe in miracles. I have not seen a Red Sea Parted, Or a mountain moved, but I have seen many small and yet very important miracles in my life. My wife is a nurse and we are friends with many of the Drs she works with. Ask them if they believe in Miracles. ONe man was an agnostic until he started working with Children with Cancer. Now he believes in a god. He doesn't profess a religion but he states there is a god with fervor. He says he has seen terminally ill children, where they have given up hope of curing, brought to life at the last min and are now grown adults. He said they were to operate on a tumor that was pushing against the brain of a very young child and causing great pain, yet when they went it to take it out, it was almost gone. They had MRIs that showed the tumor but yet it was not there. Many things are miracles and you don't have to be a religious person to admit it. I am grateful for every miracle no matter how big or small.

Centerville, UT

I have experienced true miracles in my own life.

I know that God exists. He loves us and we are His sons and daughters.

This earth was created for us to learn to love, to develop greater faith in God, and to serve others.

Jesus Christ suffered, and so will we. That is how faith and strength is developed. Life is a test. But we will not be tested more than we can handle.

But have faith.

I am happy to hear Dustin is joyous in this accident. The sight he has is a true miracle and has given him and the whole family joy in this season.

Bountiful, UT

Sometimes I think about all of this about religion and God is just something human beings need to hang on something. But then, when I remember all the miracles I have personally witnessed in my life, I cannot deny, for one second, there is God and there are miracles.

I am not scientist or genius or $$, just a regular Jane, but all I know is that there is God. It's not that I believe in, I know.

Thanks for publishing the story. He will be out of this ordeal sometime soon stronger than ever. I thank him for his example and for reminding us to put things on perspective. Next time I complain about the trivial things in life, I will remember him and then I will be grateful for what I have and not whine for what I don't. What a great lesson.

What Yeah
Centerville, UT

@Mr. Smitty - It's a miracle that ANYONE can see. Just because something is commonplace, does not mean that it can't be miraculous.

Apocalypse please
Bluffdale, UT

Miracle or not it's great that the gentleman is getting better. I do wonder what criteria people use to classify some event as a miracle. What role did modern medicine have to play? If God isn't coming down and personally taking credit for the miracle then how do you know who is doing the intervening (or at all)? What role does faith have in influencing the outcome?

A previous poster mentioned that there is an equal amount of evidence for faith and science. I'd be very interested to see/hear this evidence.

Houston, TX

I'm thoroughly convinced that every living person experiences silent miracles of which he is totally unaware. We each need a thousand miracles to be born and stay alive for our allotted time, and 995 are granted. Heavenly Father is very generous with His miracles, and it is a shame that many of us are not more thankful.

American Fork, UT

In order to claim events like these are miracles performed by a god you know exists, you have to equally know that same god exists indifferent to the suffering of the war torn, storm ravaged, and billions who go hungry every day, What sort of planner is responsible for this plan? I cannot claim to know god exists, because it cannot be known. Having faith is fine, but personal.

Pleasant Grove, UT

@Mr. Smitty - I don't think most commenters here understand what the word "miracle" means. Phenomenal yes... miracle no.

@JSB - Deluded

@krrslc - If God us just why suspend the laws of nature (intervene) to restore the sight of this young man? Does it make sense for a God to suspend the laws that govern our natural existence in this mans favor, and yet let thousands of innocent kids die every year from leukemia? If you are using your brain the answer is, no it doesn't. It makes no sense at all.

I do however give credit to this guy for willing his body to get better.

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