Fox 8 News In The Morning co-host Stefani Schaefer, on Wednesday, visited the Fox 8 set for the first time since her husband Roger was seriously injured in a terrible construction accident nearly three weeks ago. She thanked everyone for their prayers, which she said are definitely working.
Stefani said the accident was so bad that doctors told her, "The fact that he survived the fall is a true miracle." Roger beating the odds has Stefani convinced that "prayers are being answered."
"I see your notes on my Facebook page and the emails that you send and the calls to the station. That's what carried us through. That literally carried us through this," Stefani said in a message to the multitude of caring viewers. "I can't thank you enough for your prayers because they have gotten us to this point. I have my husband, and he is alive."
She said that some days are better than others, but Roger is "a lover of life" and she can sense he is fighting as hard as he can to overcome this. Doctors have told her to prepare for "months and months of ups and downs." She said she will do whatever it takes, however long it takes, asking everybody to keep praying if they are able.
"The power of prayer is amazing!" she said. "I am seeing miracles every single day with my husband."
One such miracle happened when a friend asked Roger to give Stefani a sign that he was fighting. She asked him to open his eyes, something Stefani thought was impossible at such an early stage in the recovery process.
"He popped those eyes open," she said with continued amazement. "It was unbelievable. We were screaming and crying. He was tracking us. It was unbelievable."
Stefani also announced that she would be returning to work on Thursday, enabling her to save some time off for when Roger begins rehabilitation.
All along, Stefani has been updating her Facebook fan page to let her friends know how Roger is doing.
On Monday, she posted promising news:
"The most amazing thing happened today.... while we (my Mother-In-Law, friend and Kathy Nemeh (Dr. Nemeh's wife) and myself, were praying over Roger this afternoon, he opened his eyes for a few minutes..... it was so exciting! Your prayers are working. I can't thank you enough!!!!!!"
On Sunday, she wrote:
"I hope all the moms had a wonderful Mother's Day. Yesterday after church, I took Race and Siena to see their father in the hospital for the first time. The first two weeks, I was advised not to bring them since he was hooked up to so many machines and medications. It just seemed like it would be way too scary for them to see him like that. The nurses got Roger all ready and anticipated their visit. It was so heartbreaking but precious. The kids cried... we all cried. The kids talked to Roger and even cheered him on when he moved his arm. They were begging him to wake up. It just broke my heart. Roger responded to us in small (but big to us) ways. He is still in a coma and we know this is going to be such a long journey. Again, with all your prayers, we can continue to move mountains. I love you all for the support and strength you have given me these last few horrendous weeks. I will continue to keep you all updated. Blessings, stef"
On May 10, Stefani provided this update:
"I can't thank you enough for your amazing and powerful prayers, thoughts and inspirational stories. These beautiful messages have helped us all more than you'll ever know. My Roger remains in very critical condition, but his numbers have remained steady over the last 2-3 days. Thank God. On Tuesday, he had a tracheotomy and yesterday at 1:10PM doctors shut off the ventilator and Roger has been breathing on his own since yesterday. AMEN! That is a great sign. They took Roger off the heavy medications and now we wait for him to wake up from his coma. The swelling is still very massive and we are being told it could be weeks or months before he wakes up from his coma. I have learned so much about brain injuries over the last 13 days and learned that you just have to celebrate the little things and take every single day, One Day At A Time. As I've mentioned, you all are helping carry Roger and my children and myself through this horrendous time - and I will always be so very grateful. Please add Roger to your church prayer lists, prayer groups, and personal prayers. I have reported on miracles for 20 years in the news - and I have seen many with my Roger these last two weeks. I need the big miracle now for him to wake up. A million thanks ... and then some. God Bless you. stef"
On May 5, Stef first explained the severity of the situation on her fan page. What follows is a portion of that heartfelt post:
"Dear friends. Last Friday, April 27, my world collapsed. My husband, best friend and soul mate fell 12 feet off scaffolding while working at a construction site. He was rushed to Hillcrest and once they realized his head trauma was so extensive and severe, he was lifeflighted to a level 1 trauma center. I was able to see him just before he was lifeflighted-Wayne carried me and Roger's mom into that room. It was the most horrific sight I had ever experienced-I held his face and told him how much I loved him, that he was my world, I told him to keep fighting, talked about Race and Siena. He was reacting-it was amazing. I know he heard every word I said. Roger was diagnosed with severe head fractures, severe brain bleeding and brain bruising. Friday evening, the swelling got to be too much, so doctors performed a craniectomy, where they removed the side of his skull to allow the brain to swell outside and not down to the brain stem which would be fatal. That night, my mother brought our children Race and Siena to the hospital-we were told for them to be there. During surgery, my children, mother, Roger's mom, my friends, many of my co-workers and even some of my bosses, picked me up off the floor, held me and prayed with me. We said the Rosary all during Roger's surgery. It made us all feel so strong during my darkness hours. That group of amazing people gave me strength to want to live-because I was dying inside. That surgery and all the prayers saved him that night-NO question. He is still in a coma and has been fighting for his life every single moment since then. His strength blows me away (and I think the doctors might be pretty impressed too) This past week has been such a blur for me, as I have been in such a state of shock, disbelief and complete and utter grief. But I have to keep going, for Roger and for our children."
Read the complete posts at Stefani's Facebook fan page, and please, if you are able, continue to pray for Roger.