If life went as planned, Maggie the daughter of a local pastor would have spent Labor Day weekend running around, giggling, and playing with her grandparents and siblings. Instead, she lays quietly in a medically induced coma with the sounds of machines beeping, machines that are keeping her alive after a trip to the dentist went horribly wrong.
Maggie Ruth McLean is the four-year-old daughter of Alex and Jennifer McLean. Her family describes her as a blond little spitfire who loves ladybugs and has a sassy little attitude. Alex is a pastor at Rancho Community Church in Temecula. Last Thursday Maggie was taken to a dentist in Indio to work on her molars with her mother. The dentist had an anesthesiologist who put her under for the procedure.
Maggie, who had no prior allergies to medicine, suddenly started experiencing complications. She was rushed to one hospital, which happened to be across the street. However, Maggie’s situation got worse and she was life flighted to Loma Linda University Hospital in Redlands.
“We are a mess,” said Barbara McLean, Maggie’s grandmother. “Life changes on a dime. Maggie is so vibrant. To see her laying in the hospital so heavily sedated and connected to life support is hard to handle.”
The McLean’s posted on their Facebook page to family and friends requests for prayers to help Maggie recover.
“The response to our prayer request was swift and immediately started to spread past our immediate contacts,” said Barbara Mclean.
The pictures the McLean’s posted of Maggie being life flighted struck a chord with many people and before they knew it over a hundred churches started prayer requests for Maggie.
“We have now lost count of the number of churches now praying for my granddaughter. The churches are of all denominations and it is proving to us there is power in social media to do good,” said Barbara McLean.
Alex McLean said Thursday night she was touch and go and family, friends and pastors from Rancho Community Church came up to the hospital and gathered around her bed to pray for her. Friday afternoon she was stable.
A groundswell of support began to spring up. As word began to spread, hundreds of people began to share the story and gather and pray. Other local churches began to get the story and join in the stream of prayer. Churches in other parts of California and the nation began to join as well.
At the same time, Alex began sharing updates on Instagram and Facebook. As more people liked and shared the story, it began to travel all over the social media community and the world. Hundreds of people began tagging their posts #prayformaggieruth. Hundreds of people changed their profile pictures to an icon that Maggie’s dad made for her with a little ladybug (her favorite animal).
“One Instagram user created a piece of art in support of Maggie and currently has raised over $2000,” said Alex McLean.
Alex said on Monday, Maggie moved from an HFO ventilator to a conventional ventilator. Her vitals were looking good. She is still sedated but taking small steps toward recovery.
“She’s won the hearts of the hospital staff and they love her and are cautiously optimistic about her progress. Her parents, family, church community and online community are all praying for a full recovery. There are literally thousands of people sharing her story all over the world,” said Alex McLean.
“I miss seeing my Maggie running around and seeing her stick her tongue out to her grandfather Papa Rick and playing,” said Barbara Mclean.
“Jen and I and our family are completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. We know that God is all over this, in Maggie’s body and in her story that is reaching far across the world. We feel like we are experiencing a ‘slow-motion miracle’ where we are watching her come back to life,” said Alex McLean.
If anyone would like to help financially support Maggie, donations can be made at www.mclean6.net through PayPal.