“I knew once he was there, even though it was a roller coaster while he was there, that he was there to get better, that that's where God sent him to heal,” Kathleen Ostrowski said.
As it happens, the hospital in Fort Wayne is situated only 20 miles away from the former Saint Felix Friary in Huntington, where Blessed Solanus spent most of the last 10 years of his life in retirement. After a month, Ostrowski was able to walk again with the help of the ECMO machine.
“And the other doctors in the ICU, they said it was a miracle and they couldn't believe how well I was doing. They took me off the ventilator. I was able to breathe on my own, non-stop. They didn't have to put me back on it [during the day]. And they said that never happens,” Nolan Ostrowski said.
“I still sometimes struggle with a lack of breath, but for the most part, and it's only been a couple months since I've been off that ECMO machine, I am doing very well — and I think it's because of the intervention that occurred to me.” You can hear Nolan Ostrowski tell his story in the video below, from the Diocese of Lansing.
On Oct. 1, Ostrowski returned home to his family in Eaton Rapids. Since then the family has made a pilgrimage of thanksgiving to the tomb of Blessed Solanus Casey in Detroit.
They have also written to those responsible for promoting Blessed Solanus’ cause of canonization. It is a cause that requires one more attributable miracle in order for “Blessed Solanus” to be declared as “Saint Solanus” by the Vatican.
“Well, I feel like it's gonna happen regardless. If my part in it is to make it happen, it would be great,” said Ostrowski. Added his wife Kathleen, “It would be great but I also feel that Solanus will keep doing what he's doing, and he's obviously not done, so if Nolan’s miracle is it that would be great — but it'll happen.”
Recently, the Ostrowski family heard back from the promoters of Blessed Solanus' cause to thank them for sharing their story, but explaining that after consulting with their advisory physicians they won’t be pursuing Ostrowski’s recovery as an official miracle, due to the fact that there may be some medical explanation for his recovery.
Even so, the Ostrowskis feel blessed by what happened to them, and they're happy that their story will be kept on file as part of the canonization process.
Editor's note: This story originally appeared on the website of the Diocese of Lansing.
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