A Christmas Miracle (NHS Worker)
We are all full of admiration for the NHS workers and their wonderful efforts over the last year. That is certainly true of the frontline staff, such as nurse Megan Morris who works in the Emergency Unit in Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor. Looking at her today you would hardly be aware of the battles that Megan has had to fight. She is made of stern stuff, this young woman from Trawsfynydd, North Wales, and has come a long way since her horrific car crash in 2012. No one expected her to live as she lay in a coma at Stoke Hospital – and yet here she is, not only alive, but helping others in similar situations! The journey has been long and extraordinary – you can find out more in another article on our website. We are grateful to Megan for sharing here about the last few months and her hopes for Christmas.
Thanks for talking to us - the last time we interviewed you, you had started a nursing course.
Yes, I was studying nursing in Southampton. I graduated last year, moved back to North Wales and married Siôn - yet another sign of God’s complete healing in my life. We live in Caernarfon and I work as a nurse. I love my job, but I have to say that I wasn’t expecting a global pandemic in my first year!
What effect has Covid-19 had on you?
Like everyone else, it has affected every aspect of life. One of the hardest things at the beginning was not seeing family or friends for weeks. But the nice weather, the fact that we live in such a beautiful place, and technology were all such a blessing! The first lockdown led to uncertainty and major changes, especially in my job as a nurse. I still haven’t got used to wearing a mask for twelve hours but, having said that, I’m getting used to most changes now. I have learned to take every day as it comes. I have no control over what is going to happen in the future, and from the experience of my accident, there is great freedom and peace to be gained from knowing that God is in control.
You have clearly overcome the effects of the accident eight years ago - what are some of the things you have learned that have helped you?
It’s impossible to go through as extreme an experience as I did (months in hospital, and not being able to talk or eat) without it fundamentally changing you, and the biggest thing that changed was my attitude to life.
Knowing that God saved my life and gave me a second chance has given me a deep purpose and motivation to live to serve Jesus. Before my accident I had started to run away from God, but I know the accident happened for a reason – I am more thankful now. I also feel like I can be of use to God. I hope that my experiences and what I learned as a patient in hospital after my accident make me a better nurse and more able to help others.
Above all, I must thank God. He is the one behind everything and it is a privilege that God has chosen me to show how great and wonderful he is. He still does miracles today (he saved my life!), and he gave his Son to die on the cross to save my soul too. This experience is going to be with me forever and I wouldn’t change anything because it has shaped who I am today.
Thanks for sharing with us. To finish, what are you looking forward to at Christmas?
In many ways, I think that Covid-19 and the way that it has affected our lives has forced us to stop and reassess things. It has brought into focus what really matters in life. I went to a wedding a few weeks ago and although the couple was only allowed to have a service, without a reception or party, that wasn’t really a problem. What really mattered remained, which was the love of two people together and God uniting them in marriage.
That is my hope for Christmas this year - that the trimmings are set aside and that we see the true importance of Christmas - that Jesus came into the world as a baby to save us, and for us to treasure our time with the people we love and recognise all that God gives us out of his great generosity.
Read more about Megan on our website, here