Miracle of the Cornea
Dr. Bowden initially saw a young lady who had difficulties with her eyes
as a result of a severe infection of the eyes. She was new in town and
during the week when Dr. Bowden was on call, she noted particular
problems of redness that had developed in her eyes. She was a contact
lens wearer, and when she came in for evaluation, it was noted that she
had a significant infection of one of the corneas. While this was
significant, it was also noted by Dr. Bowden that she had changes in both
corneas consistent with a defect known as Fuchs' dystrophy. This is a
defect of the eyes that is always progressive and leads to loss of the
cornea. It may be inherited. As a matter of fact, the patient noted that
her sister did have Fuchs' dystrophy and had previously undergone corneal
transplant. The need for a corneal transplant is typical in patients with
Fuchs' dystrophy as the eye gets worse. The patient, of course, was very
distraught at this news in addition to the infection that was present in her
She did relate that she had been recently having problems in her
relationship with her husband and had been doing a lot of crying. She was
very despondent and sought some kind of relief. Dr. Bowden spent quite a
bit of time sharing with her and helped arrange for further care for her
through a new pastor in town. He also prayed with her for healing of the
On the next day, the patient returned having treated the eye overnight
with simple medications. She did have a dramatic improvement in the eye
but what was more important was that THE DEFECT THAT HAD BEEN PRESENT IN
BOTH THE EYES WAS NOW COMPLETELY ABSENT IN BOTH THE EYES.
This cannot be explained by any other means other than Divine
Intervention through prayer for this patient. We did ask for healing and
not only did God give her the gift of healing of the temporary infection,
but He gave her the gift of healing of the entire cornea.
Miracle of the Optic Nerve
A patient was brought for surgical treatment of a lesion on his optic
nerve. It had the absolutely characteristic appearance of a meningioma of
the optic nerve. These are very difficult to remove and most people
frequently just leave them alone, but he was having loss of vision and
was unable to see adequately. After extensive discussion with Dr. Bowden,
the patient agreed to removal of this lesion. Typically, these are not
malignant, but they can continue to grow and actually destroy the tissues
and the orbit.
Dr. Bowden had actually performed a similar surgery, approximately two
weeks prior to this, in which the optic nerve could not be salvaged, and
the patient's vision was totally lost. This time, Dr. Bowden had more
easy access to the patient's optic nerve, and once the optic nerve was
identified, it was very clear a typical meningioma appeared to be
present. This was removed and sent for the pathologist to look at the
time of surgery to ensure that it was a meningioma. I have the absolute
characteristic appearance of one, but whenever sent to pathologist, he
reported that it was normal fibrous tissue. It was thought that this may
be was too small lesion, and for this reason Dr. Bowden sent another
specimen. This was guaranteed to be portion of the tissue. Again it
returned as a normal tissue. At that point, Dr. Bowden realized that the
patient's lesions have already been healed and _____ closed up the orbit.
God healed this man's eye and allowed the optic nerve to be completely
free. He remains completely asymptomatic, and the lesion that was clear
present on x-rays is no longer present.
Miracle of the Orbital Mass
A patient was seen on one of Dr. Bowden's mission trips in Dominican
Republic. The patient was a young lady who had developed a significant
bulging of her eyes. She came to the hospital at Elias Santana in
Dominican Republic for evaluation on one day when there were oculoplastic surgeons present. This lady had never
been to the hospital before, but she did arrive fully anticipating care
for and knowing that she would get adequate treatment.
She came and was evaluated by the residents who presented her case to Dr.
Bowden. Also present was Dr. Harvey from Toronto. It was the only day in
the history of the hospital at Elias Santana or in the history of the
Dominican Republic that two oculoplastic
surgeons had been in the country at the same time. This happened "by
coincidence" on the day that the lady arrived. It was also another
"coincidence" that the lady had been walking down the street
one day when a radiologist saw her and said, "You've got a bulging
eye. Come and let me take a CT scan of that."
The CT scan, of course, is crucial to evaluate the size and location of
the tumor within the orbit. This was done by someone unknown to the
patient and was done prior to the evaluation with Dr. Bowden. She brought
this crucial test with her. The CT scan did show a definite, very large
mass that was clearly wrapped around the optic nerve. It was causing her
eye to bulge forward. It appeared to be totally wrapped around the optic
nerve in such a manner that removal attempts would guarantee blindness. A
simple removal of the tumor and the eye would, of course, also guarantee
blindness. Both Dr. Bowden and Dr. Harvey agreed that neither of them
would want to touch it.
However, the patient was insistent that we try. She stated that she had
prayed about this and knew that there was care available for her, and
that it would solve her problem. For this reason, knowing that it was not
an "accident" that the lady arrived on the one day when two oculoplastic surgeons were there, and that she
brought her CT scan with her, Dr. Bowden and Dr. Harvey agreed to
proceed. They both did emphasize to the patient that the likelihood of
success of the operation was minimal and that it was likely that she
would be totally blind or unable to use her eye in any way.
