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October 1, 2017
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Living by Faith with Mike & DeeDee Freeman

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  • - Hey, I wanted to take this opportunity,
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  • DeeDee and I both, actually, because
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  • we were both involved in just a recent attack
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  • on my health,
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  • and I tell you, it's one of the greatest attacks
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  • that we have ever encountered before.
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  • Satan literally tried to take my life,
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  • but praise be unto our God,
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  • who causes us to triumph always.
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  • The Word of God is so good.
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  • The purpose of my sharing with you today,
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  • is just to thank you for all of the prayers,
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  • all of the concerns, and even with the letters,
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  • the well wishes.
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  • Even pastors, all across the country,
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  • and we are so grateful to God.
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  • It showed us a lot about the unity in the body of Christ,
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  • but I wanted to personally say thank you
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  • to all of the partners for remaining faithful with us,
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  • for standing with us,
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  • and for your continual support.
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  • We love you in Jesus's name.
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  • - Amen. (soft music)
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  • - [Narrator] On Sunday, August 24th,
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  • Pastor Mike Freeman and his entire family
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  • were scheduled to take a much needed vacation to Florida.
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  • Little did they know,
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  • his health wouldn't allow things to go as planned.
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  • - So it all started on a Monday.
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  • We heard he wasn't feeling well.
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  • So we went over there to play at his house with the girls,
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  • and that's when I found out he wasn't feeling well.
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  • And I went and gave him some medicine for him to take,
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  • some over-the-counter.
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  • He had a fever, I checked his temperature and everything.
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  • I just made sure he was good before I left
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  • because I'm thinking, it's your average cold.
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  • You're not feeling well.
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  • On Tuesday, I didn't talk to him, but on Wednesday,
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  • when I was on my way into work,
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  • I was sitting in the parking lot, I didn't get out yet,
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  • and my mom texted me and was like, Hey,
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  • Daddy's still not feeling well.
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  • - I was in Vegas with Brelyn for some things
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  • that she had to take care of.
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  • And I called home on August 20th, and I was talking to Mike
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  • and he didn't sound good.
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  • He had told me earlier that he wasn't feeling well.
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  • And so I kept calling on him, and then when I finally
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  • called this last time,
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  • he sounded really weak in the voice,
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  • and I asked him was it okay for me to send the kids over
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  • to take him to the hospital and have him checked.
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  • And he asked me, Okay, yes, when are they coming?
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  • And when he said that to me, I knew there was a problem.
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  • I knew something was wrong, I knew things weren't good.
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  • - So before she could even ask me to go get him,
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  • I was already on my way.
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  • - He is the type of guy,
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  • he doesn't like going to the doctors, he don't like it.
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  • He's a self-medicator, you know, if you will.
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  • He is not gonna go unless he knows
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  • it's something extremely wrong.
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  • And when he said, Okay, when are they coming,
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  • it was a red flag.
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  • It was like, Okay, let me get him out of that house
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  • as soon as possible.
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  • - She texted me and said, He may need to go
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  • to an Urgent Care.
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  • So I get to the house, and I'm talking to him
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  • because he's in his room.
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  • And I say, Dad,
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  • what's up, are you okay?
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  • - He's like, yeah, I'm just trying to get dressed.
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  • I'm sitting on the step.
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  • I'm like, what?
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  • He's sitting on the step?
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  • But I'm talking to him through the door.
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  • So I give him maybe about another 30 minutes.
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  • I come back, "Okay Dad, are you dressed?"
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  • So I say, Maybe he fell back to sleep.
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  • So I give him maybe another 10 minutes.
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  • I go in there, and I'm like, Dad, hey?
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  • And he's like, Oh Lord, I done got back in the bed,
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  • you know, I went to sleep.
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  • I said, Okay, well you need to get up, get dressed,
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  • we need to go.
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  • And he's like, Okay, alright.
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  • So I leave out, another 45 minutes go pass
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  • and I still don't see him.
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  • I tell him, Okay, I'm coming in.
