by Pastor Ed Warfield
On April 4, 1997, I was informed that Truman James, a member of our
church, was being transported to the hospital. I arrived at the hospital at 7:30 p.m.
Truman had been placed on a ventilator because his carbon dioxide level was 500 percent
above normal, while his oxygen level was extremely low. (He has struggled with emphysema
for several years.)
While I was speaking with his family, Trumans blood pressure
dropped to zero, and he went into full cardiac arrest. The medical team called for a crash
cart for resuscitation.
About 30 minutes later the attending physician spoke with us in the
chapel. During resuscitation efforts and CPR, Truman had experienced a massive stroke.
Recovery was not expected.
At about 8:30 p.m. he was transferred to the intensive care unit, and
the family had to decide whether to continue life support. After more of the immediate
family arrived, the doctor told us Trumans condition had worsened. There was no
longer a response to needle sticks, nor was there any indication of brain activity.
We began to encourage Trumans wife Karen by saying the doctors
dont have the final wordGod does.
While we were still talking about Gods ability, the doctor
returned to the waiting room. She said, Ill be the first to admit that we
dont always know what were talking about. She had been doing a routine
check on Trumans vital signs when he opened his eyes and looked at her. Then he
responded to questions by blinking his eyes. Within 10 minutes his family was allowed to
see him and he was able to squeeze their hands. After about 30 minutes he was attempting
Following a CAT scan the next morning. I asked the doctor how Truman
was doing. Miraculous, was her response. She further stated the CAT scan did
not even indicate a stroke had taken place.
By Sunday Truman was taken off the ventilator. All heart and blood
pressure medication was discontinued, and he was sitting up in bed wanting something to
Last July 27, Truman shared his testimony in church during the morning
service. Praise God, He really is in control.
Ed Warfield, pastor of Calvary Temple Assembly of God, Chester Ill