On 22 July 2014, my brother visited my 85-year-old mother early in the morning and found that she was not feeling well. She was admitted to the hospital where her condition deteriorated quickly.
At around noon, she was delirious and her blood pressure was dropping. She was then sent to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where she was sedated and intubated. The doctors monitored her closely and were ready to resuscitate her anytime.
After an emergency abdominal scan was done, they discovered that gall stones were blocking her bile duct, resulting in infection and septicaemia (toxins in the blood). Both her kidneys had shut down and she was not responding to the strong antibiotics.
We were told that she had to undergo an emergency procedure to clear the blockage. But this procedure could only be performed in another hospital with the right equipment and expertise. However, there was no available beds in that hospital’s ICU. We had to wait and time was definitely not on our side as my mum’s condition was getting worse. We were told to prepare for the worst.
But in less than five minutes, the doctor came in with news that the hospital just had an empty bed. Immediately, we knew that God had helped us while we were at a loss what to do next.
My mum was then transferred to the second hospital. That night, we were told by doctors that they could not proceed with the procedure because my mum’s blood could not clot and she may bleed to death. In the meantime, they transfused blood plasma and platelets into my mum, and continued to give her medications to improve her blood pressure.
The next morning, the specialists proceeded with the procedure in spite of her very ill condition as they needed to treat the source of the problem. We were informed twice that it would be a very challenging procedure. I believed God provided a way, and thankfully, the procedure was successful.
But two hours later, my mum’s condition suddenly took a turn for the worst. We were told to gather all our family members to see her for the last time as she might not be able to pull through.
The whole family was devastated. We called up the church office and Pastor Soo Teck from the Chinese Ministry came in the evening to pray for her. Just before he ended his prayer, my mum suddenly moved her right hand strongly and we were so astonished, happy and energised with hope!
From then on, my mum showed good signs of recovery. Seeing that her condition had stabilised, the doctors started her on a kidney dialysis that night. However, God had a better plan! In just a couple of hours, her kidneys which had shut down, started to function again. The team of ICU doctors were amazed and even told me to continue praying to my God. They also reduced the number of drugs administered for my mum’s heart and blood pressure.
We flooded my mum’s ward with Mandarin and Hokkien Christian songs, and prayed aloud every day so that she could hear us.
On 25 July, my mum was able to nod her head to let us know that she liked listening to the songs and hearing us pray. The next day, she could sit up on a chair, and that afternoon, the doctor removed her endotracheal breathing tube and she was given oxygen via a nasal prong. She was able to open her eyes and obey simple instructions.
A few days later, she was moved to a general ward and the doctors were planning for her to be discharged. However, a couple of weeks later, my mum became very stubborn and didn’t want to carry out her rehabilitation exercises.
On 14 August evening, we were told by doctors that my mum had pneumonia in her right lung and the doctors administered very strong antibiotics. The next morning, the doctor informed us that my mum was not doing well and she couldn’t breathe. They asked to meet the family members. We rushed to the hospital and was again told to prepare for the worst.
Doctors said that her infection was affecting her breathing and was causing her to slip into unconsciousness. This time, her chance of surviving was even lower.
We could not do anything except to pray, and we got Pastor Soo Teck to come and pray with us in the ward. My mum nodded her head in agreement when pastor asked if he could pray for her. We had a wonderful time of prayer and worship in Hokkien. Our hearts were so full of peace during the whole session.
The next day, the nurse told us that my mum was more awake and was able to get out of bed with the help of the nurse to sit on the chair. She was also able to take a sip of coffee.
Daddy God is indeed merciful and faithful. When our faith was low, He showed up. My mum was discharged on 30 August 2014 and the gall stones in her body were completely removed.
My family and I are so touched to experience our heavenly Father’s awesome goodness. We want to appreciate New Creation Church and Pastor Soo Teck for visiting and praying with us. Thank you Pastor Prince for your teachings on grace and Psalm 91 — which was very timely for our family. And of course, the biggest thanks and glory go to our Lord Jesus Christ!