It was at this hour – eleventh hour – exactly seven years ago. The whirring of the helicopter, the ministrations of dedicated medical team, the prayers of family and friends were all working in my behalf as my badly broken body was nearing death.
DOCTOR’S OPERATIVE REPORT: “Today she (Ms. Hayes) developed severe pain and weakness and was transferred to St. Anthony Central where she was found to be in acute heart failure. The patient was taken to the cath lab, intubated, and placed on pressers. Cardiac cath revealed an aortic dissection with severe wide-open aortic valvular insufficiency. The coronaries were studied and found to not have any significant lesions. The patient at this point was referred for an emergency salvage-type surgery…”
I look again “salvage-type surgery.” Dr. Lance Walker and the medical staff in St. Anthony Central salvaged this old body, put in a replacement part. And I did not die. I lived.
The “Family of Ms. Hayes” received a kind letter from the organization which provided a helicopter on that day. I thank them.
Thanks also to St. Jude Medical for the artificial aorta valve snugly doing its job, seldom calling attention to itself.
Thanks to my country, the USA, for its Medicare plan and to my secondary insurance, Health Choice, who have faithfully fulfilled their word in paying medical bills.
Thanks to my Healing Jesus who was present with me through it all.
I’m astonished that I have found the seven years, 79-86, have been among the best of my life
Could anyone ever be more blessed!
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