Tina Zuccarella’s interest in angels and saints started after her mother died.
“I could feel something present that I couldn’t explain,” Tina said, “and I cherished these feelings because I thought she was trying to communicate with me. She was truly an angel on earth, while she was here.”
One day around noon, Tina, of Schererville, IN, received a phone call at work from the nurse at her 10-year-old son’s school. Tyler and another boy had been involved in a playground accident, and the nurse thought Tyler should see a doctor, probably for stitches. Tina left right away for the 45-minute drive to school, trying to keep calm. These things happened all the time, she told herself, especially to active boys like Tyler. But when she reached school, she was not prepared for the scene in the nurse’s office.
Tyler and the other boy had collided, and three of the boy’s teeth had cut through Tyler’s forehead. One of them was still there, embedded in Tyler’s head. Trying not to telegraph her fear and shock to her son, Tina drove him immediately to the nearest hospital’s emergency room.
The emergency room staff took a precautionary cat scan because the cut was so deep. And when the results were in, they realized that Tyler needed more care than they could provide.
“He needs to be airlifted to the University of Chicago-Wyler’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago,” the doctor explained to Tina, “because the tooth is embedded in Tyler’s head between his skull and his brain.” Emergency pediatric neurosurgery was going to be needed to remove the tooth.
Tina and her husband drove to Wyler’s as Tyler was being airlifted. Time was passing, Tina realized. What if the hospital couldn’t locate the right surgeon? What if…? She could barely think.
Fortunately, the right neurosurgeon just “happened” to be at the hospital when they arrived, and assembled a team to begin at nine p.m.
“The surgeon explained to us that he would not know the extent of the injury until he went in,” Tina said. “Tyler could be brain damaged, he could lose some functions, he could be perfectly okay—or he could die.” Infection was also a risk. It all depended on how and where the tooth penetrated.
Tina and her husband went to the waiting room, preparing for a night of tears and prayers. Tina sat down. And suddenly, a blanket of calmness and peace wrapped itself around her. She felt the presence of a force far greater than she, and she knew—without a doubt—that everything was going to be fine. Her mother was there, watching over all of them. And she had led angels to surround them with peace.
Everything turned out beautifully. As the surgeon later explained, the tooth did not penetrate the brain wall because of the angle that it “happened” to enter. Although Tyler remained in the hospital for five days, it was a precautionary measure against infection taking hold, which it did not. He was fine, and suffered no complications.
“I truly believe that my mother brought me the peace and courage I needed to get through that difficult night,” Tina said. “I know she and the angels are always with us.”