A teenager expected to die makes a sudden recovery after a bright light appears near her Charlotte hospital room. The Photo captures the image of an ‘angel’ in Charlotte hospital In dark time, mom of Mint Hill teen sees light of hope When Chelsea Banton was born five weeks prematurely, doctors predicted she had 36 hours to live. Proving them wrong was the first miracle for Chelsea, now an Independence High School freshman. She spent the first four months in a neonatal intensive care unit, recalls her mother, Colleen Banton of Mint Hill. This photo shows an angel of light Chelsea’s mother saw at Presbyterian Hospital in November.

Before Chelsea was 2, she was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia, the first of several dangerous run-ins with the illness that have made her a familiar face in Presbyterian’s pediatric intensive care unit. Among other health problems in her medical history: hydrocephalus, requiring a shunt in her skull and, later, several shunt revisions; life-threatening viruses; and, this past July, fluid retention that required more than a week’s hospitalization and three liters of liquid to be drawn from her body. Prayer has helped sustain the whole family. We had been praying every day, my oldest daughter and I and Chelsea, Colleen Banton said. Praying for a miracle.