Native American Indian Declared Saint
Later, the Catholic News Service issued a story on the Blessed Kateri Doctors apparently believed that their medical expertise was not enough to save him, thinking every night he was going to die. It was long-term family friend the Rev. Tim Sauer who advised the Finkbonners to pray to Blessed Kateri - the patroness for American Indians - akin to asking her to pray to God, on Jake's behalf, to perform a miracle, as he is of Lummi descent
Native American Indian Declared Saint
On Monday, Dec. 19Pope Benedict XVI decreed that the recovery of Jake Finkbonner, an American Indian boy of the Lummi tribe, from the flesh-eating bacteria Necrotizing Fasciitis, or StrepTococcus A, that in 2006 nearly killed him was indeed a miracle which has been attributed to Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.
This statement has enabled the first ever canonization, in the Catholic Church, of an American Indian saint. Evidence from medic who treated Jake, along with Vatican doctors led to the same conclusion, leaving 11 year old Jake mother Elsa are proud. the pair believed utterly that prayering to Blessed Kateri led to his surviving the flesh-eating bacteria.
It was on February 11, 2006, near the end a basketball game thast a small cut in his mouth allowed the aggressive bacteria to race through his bloodstream. so bad was it that doctors, to stop the spread and save him, surgically removed damaged flesh daily, also placing the toddler in a hyperbaric chamber, every day over two weeks, at the Seattle Virginia Mason Medical Center to deliver oxygen and help impede infection progress.
Over nine horrific weeks, doctors felt obliged to prepare the family for his impending death, and the deeply faithful Finkbonners prayed at their local church and the one on the Lummi reservation, where, as Jake fought for life, parishioners asked Blessed Kateri for her help.
Later, the Catholic News Service issued a story on the Blessed Kateri Doctors apparently believed that their medical expertise was not enough to save him, thinking every night he was going to die. It was long-term family friend the Rev. Tim Sauer who advised the Finkbonners to pray to Blessed Kateri - the patroness for American Indians - akin to asking her to pray to God, on Jake's behalf, to perform a miracle, as he is of Lummi descent.
This Vatican decision, that a miracle beyond the explanation of medicine, only attributable to intercession on behalf of Jake by Blessed Kateri, born in 1656 had occurred reaffirmed his devout Catholic family faith, no question that it was a miracle in their minds.
American Indian Catholics throughout the USA are celebrating the , canonization, something that many feel has been too long in the making, and well deserved, so that a great number of native Americans are happy today.
It was afterJake had recovered, in 2006, that Rev. Sauer sent the Archbishop in Seattle a letter about a possible miracle, after which Catholic Church investigators interviewed all people concerned who had testified to praying for intercession by the Blessed Kateri .
These same investigators were given his medical records along with information from the mother, who kept Jake's doctors aware of the extensive legal process - dealing with both the theological and the scientific, medical natures of the supposed miracle - a very rigorous process receiving very serious scrutiny before any announcement can be made
Almost six years from that basketball court scrape that almost cost him so dearly, Jake bears still the scars on his face and neck, along with others across his chest from shoulder to shoulder and on his scalp from ear to ear. Having undergone 29 surgeries, this feisty11-year-old is otherwise healthy, very normal, likes to play video games a lot and is really looking forward to meeting the pope. Miracles, it seems, do happen after all.