Bludgeoned by an Ax at the Hands of Her Husband

Bludgeoned by an ax at the hands of her husband, Solomon, Chandrakanthi lay on the floor bleeding. She screamed,

“Help me, please help me!”

It was almost an hour before anyone came to her aid. Blood gushed from the deep cut in her head, covering most of the floor in the bedroom.

This is not a short story or the beginning of a novel. It is a truly horrific, yet very real, event that took place in Puwakpitiya, Avissawela, Sri Lanka.

But above all, it is a story of victory and God’s amazing healing.

Puwakpitiya is situated about 160 kilometers northeast of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Lying 138 feet above sea level, this is a quiet community.

Compassion’s Child Survival Program (CSP) started here almost a year ago and Chandrakanthi was a regular attendee. She and her youngest daughter, now 1 1/2 years old, have greatly benefited from the CSP program.

Chandrakanthi, her husband Solomon and their four children, lived with his father, Vennan, under the same roof. The house belongs to Vennan.

On that fateful night, Vennan had gone to a family function. In the early hours of the morning, he received the news that Chandrakanthi had been taken to the hospital.

“I rushed home and as I got there I met Solomon. When I asked what had happened, he said she had fallen and hurt herself so she was taken to the hospital.

“I knew that was a lie as soon as he said it.”

Yes, it was a lie. The reason Chandrakanthi had to be admitted to hospital that night was Solomon himself.

During an argument, Solomon had attacked her in a drunken rage and repeatedly hit her with an ax, crushing one side of her head.

The Child Survival Program manager shared,

“Chandrakanthi was found with blood all around her. It was when the house was being cleaned that it was realized how much she had bled.

“Under the bed was a large pool of blood. The floors had been almost completely covered with blood.”

At the hospital, Chandrakanthi lay almost lifeless in a coma that lasted more than three months. Doctors in Colombo gave up on her and sent her back to Puwakpitiya.

In Puwakpitiya she was placed in the intensive care unit. She couldn’t move. Lying flat with a sheet up to her shoulders, she looked like a lifeless body. As Chandrakanthi slowly recovered, she was able to hear and see but unable to speak or move her limbs. She would just shed tears.

When her children came to visit her, she would cry silent tears. When Vennan visited, all he could do was cry as he held her hand.

Chandrakanthi’s eldest son had witnessed his mother’s vicious attack. Each time the child visited her, he just held his mother’s hand. Now nearly a teenager, he still doesn’t speak about that day.

Through the Child Survival Program, extra nutrition packs were provided to Vennan as he cared for the children on his own. Mothers from the CSP joined hands in prayer.

Compassion’s ministry stepped in to provide additional medical help and pay the medical bills. For a humble family living in a small hut, the cost of Chandrakanthi’s extensive medical care was far too much to bear on their own.

As Chandrakanthi lay in her hospital bed, many people were on their knees in prayer for her. Prayer chains were created not just in Sri Lanka, but throughout the Compassion ministry family. Many people in many countries prayed for her.

Churches and youth fellowships in Sri Lanka cried for Chandrakanthi and God heard each prayer. He saw each tear. Chandrakanthi began to improve. Limbs started to move. Words started to form. The healing had begun.

It has been eight months since the attack. Today, Chandrakanthi sits outside her grandmother’s house smiling, laughing and calling out to us as we come to visit her. Tears fill our eyes and our hearts are warmed as we see before us God’s amazing work. Chandrakanthi, healed!

Chandrakanthi recently went for a routine checkup in Colombo. Her sister reported,

“When the doctors saw her, jaws dropped. They couldn’t believe it was her. They couldn’t talk for some time after seeing her. They were stunned.”

Chandrakanthi’s family is Buddhist. But as we met them this day, her father and her sister had this to say:

“We didn’t think she would be healed like this or even live. We cannot believe it. It is unimaginable. We know so many people have prayed for her. Maybe that is what healed her.”

Her children visit her almost every day. But her youngest child doesn’t recognize her and breaks out in tears each time her mother calls out to her.

Chandrakanthi’s speech is still developing, but it is not hard to understand her. Her mind is alert to sounds and words that are spoken to her. She communicates with those around her. Her left hand and leg are still a little numb and she hasn’t regained full control of them.

The Child Survival Program is working to obtain a walker for Chandrakanthi to enable her to get around the house more easily.

A family member tells us,

“Before, she couldn’t even walk. But today, look at her. You know, she came and sat outside on her own after grandma gave her a bath. She held the wall for support but she came here alone.”

Her father-in-law, Vennan, still continues to care for the children in any way he can and our ministry supports his sacrificial commitment.

“I will do all I can for these children as long as I have to look after them. It was God who made Chandrakanthi well.

