I Heard a Voice Say "Never Throw in the Towel"
Linda McCoy worked very hard to raise her sons to be good people.
As a single mother working three jobs, homeless at times and not always making the right choices, this was a difficult task. Yet her boys were
respectful, hardworking, loving and strong in their faith.
McCoy, author of I Heard a Voice Say "Never Throw in the Towel", was proud of her oldest son, Darien, who was an industrious, energetic,
responsible young man with a bright future ahead of him. He worked hard, helped his mother with the household expenses, helped raise his younger
brother and went to school.
Darien took classes at the local Community College and worked very hard at his job at a major hardware company. It was at this company that tragedy
befell him. He took a fall of almost 20 feet, hitting his head on the way down. Instead of being rushed to the hospital, Darien was sent home to rest. He
returned to work where he was again injured to the same area of the head during his effort to do the best job he could for this company. Again, he was
sent home. Three months later, while he was at work, Darien complained of shooting pains from his neck into his head. This time, Darien was rushed
to the hospital. When his mother arrived, he was unresponsive. The sound of her prayers was able to bring him around. The hospital performed many
tests on Darien, finally they found that an injury to his brain stem had left him paralyzed from the mouth down.
"They told me that Darien's injury was more severe than any injury that they had ever seen," wrote McCoy. "As they explained it: the specific injury had
caused an Infarc of the brain-stem and that no one had ever lived with an injury level that high."
No one expected Darien Smith to live. No one, that is except Darien, his mother and their family. They turned to family and friends for support and also
found strength in their religious beliefs.
"I went home to my mother's house, and kneeled down in prayer and search for answers, and said to God: â€˜I taught