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CHAPIN, SC (WIS) -
19-year-old Colton Beasley of Chapin hopes to make a career out of playing music. But that hope almost was lost when he spent 40 days in a coma.
"This all started from a common cold," he said. "And the common cold turned into viral meningitis."
Beasley said doctors at MUSC told him he was the victim of "really, really bad luck."
But Beasley, his family and thousands of others don't believe in bad luck. They believe in God. And they say that faith saved his life.
"Guardian angles? I totally believe in them, they just might be more real than you think..." Beasley tweeted on November 1, 2012. Long before he was stricken and bed-ridden.
Beasley's condition was so poor, Doctors discussed end-of-life options with his parents, who refused to believe he would not recover.
"My parents were just completely assured that God was going to bring me out of this," he said. "And they--both my parents--would not let anyone in the room that was negative, that would come in and say, 'Well I don't think he's gonna' come out of this.'"
That faith kept Beasley alive.
"That was probably the biggest thing that helped, honestly," he said. As many as 10,000 people in churches all over the world prayed for the young man's recovery.
"That was definitely that catalyst and that gave me strength, too, knowing I had prayers behind me. I wasn't going though this on my own."
He said he doesn't remember anything from the time he was in the coma, or even a few days before he lost consciousness.
"I remember, you know, a few glimpses of things," he said. "[Doctors] would come in and say 'Yes or no, blink your eyes once or twice,' so I remember doing that."
And he recalls the moment when he reached lucidity.
"I just kind of woke up and I looked around and I'm like, 'Oohhh, like why am I in a hospital? Because I didn't remember ever going to the hospital or even to the ER."
Because of the time spent inactive, Beasley had to learn who to move again. He could move only one arm.
"I prayed for things I never would have thought I'd pray for," he said. "I prayed for, 'God help me figure out how to chew so I could swallow and eat food again.'"
Even when his doctors told him they couldn't do anything to help him, they suggested he keep praying. Doctors weren't sure if he would walk again.
"'The best thing I can tell you is say your prayers at night, to whoever you talk to upstairs,'" Beasley recalled being told by his doctor.
Beasley said getting back to playing music again helped with his physical therapy at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. He was encouraged to play guitar as much as possible.
Although he plays several instruments, Beasley prefers to sing. He's been working with a vocal coach after throat surgery.
Beasley lost a semester of credit at the University of South Carolina when the illness hit him. He hopes to return in the fall to continue to pursue a business degree.
"I keep telling my parents, God's already done his work, now I have to do mine."
You can see Colton play locally in his family's band The Killer B's and a band with his friends, called Osara.
Monday, September 1 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:00:48 GMT
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