Inspiring, modern saint story: “Not only do I get a miracle and get to be saved, now I get to meet the pope.”

Glisson was expected to die or be severely disabled due to brain injuries suffered March 15, 2002, in a roller-blading accident on Baltimore Pike in Springfield.

“I didn’t expect him to survive,” said Dr. Richard Buonocore of Newtown Square, the neurosurgeon who, with a trauma team at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, operated on the 21-year-old twice within 12 hours of his accident.

While his parents, Donna and William Glisson Sr., kept a bedside vigil in Crozer’s intensive care unit where he was on a respirator, a family friend, Noreen Yoder of Thornbury, took his cause to a higher power. Now director of the Widener University Child Development Center in Chester, Yoder was a former staff member at Don Guanella, so she informed the community there about the comatose young man’s need for a miracle.

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