Prayer credited for saving flesh-eating bacteria victim

Aimee Copeland fought for her life against a gruesome infection and may have prevailed. Naturally, her father credits prayer:

MSNBC— Andy believes that the well-wishes and prayers of Americans have somehow helped his daughter recover.

“I don’t believe she’d be where she is today without the prayer, love, and support of millions of people across this country,” Andy told TODAY. “We’ve seen a miracle performed right before our very eyes.” Her father has chronicled her recovery in a blog,

Doctors have been surprised at how well Aimee has recovered. Andy told TODAY that his daughter might even come home as early as next week.

This kind of thing is so embedded in our culture it’s hard to know if her father is just mouthing platitudes, or really does not understand his daughter cheated death because modern medical technology fought the ancient force of natural selection, just like it does countless times every day all over the world.

He may not know where Aimee would be without prayers, but we all know where she’d be without everything medical science could throw at this infection. Without 49 days of intensive care, and the health insurance that presumably paid for it, Aimee Copeland wouldn’t have lasted a week.


  1. pipenta says

    It’s kind of a big fuck you to the medical staff, ain’t it?

    Really, why do we even NEED health insurance when we got prayin’?

  2. Crudely Wrott says

    I may then suppose, correct me if I’m wrong, Andy, that if you or a loved one were similarly infected, that you would bypass doctors and science based medicine and just solicit the prayers of the faithful?

    What if network Tee Vee was not involved?

    What’s that you say? Prudence and prayer?

    Oh, ye of little faith.

  3. hexidecima says

    ah yes, the claims that prayer helped which always also mean “those poor bastards who died from something nasty and who also prayed DIDN’T DO IT RIGHT” More claims of magic spell prayers from the usual Christian special snowflake and the willful ignorance or intentional lies about how prayer fails.

  4. Kilian Hekhuis says

    Not to mention that apparently, either no-one asked the Almighty that the poor girl may keep her leg, foot and hands, or He decided that was not part of his Plan.

  5. I. Ron Butterfly says

    So “millions” of prayers resulted in multiple amputations. Nice. Seems to work like a charm. *rolleyes*

  6. CT says

    I see this as an attempt to appease the angry god. After all, she must have done something wrong for it to happen in the first place. She lived so now they attempt to placate the angry god who caused it by denouncing anything that might be construed by the angry god as not worthy, i.e. godless medicine. I see all those “praise the lords” as entreaties to “please ffs don’t do anything else, we’ll enslave ourselves to you”.

    In other words, I do not believe they are saying this in good faith. I know as assload of xtians who spout this shit and virtually none of them actually believe prayer does anything except, maybe, appease the angry god. Medicine works but afterwards, they must renounce the medicine in order to make sure they don’t piss off the great angry one in the sky. They honestly do believe in hell after all.

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