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"Miraculous" Recovery from Gunshot Wound Could Beatify Pope John Paul II

Cleveland, Ohio, Apr 4, 2009 (CNA).- A man who suffered a "non-survivable" execution-style gunshot to the head during a mugging in Cleveland has had a "miraculous" recovery possibly due to the intercession of Pope John Paul II. If the late pontiff is credited for the miracle, it would lead to his beatification.

Jory Aebly, 26, suffered the gunshot would five weeks ago. Doctors at the Metro Health Medical Center declared it to be a "non-survivable" injury, ABCís Good Morning America reports.

Hospital chaplain Fr. Art Nedeker administered Aebly with the Sacrament of the Sick, asking Pope John Paul II to pray for Jory and to protect him.

Fr. Nedeker explained that the Pope had promised him he would always pray for the patients at the hospital and blessed a dozen rosaries with special patients at the hospital.

The priest gave Aebly the last of the rosaries that had been blessed by the Pope, after which Aebly consistently improved.

He was released on Tuesday, two days before the fourth anniversary of Pope John Paul IIís death.

Dr. Robert Geertman, a neurosurgeon involved in Aebly's treatment, told Good Morning America his patientís survival was "one in a million."

"My jaw was on the floor after a day or two of seeing he is hanging on. ÖI'd say it's pretty miraculous," he said at a press conference days after the shooting.

At the press conference announcing Aeblyís release, Fr. Snedeker said:

"I stand before you today and can say, to my mind, Jory is a miracle."

Aebly himself credited his recovery to "the many prayers from family, friends and co-workers" and others.

His mother Deb Wolfram told the press conference she believes in "the power of prayer" and said she believed peopleís prayers helped her son through his ordeal, Good Morning America says.

A Vatican official reported that the investigation into the alleged miracle could take time.

"We cannot predict a precise schedule," Monsignor Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Caucus of Saints told ANSA. "All stages, including the examination of the miracle, have to be conducted in a particularly thorough way."

Approval of the miracle could lead to Pope John Paul IIís beatification, leaving one more miracle before he can be canonized.

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