“Every day it would seem the news would get worse,” Donny said. “I remember the last day that we met with the whole group of doctors, Elsa didn’t even want to hear. She just got behind me and was holding on.”
However, rather than bad news, the doctors said the infection had stopped.
It took the Finkbonners several years to realize that the turning point had come a day after a friend of the family — a nun named after Kateri — had visited them in the hospital, prayed with them and placed a relic of the soon-to-be saint on Jake’s leg.
“It took years for us to look at the calendar and recall that this is the day she came, this is the day she put the relic on, this is the day the infection stopped,” Elsa said.