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'I Felt the Power of God Hit': Hospitalized Man with COVID-19 Couldn't Breathe, Then God 'Breathed Within Me'

04-01-2020
In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo, a person is taken by a stretcher to an ambulance from a nursing facility where more than 50 people were sick and being tested for COVID-19 virus, in Kirkland, Wash.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo, a person is taken by a stretcher to an ambulance from a nursing facility where more than 50 people were sick with the COVID-19 virus, in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

As COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to rise around the world, the number of people who have recovered is also rising. More than 200,000 people have fully recovered. Among those survivors, there are some unique testimonies.

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Clay Bentley, an American who has been recovering from the virus, has shared his testimony of how he could feel God acting in his life at the most critical point during his fight against the viral illness.

Bentley, who was hospitalized for 12 days in a Georgia hospital dealing with the coronavirus, told CBS News that his condition was so severe that even doctors told him they couldn't do much more.

"They say, you know, we put these antibiotics through their system, and they said, 'You are in worse shape today than when you entered the hospital'," Bentley told CBS News correspondent David Begnaud. "It's 10 times stronger than the flu. When it hits, it hits you like a hammer."

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In another interview, Bentley told Fox News about the miraculous moment he experienced, just as doctors were considering putting him on a respirator.

"I felt like I had a man lying on my chest and I couldn't breathe," he explained. "And the weight of this man was crushing me and I couldn't breathe at all. And then all of a sudden, I felt the breath entering me. It was the Lord on my chest. When he breathed inside me, I felt the power of God hit."

He described that moment to CBS News like this: "I couldn't breathe at all, and suddenly, I felt the Lord. I mean, his presence was there, and I felt air blowing into my lungs," he said.

Bentley is now quarantined at home and eagerly awaits full recovery to see his relatives again.

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"If the test works, if the coronavirus in my system is dead, then he said, you will be immune to it," Bentley told Fox News. "You can go back to the world and be with your family."

Meanwhile, Bentley's wife was released from her own quarantine at home. She was never tested but has not developed the virus. She lives downstairs while Clay stays in his room, picking up the meals that are left for him at the door.

"I cannot be with my family," Bentley told Fox News. "I'm still locked in my room here at home, but you know that at least I have the luxury of being home."

Bentley believes he contracted COVID-19 after singing in the choir of the Freedom Square Church in Cartersville, GA. Other members of the church have also been hospitalized. One of them, Elizabeth Wells, 65, died. She also sang in the choir.

"I have been crying for her," Bentley told Fox. "I think she was standing next to me. We had choir practice on Wednesday night and she was standing next to me. It breaks my heart to know that other people in the church are sick and that there is nothing I can do. I stayed awake nights praying for them. I am still praying for those who are still in the hospital. I just pray they get the same relief as me. "

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