“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalms 139:13 NLT
In May 1967 my husband was born emergency c-section to a young mother of 19 and a army-drafted father of 20. With fresh news of her husband’s unit being “activated” for Vietnam, Debby finally went into labor… ONE MONTH overdue!
Something however, was terrible wrong! Her baby was whisked away and prepped for surgery at one hour old. David had an (EA) Esophageal atresia. The upper part of his esophagus was not connected with his lower esophagus and stomach.
He also had the rare 1% deformity of a (TEF) Tracheoesophageal fistula an abnormal connection between the upper part of the esophagus to the trachea (windpipe). He could not be fed.
Such surgery to correct was brand new in the US. So new infact, that the acting physician on call at St Dominic’s Hospital… had just witnessed the 1st successful surgery of its kind in California. He then performed the 2nd!
As God would have it, the added month David spent in the womb saved his life. Unlike laser surgeries of today, this procedure involved full-body incisions and many tiny stitches. The hours his small lungs were exposed during surgery, left him susceptible to pneumonia for years.
He also endured repeated dilitation (painful stretching of his throat) and was in the hospital often. But as so little information was available regarding his overall condition, his parents simply treated him as any other normal healthy child. Even today, he says he never “felt sickly.” 🙂
Always amazing to look back and search for the Hand of God!
When no one knew… God had already prepared a surgeon. When things looked bleak… every church in Jackson, MS prayed. When hospital bills were overwhelming… the military payed. And when life was just too much… deployment was called off!
God had that! And God’s got this!
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