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'Praise the Lord': 60-Year-Old Coronavirus Survivor Says God Spared Her Life

Michael Foust | Contributor | Thursday, April 9, 2020
'Praise the Lord': 60-Year-Old Coronavirus Survivor Says God Spared Her Life

'Praise the Lord': 60-Year-Old Coronavirus Survivor Says God Spared Her Life

A 60-year-old Georgia woman is crediting God for healing her after she contracted COVID-19 and appeared to be facing death.

Barbara Killiebrew told WALB she was hospitalized March 18 in Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas, Ga., and placed on a ventilator.

She thought she might die.

“First and foremost, I thank God for Jesus, for Him saving my life and giving me another chance, because two or three times where I have given up, God said no,” Killiebrew said.

She was unable to have family members with her due to hospital regulations during the pandemic. Still, Killiebrew said she didn’t feel alone, WALB reported.

“I realize there are so many people around the nation fighting for their life (sic) but God and his good almighty helped me. He kept this young lady here to come home and tell about … COVID-19," Killiebrew said.

The thought of her two daughters also helped her survive.

“I felt in my mind and my heart that I was coming back to them,” Killiebrew said. “I was fighting, I was fighting for my life.”

When Killiebrew was discharged from the hospital, she was wheeled down the hallways shouting, “Praise the Lord. Hallelujah.” 

The Coffee County sheriff’s office also gave her a hero’s escort home, WALB reported. 

“The sheriff and everything got together, blocked the roads off and I was thinking to myself, it could have been a funeral but instead, God has it turned around for a celebration,” she said. 

Her faith-centric story inspired her community and led to more than 100 comments on the WALB Facebook page.

“God is in the miracle business! Praise, Praise the Lord God Almighty,” one person wrote.

“Thank you God for watching over her. Still praying for her,” another person wrote. 

“God is so good, all the time,” a third person wrote.


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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chroniclethe Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.