When long term Hope Harbor Church member Owen Moore headed out on an ambulance call October 29th he was shocked and surprised to find his 27 year old daughter-in-law Amanda collapsed at work and in cardiac arrest. Amanda was resuscitated and taken to Murray-Calloway County Hospital and later life flighted to Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. After evaluating her grim situation, the doctors determined that Amanda was suffering from an enlarged heart that on rare occasions manifests at the end of a pregnancy or up to five months after delivery. In a coma dealing with kidney failure and a heart with only 10% injection fraction (the amount of blood expelled from the heart muscle when contracting), the prognosis in the natural was not looking good. According to Owen, less than 1% of patients resuscitated outside of the hospital survive cardiac arrest.
Thank God we are not bound to the natural in situations like this. God’s people began to pray all over the country. The family even got word that someone placed a prayer for her at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. The turn around in Amanda’s situation is so amazing that personnel from the hospital have been popping into her room wanting to see “the miracle girl.” Today Amanda’s kidney function is normal and her percentage of blood expelled from the heart chamber is now at 50% (55% is considered normal). She is now in rehabilitation and has some hurdles to overcome but God’s mercy in her life is obvious.
I want to encourage you to believe God as well when you or someone you love is facing a health crisis. Remember the powerful words of the Psalmist: “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases” (Psalm 103:2-3, NIV). We serve an amazing God who is still doing miracles today. Just ask the Moore family! I also want to encourage you to continue to pray for Amanda’s complete recovery and restoration. For more information about Amanda, please visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/amandamoore.