“Nothing is impossible for Him. God knows that I cannot continue doing this. He will heal her completely. Only He can do it. He can do what men fail at. Nothing is impossible for Him.”

Chandrakanthi is truly a living testament to God’s amazing power and an answer to prayer. Her road to recovery has not ended, but she and her family have the faith that she will be fully healed. Her own father and sister, though they do not believe in God, know and have seen His power working in their family.

Chandrakanthi’s mother, who works in Dubai, has made it back to Sri Lanka for a short stay to see her daughter.She has also recently accepted Jesus as her Savior.

“Thank you, and thank you to the church for saving my daughter. If not for you, if not for this program, if not for this church, my daughter would be dead.”

Chandrakanthi’s sister is Buddhist. During one of her visits, she stated,

“No other organization or even a religious institution would have been able to help my sister. Your God must be special.”

16 Comments |Add a comment

  1. Rohan Salgadoe May 17, 2015

    Praise the Lord for this wonderful healing that was instaled in her. It is really praiseworthy the wonderful faith exerted by the staff for this miracle to happen and many to know Jesus and to start beklieving in Him. Keep the spirit up.

  2. Julia August 16, 2012

    am speechless:( and my heart is broken for Chandra and her kids, i pray to God that she be healed soon, and for d kids may d blessings of God be always upon them i can imagine how sad and tormented his son d night his mom was attacked, maybe till now i hope he also b healed:( my prayers for all of them, although i hv my own issues too but i felt ashamed for whining out on mine:(

  3. Jill November 3, 2011

    Domestic violence is everywhere, even in your town. Help those afflicted no matter what their religion is.

  4. geneva November 1, 2011

    Krissy, thank you for this article..nothing is impossible for God.

  5. Jacquie Parella October 31, 2011

    Our field staff has said that no one knows the exact whereabouts of Solomon. He will occasionally come to see his children but neither our staff or his family know where he is living, etc.

  6. Judy October 31, 2011

    What a tremendous story of the power of Jesus’ healing. I have put Chandrakanthi on my prayer list. He can completely heal her! I will pray for Vennan and the children, as well.

  7. Church Chair Guy October 31, 2011

    I also would be interested in knowing what happened to Solomon after this story took place.

  8. Mike Stephens October 31, 2011

    God heal Chandrakanthi amen!

  9. jenni October 31, 2011

    I would really like to know what sort of prosecution is being brought against “Solomon” (in quotes because the name itself is a travesty to belong to such a man) for this brutal attack. The International Justice Mission exists to try to protect families such as Chandrakanthi’s and to prosecute people who prey on the innocent. I know Compassion has worked with IJM in the past; I wonder if they are doing so now. This “man” who attacked his wife needs to know there are consequences to his actions.

    I am grateful to God for restoring Chandrakanthi’s health, and pray that many people can find a relationship with Jesus because of her healing. He truly is our only hope.

    1. Jacquie Parella October 31, 2011

      Hi Jenni! I am looking into this and will let you know when I find out more. It may take a while but I will get back to you. Jacquie

  10. Judy Tremblay October 31, 2011

    Billie: I agree with your comment. And chances are, Compassion feels the same way. It’s my understanding that they’re in the business of helping, regardless of the people’s religion. Yes, they are told about Jesus and that Compassion believes that her healing was through the work of our God–but I personally think there is a difference between sharing my belief and brainwashing someone else with it. The people in this woman’s community saw what happened to her. Some chose to believe in the Christian God because of it. However, others attribute the healing to the Christian God, but chose to remain Buddhist. I don’t see any brainwashing going on, based on the content of this post.

  11. billie October 31, 2011

    whatever people believe,whatever religion they belong to,that should be respected & the people should never be brainwashed into believing in any other religion just because they recieved help

    1. Kelly October 31, 2011

      They are respected and never brainwashed. You should visit a Compassion project so you fully understand. People help because that’s what God told US to do. Not all Christians are like the ones you’re describing. We’re helping others and giving help because we’re living out our own beliefs, not trying to convince other people of them. If they want to know more we’ll tell them, otherwise they are free to receive help and life their lives.

    2. Kate Sanderson October 31, 2011

      And your point is?

  12. Judy Tremblay October 31, 2011

    Wow! Amazing healing by an amazing God. Thanks for the reminder that truly nothing is impossible for Him.

    I wonder whatever happened to Solomon. The story doesn’t mention him after the hospital, when he told his father she had fallen. It was his father that was caring for the children. The same God that healed Chandrakanthi can restore all things, including the family.

  13. Barb October 31, 2011

    I remember when the Child Survival Program was being created when I was employed by Compassion 11 years ago and pregnant with our second child. I praise God for this faithful father-in-law who has cared for his children. It is unusual for Compassion to print a story this graphic, but this is an unfortunate reality in life.

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