“We were sail-boating during the summer of 1997,” Ella
recalls vividly. “It was July 2. It was a freak gust of wind and
the boat turned over. Cody was trapped under the boat for
over 15 minutes. He was flown by Life Flight to Houston,
and the doctors gave us a gloomy report.”
Ted and Ella were told in no uncertain terms that Cody,
who remained in a coma, had irreversible brain damage.
Worse, he was hemorrhaging in his lungs (the salt water he
swallowed was eating the delicate lining of the lungs), and
nothing the doctors did could stop that.
“We began praying,” says Ella unabashedly.
“We believed in prayer, so we asked others
to pray. We spoke God's Word over Cody.
We even refused to allow anyone to come
into the room and talk negative things. We
only wanted words of faith spoken around
What happened brought the attention of
every major news outlet in the Houston area
and some national television networks. The
Brunts, and the world, watched God perform
one miracle after another.
Within days, Cody not only regained
consciousness, but began stirring, then talking,
walking and eventually running!
He hasn’t stopped running since. He, his sister
Brittany, and Ella have all won Texas State
championships in tennis. He is a varsity athlete for
LaMarque High School.
“Cody has told his story on national television and
magazines (including “The 700 Club,” Kenneth and
Gloria Copeland’s “Believer’s Voice of Victory,”
Jerry Savelle’s “Adventures in Faith” and Sid Roth’s
“It’s Supernatural,”) Ella relates. “He always ends
up his story with the same phrase that we
eventually put into a book—God Always Wins!”
Today, in addition to keeping a household
humming with two active teenagers and a husband
who works for BP Texas City Oil Refinery (Ted was
only a short distance from the devastating
explosion on March 23, 2005, that made worldwide
news, and that is another in the long line of miracle
stories for this family!), Ella is a charter school
“We try to eat healthy,” she said when I asked her
for a favorite recipe, “and this one is fairly low in
calories. It’s is also perfect for our busy schedule.
This recipe is a family favorite, simply because
most of the ingredients are always in the house,
and mainly because it is so easy to make. Brittany
or Cody can make up a batch if I’m not home from
school. Cook a pan of corn bread to go along with
it, and you’ve got a great meal with very little effort.”
|Cody in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
|Cody's "Impossible" first
steps after two weeks
(Above) Cody's amazing book
(Left) Cody today...champion tennis player!
|Ted, Brittany and Ella today
ELLA BRUNT'S TEMPTING TACO
1 lb. cooked hamburger meat
1 can Rotel® tomatoes
1 can corn, drained
1 jar of salsa
1 package of McCormick’s Taco
1 can Ranch® style beans with jalapeños
1 cup water (more if desired)
Brown hamburger meat in a large skillet,
drain off grease, add taco seasoning mix,
beans, tomatoes, salsa, corn and water,
then stir well. Simmer for an hour over low
heat to bring out all the zesty flavor.
Serve in bowls and sprinkle with your
choice of taco chips, grated cheese, sour
cream, green or black olives, onions or
guacamole, as desired.
Enjoy the taco soup as you remember
Cody’s amazing miracle story!