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Church credits 'miracle' after paramedics revive man who collapsed during service

Church credits 'miracle' after paramedics revive man who collapsed during service

A rainbow fills the sky behind the cross on top of a Kansas church on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

A man who went into cardiac arrest in a church last Sunday had two forces on his side: paramedics, and the prayers of pastor and congregation. When the man regained a pulse, the latter claimed victory, The Blaze reports.

"When they raised the IV I knew that was a glimmer of hope and I knew that something powerful had taken place," said E. Dewey Smith, pastor of the House of Hope Church in Decatur, Georgia, WGCL Atlanta reports.

Church members talked about feeling a "power in the room" and "the blessing of God's hand" while the man was unconscious for 15 minutes. Smith led a prayer as paramedics attended to the man, who had flat-lined.

In a possible contradiction, members also called it divine intervention that paramedics were there in the first place. The emergency workers had come responding to another incident that turned out to be a false alarm, and remained to hear the pastor's service, a parishioner says.

"God is bigger even than science," says the church counselor. Adds a church member, "We are not looking at medicine, this was a miracle." No word yet from the paramedics, or the man whose life was saved.

A YouTube video purports to show the incident as it happened. (Also this month in miracles, a mailman saved a choking baby in South Carolina.)

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