Josie Paille had been blind in one eye since she was 16-years-old. A vein occlusion had taken half her sight, but few people noticed her disability. Years later she recieved terrible news from the doctor, her condition was spreading to her good eye. Doctors tried to prepare her for the terrible reality that she would soon go completely blind.
As her vision deteriorated, Josie wore Coke-bottle glasses to help maintain what minimal vision she had left. She was left heartbroken and spiraled into despair. To help cheer her up, Josie’s brother Peter decided to take her skydiving. She was terrified, but reluctantly agreed to the adventure. Little did she know it would change her life forever.
When the day came, Peter hired a camera man to jump with Josie to create a video for her children. Josie admits she was so scared she never would have made it out the door without the tandem jump instructor strapped to her back. As she fell, Josie was certain she would die. She held up three fingers to the cameraman attempting to signal her three children that she loved them and was thinking about them. Suddenly she heard a loud pop and felt excruciating pain inside her head.
At the same moment the instructor released the parachute and everything seemed to slow down and Josie had some relief. When they landed she described the sound and the pain to instructor who asssured her it was just her ears popping as they adjusted to the changing air pressure. She went to bed that night, but when she awoke the next morning her vision had been restored in both eyes. A visit to the doctor confirmed the rapid change in air pressure helped release the vein occlusion blockage, but Josie’s sure it was a miracle.