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  • And he's like, "Uh, wait..."
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  • So I go in, he's sitting on the bed just out of it.
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  • He just looks so...
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  • He didn't look bad, but his whole...
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  • He couldn't breathe and he wasn't talking right.
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  • I thought he was having a stroke.
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  • I'm asking him if he could do things,
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  • and seeing if he could put a sentence together,
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  • if he could lift his arms up, stuff like that.
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  • I realized, it was no getting him,
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  • he wasn't going to be able to get up on his own.
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  • So I got him dressed, I called Kevin and I was like,
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  • I need you to come help me get him out of here now,
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  • cause I can't lift him.
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  • - She had sent me a text and said to come right away.
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  • And so I knew he wasn't feeling well.
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  • I don't think she told me why initially,
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  • but just come quick, and I said okay, Done.
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  • So I hurried up, drive around the corner to the house,
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  • and I wait in the kitchen for her to come back in
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  • and she's telling me what has been happening.
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  • And so I wait for a while, while she communicates with him,
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  • helps get him dressed and things of that sort
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  • until she called me back eventually to
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  • pretty much help walk him out.
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  • - He kept saying, No, Kevin, I don't want Kevin.
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  • And I said, I don't care what you want.
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  • I can't lift you by myself (chuckle).
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  • - And I'm like, Hey, I'm not trying to come in either, man,
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  • but look, you gotta go.
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  • - He was standing back, and he fussing
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  • and my dad fussing saying...
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  • - I called him at one point, - I don't want him,
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  • - And he didn't answer.
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  • - He not answering me, I'm like, I don't care.
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  • I don't care what he wants, what you want,
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  • get in there and help me.
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  • So we lifted him up off the bed,
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  • and he walked with us.
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  • A lot of his weight was on me
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  • because Kevin was holding him like this.
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  • - I was holding his arm
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  • and then I realized she actually had his arm
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  • draped over her shoulder.
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  • - Yeah, and my knees were bent.
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  • - So we got to the steps and that's when we changed it up.
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  • - Right and then we - It was short walk
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  • but it seemed like a long walk.
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  • - Yeah, I know.
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  • - [Kevin] Because it was so very slow.
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  • - And we took him to the Urgent Care first.
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  • That's the first place we went.
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  • And we ran into--my dad is very private.
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  • He's does not...
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  • He's very open, but he's very private
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  • when it comes to certain things
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  • because he don't want people to treat him like he's sick.
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  • Which you know, that's totally understandable
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  • because I don't like that.
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  • A member comes, and she was like,
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  • (gasp) Oh my God, Pastor Mike!
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  • And I'm like, okay, no.
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  • He's okay, but we do need, whatever.
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  • And she was like, Okay.
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  • So she came, grabbed him, and she took him to the back,
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  • and she pretty much handled things.
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  • She was the bomb with getting people where they needed to be
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  • and making sure he was seen quickly.
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  • She moved so quick, it ended up really helping us
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  • when she came out of, "Oh my God, Pastor Mike" (chuckle).
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  • - I'm currently a partner at SOFCC.
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  • I've been a partner for six years.
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  • I look over at the registration desk,
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  • and there's Pastor Mike.
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  • His breathing is labored and he's hunched over.
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  • So I run and get one of the physicians
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  • and we come back up to assess Pastor Mike.
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  • We put him in a wheelchair
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  • and rushed him to one of the rooms.
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  • At this time, he's disoriented, lethargic.
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  • The doctor looked at me and said,
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  • Let's take him to get a chest X-ray,
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  • but as he listened to his lung sounds,
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  • they were bad.
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  • So we take his oxygen level,
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  • and his oxygen level was at 22.
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  • The normal oxygen level has to be 93 or above.
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  • His was at 22, so we put him on 100% oxygen.
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  • We got Pastor Mike's oxygen level up to 70%.
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  • By then, we had called the ambulance to come pick him up,
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  • because if we didn't,
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  • he was knocking on death's door, basically.
