By Carlos Correa

LODI (CBS13) — It’s a medical mystery that’s left several doctors scratching their heads. A suspected malignant brain tumor vanishes without treatment giving a patient a second chance at life.

It happened to a Lodi man who turned to his faith and the very community he has spent years helping. Several months ago, Lodi father and community volunteer Paul Wood realized something just wasn’t right.

“I had massive headaches, I couldn’t walk down the hallway without holding on to the walls,” he said.

Wood’s primary physician sent him to a neurosurgeon at UC San Francisco who thought he had a brain bleed, although radiologists saw signs of a tumor. Wood immediately turned to his faith and his community for support.

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“My phone is blowing up, my Facebook is prayer after prayer, all over California,” said Wood.

The day before surgery, Wood’s operation was canceled because his suspected tumor was gone.

“It’s a miracle and that is the way God planned it,” he said.

Specialists said they can’t explain why everything vanished. Wood’s doctor can’t either.

“We do tests and we have medical technology and we try to come up with some conclusion… sometimes things happen that we can’t explain,” said Dr. Richard Yee.

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Faith leaders at Gravity Church, where Wood is a member, believe when there is prayer in numbers, there is a higher power at work.

“He just kept saying, ‘no matter what happens to me, I’m going to be okay. I trust God.’ And that was an inspiration for a lot of people around him,” said Jason McEachron, a Pastor at Gravity Church.

Whatever it was, Wood is just glad for a second chance and an opportunity to teach others about hope.

“Paul’s story just breathes hope,” said church member Ryan Kimura.

Wood said the doctors are so intrigued with his recovery, they have asked him to volunteer to be part of a research study.

Comments (67)
  1. Dave Fay says:

    It’s called the Placebo Effect and it can often be much more effective than drugs. There is also the nocebo effect and it will make you sick and even kill you. It’s your own thoughts from your own mind. Have positive thoughts and good things can happen. Live in constant fear that something bad is going to happen to you and it will.

    1. Robert Watson says:

      What an idiot.

      1. Pooby O'dam says:

        He’s an idiot for believing in the power of the mind? So, a more intelligent person would believe an invisible, all powerful space man took away his tumor?

    2. Anonee Mousse says:

      So when I was a kid in Africa and our car windshield was smashed and my parents pulled the car over, had prayer for a safe trip, right before driving into the middle of one of the worst thunderstorms in my memory, as I watched a bubble form around our car as we drove through the middle of that storm without a drop landing where our windshield wasn’t and driving for over a hundred kilometers, that was all a placebo effect too???? And the fact that a new windshield was located and installed the very next day before the next rains hit, was that placebo effect too??? Really???

  2. Alan Sargent says:

    Maybe it was leprechauns.

  3. caffeineator says:

    Dr. Bruce Lipton has the answer.

  4. Chuck Niwrad says:

    Wouldn’t be the first time someone just got better without intervention. No miracles needed.

    1. Brad Michael Tankersley says:

      Hear Hear for him. Dr’s & Pharmaceuticals kill people with their experiments. Sometimes things are best left alone for mother nature.

  5. Dave Hardesty says:

    Glad he doesn’t have cancer nor need to have a tumor removed.God definitely had a hand in that and if this drives him to a better faith in God it’s good.

    Did he have this malady in the first place or a mistake in interpreting the imagery by the radiologists and doctors I don’t know. Just thankful that God is in control and hope this drives more toward thinking about God and what HE has done for all of mankind and away from what they think they have done for themselves even if they believe that they are following His will through their ‘works’ instead of having faith that God is in full control and that he allows things to happen according to his will and not the will of mankind.

  6. Louis Sardenga says:

    Although I am a religious man and believe in miracles, this can be explained by a condition known as “pseudotumor cerebra which originally looks and acts like a malignant brain tumor but if biopsied, you can tell microscopically that it is not malignant. In addition, this lesion subsides on its own after a period of time, leaving no trace radiologically of anything wrong. I am not saying that this is the case, I am only offering one of many possible explanations..

  7. Brad Bolz says:

    This is not unusual. Check out the FourteenTwelve ministry, also known as Two Guys & a Bible on Youtube. They’re based in Laurie, Missouri. I’ve seen the miracles and been part of them. Their Winter 2019 Summit is January 2nd through 5th. Come to the summit and let me and them pray for you. Holy Spirit is real and active. There will be miracles….

  8. Julie Borkowski says:

    It is an artifact. Not a tumor.

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