Maurice had actually prayed the cardiologist (#2) would not do any
heroics, and that was what we got: clear indications from the angiogram that immediate bypass surgery was necessary. Enter
cardiac SURGEON #3--right on that spot--MIRACLE again, DrJoseEscobar! The surgery was scheduled as soon as reasonable
with very little time for us to get things in order.
All during the 6-1/2 hour surgery--a QUADRUPLE Bypass opened chest procedure--the
OR nurse called every 45 minutes to report how things were going. One of the pastors from church, whose birthday was also
that day stayed with me, and a kind volunteer who had the same surgery eight years ago (who is now 80+ years old). Maurice was in the OR from until that
afternoon, ! DrEscobar reported that everything had gone "better that good!” Maurice was
brought to the C-ICU with nine IV's, arterial and jugular sensors, multiple wires through his chest directly attached to the
heart, and two chest tubes--each about the size of a table leg--plus oxygen mask & sensors--all ending in some pump, bag,
or screen. Despite all that paraphernalia, Maurice was out of bed the next morning after surgery and three times more that
day--even making everyone laugh by his dance steps—and those infamous breezy-rear hospital gowns! (Well, two gowns were
Four days later, everything had gone so well that we were preparing to go home on
Monday. Maurice had just finished a little breakfast and was about to make a trip
to the bathroom when I noticed something was wrong. Suddenly he was slumping to his right side and his right hand was dragging
everything off the bed-table. Immediately, I called and the room was full of nurses and doctors. It was a stroke involving
his entire right (dominant) side. He was rolled, bed-and-all, down to CT Scan to rule out a blood vessel rupture--so that
the new brain-repairing medication could be immediately given!! A BIG MIRACLE, for
sure!! Although I had not left his side, just the possibility that I could have been at that moment in the bathroom would
have made all the difference!!
Within twelve hours, Maurice awoke kicking his right leg in the air and swinging his right arm with new movement of his
hand and fingers!! By the end of that day, he was writing--big words with his left hand, but later his right hand!! Another
series of MIRACLES!!
Everyday since, his speech is getting better,although it takes a huge effort. Out-patient
speech and occupational therapy do not begin until later this
week! I think DrAdams will even be impressed--MIRACLE!! The hardest next has been restoration for lung capacity/function which today seems dramatically better,
maybe complete, especially now low-pain! MIRACLE!!!
The greatestof all MIRACLES has been the spread of worldwide prayer: DayStar Christian
Television where Maurice worked in the International Prayer Department, though our
church, DFW New Beginnings, and the pastoral staff and worldwide groups who have been
praying. All the seeds Maurice (and I) sown over the years really are coming to harvest!!!
That's Isaiah 58 for sure!! And we are still covered by people we don't even know. Someone from Amsterdam, Holland has now
called us three times; Dr John Osborne (cardiologist #1) has called us on his cell phone 3 - 4 times saying he is praying!!
Even DrEscobar said
with tears in his eyes at our discharge, "Man, I think I want you to come see me everyday--especially when I'm having one of those [bad] days!" Our room almost always had someone there who didn't want to leave,
many praying with us! Someone said, "This room is known around the hospital as 'the V.I.P. room'!" We are eternally grateful
for all the prayers that bombarded the Heavens on our behalf. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!
All in all, it was a frightening, but glorious experience!! All glory to God!!!!
Co-Pastor Catherine Collins
New Life Faith Christian Center (Tacoma WA)
Early one morning while in my hospital bed, I woke up with a rapid heart beat (160 beats per minute). The whole right
side of my body was in pain, I felt my lung pumping, my heart beating, I had a massive headache, my throat was sore, and pain
was easing down to my feet. I called my husband, Pastor Collins,
and told him to get here: something was going on and I didn't know what!!!
He got there in fifteen minutes and we began to pray the prayer of faith believing God to touch my body! Codes were
going off, but no doctor to be found!!! I said this scripture: ‘I would have fainted, unless I had believed
to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!’ God touched my body, and every pain left all at once.
No operation on my gall bladder was needed!!!
When I left the hospital I was still weak, not able to walk long distances
and my body was tired. I couldnot stand for long periods of time. I was still not able to drive.
My doctor sent me to a kidney specialist, because the function of my kidneys had gone down
under 50%, but I report today when I went to the doctor yesterday blood tests was back to normal.
[now] the report is: kidneys are back to normal, gall bladder is functioning up to par
and my eye sight is 20/30 with glasses, everything is better than expected according to the doctors. It is on my doctor's
report: GOD IS A MIRACLE WORKING GOD!!! I'M PRAISING HIM RIGHT NOW WILL YOU HELP ME? GIVE HIM SOME GLORY!
GOD~PRAISEGOD~ AND KEEP ME IN YOUR PRAYERS. I have a little
way to go, BUT I'M MUCH BETTER!!! THANKS FOR ALL YOUR PRAYERS... CO-PASTOR CATHERINER.COLLINS