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  • In my 10 years of doing this, I've seen death in my life,
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  • and that was looking at Pastor Mike.
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  • - They transported him to a regional hospital,
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  • and when he got to the regional hospital,
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  • they began to treat him and put him on oxygen,
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  • a stronger dose of it,
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  • and it raised it up.
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  • And he was on oxygen for like 24 hours.
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  • Nothing was working, they kept trying to change the settings
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  • and trying to get his breathing and everything normal.
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  • I got there probably about 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning.
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  • I could look at him and I could tell,
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  • he just couldn't breathe.
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  • I mean, he was breathing so hard, he was struggling.
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  • And they had the machine up at 100% of oxygen,
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  • and he just was not taking it in.
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  • - We're thinking he was going to be out there
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  • out that night. - That night at the latest.
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  • - Yeah, and this doctor came in, and he was like,
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  • You're sick, if we send you home now, you'll die.
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  • I need you to know you're sick.
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  • - That morning, they came in and they suggested he
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  • agree to being put on a ventilator.
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  • Well, no one wants to get on a ventilator,
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  • so like all day, we were like, Well, we don't know.
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  • He didn't know, he wasn't for sure
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  • that he wanted to get on a ventilator
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  • because he knew he would have to be sedated.
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  • Because you just always see so many horror stories,
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  • just like you're out of it,
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  • and to have something going down your throat
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  • breathing for you,
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  • he felt like he wasn't that bad.
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  • He kept telling me, I'm okay.
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  • Even when I was in Vegas, he sent me a picture
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  • of himself with the breathing mask on,
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  • and he said I'm okay, and I texted him back and said,
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  • I know you are.
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  • Well, I never would have imagined that
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  • that picture would turn into something so drastic.
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  • - They were like, Okay, he's just not getting better.
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  • He's fighting the machine, it's not working.
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  • We really think he needs to be intubated.
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  • - The doctors had already told him and suggested it to him,
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  • but he just didn't want to do it.
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  • And so after he began to get oxygen hungry,
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  • is what they called it,
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  • he just couldn't get his breaths.
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  • He couldn't breathe really good.
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  • He agreed to do it.
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  • And we talked, and we prayed about it and
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  • within maybe two or three hours,
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  • they were rushing him in to surgery to intubate him.
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  • My niece came to the hospital,
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  • which she's a doctor.
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  • She's an emergency room doctor at another hospital
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  • in the area.
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  • - When I first arrived at the regional hospital center,
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  • Pastor Mike was connected to a breathing apparatus
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  • that actually forced air into his lungs
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  • because his capacity to intake air on its own
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  • was compromised; therefore, we had to use the machine
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  • to force air into his lungs.
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  • His oxygen levels were very low on room air,
  • 00:11:20.220 --> 00:11:24.080
  • critically low on room air,
  • 00:11:24.080 --> 00:11:25.250
  • and on this breathing apparatus, it was average at best.
  • 00:11:25.250 --> 00:11:30.000
  • But he was awake, he was alert,
  • 00:11:30.000 --> 00:11:32.060
  • and he was very much with it, talking to all of us,
  • 00:11:32.060 --> 00:11:35.230
  • and for him to...
  • 00:11:35.230 --> 00:11:37.060
  • Him speaking to us, he did not seem as sick as
  • 00:11:39.250 --> 00:11:42.170
  • his labs and his vitals would suggest.
  • 00:11:42.170 --> 00:11:45.220
  • - I've never seen my man of God
  • 00:11:47.060 --> 00:11:49.230
  • in a weak state like that.
  • 00:11:50.250 --> 00:11:52.250
  • As I stated before,
  • 00:11:52.250 --> 00:11:54.030
  • technically, by numbers, he should be dead.
  • 00:11:54.030 --> 00:11:57.200
  • Because of his oxygen level.
  • 00:11:59.070 --> 00:12:01.170
  • - When I first saw him at the emergency room,
  • 00:12:02.230 --> 00:12:04.110
  • I thought he would maybe be hospitalized one or two days.
