Little 9-year-old Erika Delgado was the sole survivor
of a DC-9 plane crash near Cartagena, Columbia when the plane she and fifty others,
including her family, plunged into a swamp.
When rescue workers arrived at the scene, the carnage was horrible, with most of
the bodies burned and mangled beyond recognition beyond recognition. It was a great
surprise then, when Arturo Ramos heard the sound of a child crying. Ramos thought his
ears were playing tricks on him, but as he trudged through the muddy swamp toward the
sound of the cries, he was amazed to see a little girl laying on top of a huge lily
pad in about five feet of water.
As he lifted her into his arms, little Erika told her rescuer that, "I was told
to stay here and not move until I was found." Arturo was amazed and asked her,
"Who told you this" Erika answered quickly, "God spoke to me from heaven."
In Columbia, Erika has become known as Little Miss Miracle. Her doctor, Carlos
Garcia said that, "If she had fallen off her bicycle, she would have more injuries
than she has now."
Erika understands how blessed she is, but she would rather the accident
never happened. She will have a loving home, though, with her aunt and uncle.
Dr. Luis Oviedo, who has examined Erika, said that he has great faith that
she'll do well, saying, "She's a survivor."
Ed. Note: Little Erika had no reason to lie. The stories of little
children's spiritual experiences give credence to those of adults whose stories
of near-death experience are often ignored or discounted. Many think that an adult
might have an ulterior motive, but little children like Erika cannot be discounted