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Miracle Sets Man Free From Rare Disease

“My body became a prison cell; my room was a prison cell; everything was just confining me,” says Tice. Tice Ledbetter was fourteen the day of the accident, August 22, 2010. He and his mom Mary, and dad Mark, were on a two-lane road outside San Diego, when an oncoming car swerved into their lane.

Tice continues, “The last thing that I saw was just a car in front of ours.” “And at that moment, everything went black,” Tice’s mom, Mary Ledbetter-Torres says.

The other driver, who was drunk, died on impact. While Tice suffered a broken leg, and a severe internal injury that needed immediate surgery.  But for him, there was a deeper, underlying issue… “I had damage to my brainstem,” Tice says. “And the way that it was explained to us is that it was a soft tissue damage in the brain,” Mary adds.

But it wasn’t until after four months of bed rest that he felt its affects. 

Tice says, “One day I tried standing up just a bit too fast and I started to black out and that’s when I knew that there was something wrong.”

“There just wasn’t a lot of energy. He just wanted to stay in his room, and he wanted the room dark, and he didn’t want a lot of noise,” says Mary.

His symptoms like extreme fatigue, blacking out, heart palpations, increased. Despite multiple of visits to neurologists and other doctors, no one had answers.  

“I became so dissociated from time, I didn’t have any perception of it anymore, and years went by…” Says Tice. Tice would spend seven years confined to his home, unable to drive or carry on any form of a normal life. “I was so caught up with people misunderstanding me, and not looking at the pain that I was feeling.”

In that seven years, his dad passed away tragically, and his Mom eventually remarried and moved to Texas while Tice chose to stay with his grandmother in San Diego. 

Mary says, “I never doubted, I just knew, and I would pray and I would just say, ‘You know what, thank You, thank You so much God that I know my son will be healed, if not in this lifetime, in eternity.’”

Finally, in 2017, cardiovascular specialist Dr. Stephen Hu, with Scripps Clinic, ran a tilt-table test and diagnosed Tice with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome – or POTS – a disorder of the autonomic nervous system that affects blood circulation. 

Dr. Hu says, “It all started from the motor vehicle accident where he sustained significant trauma to his brainstem. When that occurred, his body was unable to regulate his blood pressure response, his heartrate response to simple upright posture.”

Tice says, “I finally had a name for it, but with that came the realization that there was just no known cure. I hung onto that diagnosis as my identity.”

Dr. Hu prescribed medication to help manage the condition, but some symptoms still remained.  As Tice sank further under the weight of the prognosis, in Texas, Mary and her church small group prayed and fasted, believing God for healing. 

Time went on and something in Tice started to shift.

Mary says, “What I started noticing after we started these prayer sessions—they went on for about a year—is that he started saying to me, “’You know mom, I really wanna go to church.’” 

“God sent me people to pray over me. Progressively I started to gain faith. I realized that He loves me and that He wanted to heal me,” says Tice.

Then in mid 2018, Tice’s cousin invited him to Red Seal, a church that had regular healing services.  He attended every week asking for prayer, and after he had been going for two months, Tice had a special encounter with a woman named Ivy …

“She ends up telling me a little bit about her testimony that she was really sick herself and then God had healed her. She says, ‘Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.’ And I was like, ‘That is what I have! I’ve never heard anyone else or seen anyone else with that!’” Says Tice excitedly.

Ivy had sensed the Lord brought her there for a special reason that night. Now she knew – and began praying over Tice.

“Instantly I just felt God so strong and I felt my body just come back online. And I felt so clearand it felt amazing,” Tice says.

Afterwards, Tice called his mom 

“God gave our family our Tice back,” Mary says emotionally.

No longer experiencing the debilitating symptoms he’d known for so many years, Tice went to see Dr. Hu, who confirmed for a follow-up.

“It was wonderful to see him sort of lighten up and come out of his shell. He actually wanted to reduce his medication so that he could feel better. From being so debilitated to being able to start a new life, start a new family, it’s really a miracle,” says Dr. Hu.

And start a new life and family, he did. He climbed a mountain, married his wife, Megan and he and his mom are still telling his miraculous story of healing to those around them.

Mary says, “I get to share that joy, and I get to be an inspiration to other parents that have children that are sick, and I get to say, ‘God is with you and He is going to carry you through.’”

“Every aspect of my life that was negative has fallen away, and it’s just more and more of God’s goodness,” says Tice.

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