Prior to the surgery, a pastor from the visiting American team of workers
came and prayed with the patient, as did Dr. Bowden and Dr. Harvey.
Specifically, they prayed for healing of this lesion and that our hands
and eyes would be directed as we perform the surgery.
In the surgery, it was confirmed that the lesion was very large and an
extensive removal of the muscles around the eye was required in order to
get to the mass. As it was completely tied around the optic nerve,
various attempts were being made to identify the location of the mass
WHEN SUDDENLY IT SIMPLY FELL FROM THE ORBIT. THIS WAS DONE WITH ONLY A
MINOR TOUCH OF DR. HARVEY'S FINGERS. We all stopped and realized that the
Holy Spirit had actually delivered this tumor for us. It was completely
freed with minimal other dissection of tissues. However, we were certain
that there must have been some other damage to the eye and it was
unlikely that she would see well with the eye, and it was quite likely
that she would have double vision as a result of the removal of the
muscles of the eye and with later replacement of them.
An evaluation of this did show this to be a neurofibroma
of the orbit. Some neurofibromas may be easy to
remove, but most of the neurofibromas are
created from nerve tissue and are not easily removed without destroying
the tissue to which they are attached. However, this neurofibroma
definitely did "fall out of the orbit." The patient was seen
the next day following surgery, and she did have a somewhat swollen eye,
but six months later she had a totally normal eye that had returned to
its proper position She had no double vision, and she saw perfectly from
the eye. This clearly is a miracle that demonstrates God's care and grace
for this woman. We did not trust our own hands to do this, but we knew
that her faith was strong, and it was not an "accident" that
she came in the manner what she did.
Miracle of the Orbital Tumor
A patient presented to Dr. Bowden having a very significant and grave
diagnosis of malignant melanoma. He had previously had his eye removed
because it had a malignant melanoma in it. Now this deadly cancer had
spread to the orbit. The retina surgeon confirmed that this was an
orbital spread of a retinal malignant melanoma. When Dr. Bowden saw him
there were clear areas of dark-black pigment present on the eye and there
was an MRI scan that clearly showed extensive involvement of the orbit
with this tumor. An extensive discussion occurred with the patient as
this is a very deadly disease and most people die within months of this
The patient, however, was very confident and an orbital exenteration was scheduled. This is a procedure that
involves removal of all of the contents of the orbit and so all of the
cancer was to be removed.
Prior to the actual surgery the patient, an elder in the Baptist Church,
prayed along with his family and friends (approximately 15 people) for
total healing of the malignant melanoma and that he would have no
problems and heal well after the surgery.
The patient was taken to surgery and the tissue was removed and sent to
the pathology lab.
The patient did well following the surgery, and healed well. Several days
after the surgery, the pathologist called and asked, "So, Dr.
Bowden, why did you send us this tissue." I replied, "The
tissue was obviously full of tumor, there are many huge dark spots in it
that and others saw. It also can be seen on MRI scan that there is
recurred malignant melanoma within the orbit." They replied, "We
found absolutely nothing."
What this means is that the tumor that had been present was completely
cleared and eliminated sometime after the prayer. Although the patient
had gone into surgery with the tumor, he left with it completely healed.
Of course, this could just be explained away as inadequate pathology
studies, but this has been carefully reviewed and no tumor has actually
been found in the specimen. Additionally, the patient is now three and a
half years after the surgery, and he should have been dead within months.
Again, this clearly is demonstration of God's grace and healing in this
Miracle of the Nail
The pictures below show a young man who was using a nail gun when it went
off and went into his orbit, just above his eye. It also was long enough
that it went into his brain. The pictures show an angiogram where the
nail is only millimeters from the Carotid artery. Had this been pierced,
he would have died.
The CT scan pictures show the exact placement along the medial wall of
the orbit. It did not break any bone, but slid down the side of the bone,
under and around the muscles, and through the superior orbital fissure,
the furthest back part of the orbit. Notice that it missed muscles, the
eye, the bone, the sinuses, and went through a very crowded area full of
blood vessels and not one of them was injured.
Neurosurgery was performed to be sure the nail was not causing problems
with the brain and to be able to control any bleeding when the nail was
removed. The nail was found to be pushing against, but not piercing, the dura mater. The dura is the
outside lining of the brain. If it is pierced, infections and many other
serious problems can occur.
shows the actual removal of the nail. It came out cleanly and caused no
problems. He only ended up with a small hole in his eyelid. You will need
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This exact placement of the nail is not possible by human hands. A
surgeon with the greatest skill could not possibly place such a large
object there without causing injury. Had the nail gone one mm further in,
one mm up, or one mm down, it would have caused permanent, non-fixable
injuries and the patient could have died. As it was, he had a sore head
and eye and returned to his job as a carpenter with no problems.
When confronted with this miracle, all he could say was, "Gloria
Dios!" (Glory to God). Isn't our God great to protect this man?
See slide show.