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Maggie Lee Henson Prayer Request

Prayer request for Maggie Lee Henson, a 12-year-old injured in a bus crash?

Published Aug 3, 2009

Claim:   Prayers are requested for Maggie Lee Henson, a 12-year-old girl injured in a bus crash.


Examples:   [Collected via e-mail, July 2009]

Prayer Request for Maggie Lee Henson - 7-17-09

This was forwarded to me. I don't know the latest but I know that she and her family need our prayers. Her dad is an associate pastor at FBC, Shreveport.

Maggie Lee Henson, a 12 year old, was one of the youth that was on the First Baptist Shreveport bus that had a blow out on I-20 in Meridian, MS, that killed one teenager and sent all others to the hospital.

The bus blew a tire and flipped three times. Maggie Lee and another girl were trapped under the bus. Thank God a truck load of National Guardsmen were behind them on the freeway when it happened. They actually lifted the bus back upright!

Maggie Lee has severe head trauma. Her CT scan has shown severe brain stem damage. The Neurosurgeon said he cannot operate. She needs a MIRACLE. — so would you please pray and pass Maggie's name on to others. I know her family will be so grateful for your prayers.


Origins:   At 11 a.m. on 12 July 2009 on Interstate 20 in Meridian, Mississippi, a bus bearing 30 members of the First Baptist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana, underwent a tire blowout. The vehicle flipped several times in the eastbound lane before coming to rest on several of the children who had been thrown from the bus during its gyrations.

Fifty members of the Alabama National Guard's 2101st Transportation Company, who had been traveling in a bus one vehicle behind the church's conveyance,

succeeded in lifting the stricken bus off those trapped underneath it. Coincidentally, they were headed home after training at Camp Shelby on how to respond to
rollover accidents.

One of the children aboard the flipped bus, Brandon Ugarte, died shortly after the accident, and 27 other passengers were injured. Two passengers were airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and one of that pair, the most badly injured, was Maggie Lee Henson, the 12-year-old daughter of the church's associate pastor. Henson's brain stem was damaged, and there was swelling on her brain. She also suffered a broken pelvis and broken collar bones. Her doctors placed her into a medically-induced coma.

Maggie Lee Henson passed away on 2 August 2009. In a posting on CaringBridge.org, her mother, Jinny Henson, wrote "our precious Maggie Lee was carried into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

For information on the church and to find ways to assist the victims and the families of this accident, visit www.fbcshreveport.org.

Last updated:   3 August 2009


    Durrett, Craig.   "12-Year-Old Injured in Church Bus Crash Dies."

    Shreveport Times.   2 August 2009.

    Meridian Star.   "Second Victim of Bus Crash Dies."

    2 August 2009.

    WAPT-TV [Jackson, MS].   "Child Dead, 27 Passengers Hurt in Bus Crash."

    12 July 2009.

    WAPT-TV [Jackson, MS].   "12-Year-Old Bus Crash Survivor in Critical Condition."

    14 July 2009.

    WAPT-TV [Jackson, MS].   "Child Dies from Church Bus Crash Injuries."

    2 August 2009.

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