Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Do You Believe in Miracles?

If you don't believe in miracles, this might cause you to think...

I posted about my mom's cousin Wayne last week. He is truly a "miracle man". On February 25th he suffered an aortic aneurysm at home. His family was told that less than 5% make it to the ER before bleeding to death.

He made it to the ER and endured 5 hours of surgery to repair it. They told the family before surgery that his chances of surviving the surgery were less than 1%. It was touch and go for a few days. He lost a kidney and the other kidney wasn't functioning. Then Thursday his vitals began to stabilize. They removed sedatives and pain medication on Thursday afternoon to try to get him to wake up.

As of this past Monday morning he was still in a coma. The staff was concerned that he had suffered brain damage during this whole ordeal. They anticipated that he would wake up in a few hours to a couple of days. The family was told to prepare to make some tough decisions on Tuesday. Wayne had other plans for Tuesday. He woke up.

Today's emails from my cousins have been much more encouraging. This morning his son David reported that although he is still on the vent, his kidney is trying to work and he has opened his eyes and is responding to cues and directions.

Wayne's daughter Kristin emailed around noon today with even more good news. He made it for about 30 minutes breathing on his own and he recognizes visitors. They had been discussing a trach, but may be able to wait on that now. He's trying to talk and is nodding his head in response to questions.

All the doctors can do is scratch their heads. They don't know how he has even survived to this point.

Please continue to keep him in his prayers.

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