On 19 May 2016, my husband Victor was playing tennis with his friends when he felt giddy and later fainted, and went into a seizure. When he woke up, he was unaware of what had happened. He wanted to continue his game but he felt led to rest. He then felt nauseous and started to vomit. His friends wanted to call for an ambulance but he insisted on calling me instead.
When I received the call, I sensed that something wasn’t right. When I was told that my husband had fainted and would like me to pick him home, I thought he might have over–exerted himself. When I reached the tennis court, Victor was sitting up and sweaty. Seeing that he was still feeling nauseous, I decided to take him to the hospital.
On the way to the hospital, I quickly sent a text message to my care group members to request for prayers for my husband. On arrival, Victor was admitted. While waiting for answers from the doctors, I was not able to see Victor and was all alone. Nonetheless, I had God’s peace. I thanked God for my brother Sam and my son who came later. My care group members also readily offered their help and wanted to keep me company in the hospital. More importantly, I thanked God for prayers that were made and declared over Victor during that time.
After four hours, the doctors informed me that they suspect that Victor had a stroke. But this was later ruled out. Victor continued to vomit, and his blood pressure and heart rate dropped. He was taken to the resuscitation room and given oxygen to help regulate his breathing and to raise his blood pressure and heart rate.
Following that, he was moved to the Intensive Care Unit. As Victor did not experience chest pain, the doctors did not suspect that it could be a heart attack until he was sent for further tests.
The next day, one of my care group members, Susan, came and kept me accompany. As we were not allowed to visit Victor, we partook of the Holy Communion in the visitors’ lounge while more tests were done on him.
When I finally saw the doctor, he told us that Victor actually had a heart attack! Tests showed that three of his arteries were 95 per cent blocked. His blood pressure and heartbeat were very low. The doctor also said that his heart was very diseased and that he was very ill. We were allowed to see him for about 30 seconds, and so we quickly applied the anointing oil on his forehead and prayed, “By Jesus’ stripes, you are healed.” When we went back to the visitors’ lounge, Susan and I partook of the Holy Communion again and recited Psalm 23 together. Susan also called our care group leader, Joseph, to update him of Victor’s condition.
I was actually in a daze after receiving the negative report. But Susan suggested that we declare healing scriptures over Victor and so I joined her.
We also rejected the negative reports and declared that Victor’s body is healed because of Jesus’ finished work. We also claimed restoration for his heart.
Subsequently, Joseph joined us at the hospital. He applied anointing oil on Victor’s forehead, prayed over him and together, we partook of the Holy Communion again.
Amazingly, Victor was his usual self — alert and chatty. He told us that before he fainted, he had uttered the name “Jesus”. I believe that Jesus heard him and caused him to wake up after he was unconscious for two minutes. I understand that in most cases, those who collapsed due to a heart attack would go into a coma. It was a miracle that Victor was conscious during the trip to the hospital which took almost an hour!
Victor underwent angioplasty, and two metal stents were inserted into his blocked arteries. Subsequently, he had a balloon catheter and an external pacemaker inserted into his heart. Praise God that after two and a half days in Intensive Care Unit, he was certified well enough to be transferred to the general ward. And after another two and a half days, he was discharged from the hospital. A total of five days — the number of grace! The senior cardiac consultant told Victor that he was fortunate to be given a second lease of life, as most people with his condition do not pull through.
We know it is all because of what we have in Jesus — He redeemed us on the cross and gave us His health. We believe that God gave Victor a new lease of life! We thank Pastor Prince for teaching us to believe in and to speak God’s words, and about the power of the Holy Communion and anointing oil.