  • 00:12:04.110 --> 00:12:08.200
  • And he'd be home, it was pneumonia.
  • 00:12:08.200 --> 00:12:10.160
  • I saw the X-ray, the initial X-ray showed
  • 00:12:10.160 --> 00:12:13.020
  • he had infiltrates in both his lungs.
  • 00:12:13.020 --> 00:12:16.050
  • His lungs showed that he had something there,
  • 00:12:16.050 --> 00:12:18.200
  • but we didn't know if it was pneumonia
  • 00:12:18.200 --> 00:12:20.260
  • or more of a CHF picture.
  • 00:12:20.260 --> 00:12:22.250
  • The new oncoming ICU attending pulled me aside
  • 00:12:22.250 --> 00:12:26.200
  • and said you need to prepare your family for the worst.
  • 00:12:28.030 --> 00:12:31.210
  • He showed me the newest, latest chest X-ray,
  • 00:12:33.040 --> 00:12:37.160
  • and it was really bad.
  • 00:12:37.160 --> 00:12:39.110
  • His lungs were whited out, he had no air spaces at all.
  • 00:12:40.240 --> 00:12:45.050
  • It looked like a white picture.
  • 00:12:45.050 --> 00:12:47.100
  • At that point, I gasped.
  • 00:12:47.100 --> 00:12:49.100
  • I think that was the first time for me that
  • 00:12:52.060 --> 00:12:55.240
  • I had to really stand on my faith,
  • 00:12:57.000 --> 00:12:58.280
  • and I really had to start believing
  • 00:12:58.280 --> 00:13:01.260
  • on my faith that we are healed and no weapon
  • 00:13:03.180 --> 00:13:07.270
  • formed against us shall prosper.
  • 00:13:07.270 --> 00:13:10.030
  • But he pulled me aside and he said, Prepare your family.
  • 00:13:10.030 --> 00:13:14.110
  • You're a medical professional.
  • 00:13:14.110 --> 00:13:16.090
  • You know where this goes, you know the outcome
  • 00:13:16.090 --> 00:13:19.020
  • of this type of picture.
  • 00:13:19.020 --> 00:13:21.180
  • We went over the numbers.
  • 00:13:21.180 --> 00:13:23.050
  • We went in and looked at Pastor Mike.
  • 00:13:23.050 --> 00:13:26.070
  • He was getting tired.
  • 00:13:27.110 --> 00:13:28.240
  • He still wasn't admitting it, but I saw,
  • 00:13:28.240 --> 00:13:30.170
  • he was getting tired.
  • 00:13:30.170 --> 00:13:31.250
  • And he said, Prepare them.
  • 00:13:31.250 --> 00:13:34.000
  • Don't give them false hope.
  • 00:13:35.230 --> 00:13:37.120
  • Like I said, I couldn't speak for five minutes
  • 00:13:37.120 --> 00:13:39.120
  • after he told me, and I definitely didn't want
  • 00:13:39.120 --> 00:13:40.280
  • to go back in the room
  • 00:13:40.280 --> 00:13:42.070
  • where Pastor DeeDee and Brittney were sitting.
  • 00:13:42.070 --> 00:13:46.060
  • What do you say, you know?
  • 00:13:46.060 --> 00:13:48.110
  • Because on one hand, we were standing on faith
  • 00:13:50.180 --> 00:13:54.110
  • that he's healed.
  • 00:13:54.110 --> 00:13:55.180
  • I did not want to take a negative report.
  • 00:13:55.180 --> 00:13:57.160
  • I refused to take a negative report back to them.
  • 00:13:57.160 --> 00:14:00.190
  • However, I had to be realistic.
  • 00:14:00.190 --> 00:14:03.120
  • And they brought me there for that.
  • 00:14:03.120 --> 00:14:05.250
  • They brought me there for my medical knowledge.
  • 00:14:05.250 --> 00:14:08.200
  • So that's what my purpose was to be there.
  • 00:14:08.200 --> 00:14:12.050
  • However, it was hard to say,
  • 00:14:13.010 --> 00:14:15.200
  • they're saying that he's gonna die,
  • 00:14:15.200 --> 00:14:19.020
  • and you need to prepare him to die,
  • 00:14:19.020 --> 00:14:21.250
  • and at the same time say, but we know he's gonna live,
  • 00:14:21.250 --> 00:14:24.150
  • although that's how I felt.
  • 00:14:24.150 --> 00:14:26.170
  • And that's what I knew, but it was hard.
  • 00:14:26.170 --> 00:14:29.170
  • At that point, personally, that's when I had to
  • 00:14:29.170 --> 00:14:32.090
  • recreate an outcome from this X-ray
  • 00:14:32.090 --> 00:14:35.210
  • that I have never seen someone come back from.
  • 00:14:35.210 --> 00:14:38.230
  • That's when I had to really stand on faith,
  • 00:14:38.230 --> 00:14:42.220
  • and that's when it became real real for me.
  • 00:14:42.220 --> 00:14:46.270
  • When I went back in to speak with my family,
  • 00:14:46.270 --> 00:14:50.170
  • I did tell them what I saw.
  • 00:14:52.210 --> 00:14:54.280
  • I told them that I saw X-rays that were very grave,
  • 00:14:56.150 --> 00:15:00.210
  • that it was serious.
  • 00:15:02.010 --> 00:15:03.210
  • It was gonna be a bit of a longer fight
  • 00:15:05.170 --> 00:15:08.240
  • than I thought, initially.
  • 00:15:08.240 --> 00:15:11.090
  • As soon as I saw the X-ray and I could talk,
  • 00:15:11.090 --> 00:15:13.070
  • I said, He needs to be transferred, now.
  • 00:15:13.070 --> 00:15:15.150
  • We want him out of the hospital.
  • 00:15:15.150 --> 00:15:17.210
  • And the actual attending tried to persuade me,
  • 00:15:17.210 --> 00:15:21.160
  • Well, let me get him stabilized first.
  • 00:15:23.080 --> 00:15:26.190
  • We'll give him 24 hours on this type of ventilation and then
  • 00:15:26.190 --> 00:15:30.250
  • and I said, we both know there is no 24 hours.
  • 00:15:30.250 --> 00:15:35.040
  • It only goes downhill from here.
  • 00:15:35.040 --> 00:15:36.250
  • This is the best he'll ever be right now.
  • 00:15:36.250 --> 00:15:39.150
  • And then this is the worst thing I've seen,
  • 00:15:39.150 --> 00:15:41.170
  • but that's the best he will be,
  • 00:15:41.170 --> 00:15:43.110
  • and I told them, thank you.
  • 00:15:43.110 --> 00:15:45.050
  • We're very appreciate for everything he'd done
  • 00:15:45.050 --> 00:15:48.050
  • for my uncle
  • 00:15:48.050 --> 00:15:49.050
  • but their resources were tapped out,
  • 00:15:50.120 --> 00:15:53.080
  • and we needed to go to a facility
  • 00:15:53.080 --> 00:15:55.090
  • that could actually save his life.
  • 00:15:55.090 --> 00:15:57.030
  • - We called another lady
  • 00:15:57.030 --> 00:15:58.240
  • that's a member of our church, Dr. Smith.
  • 00:15:58.240 --> 00:16:01.130
  • And I mean, within minutes,
  • 00:16:01.130 --> 00:16:03.210
  • she took it and she just worked the whole thing out.
  • 00:16:05.080 --> 00:16:08.040
  • She called the other hospital,
  • 00:16:08.040 --> 00:16:09.230
  • she rounded up some doctors and talked to some people there,
  • 00:16:09.230 --> 00:16:13.280
  • and I know within an hour, they had told me
  • 00:16:15.170 --> 00:16:19.060
  • they were gonna send the Medevac to pick him up
  • 00:16:19.060 --> 00:16:23.090
  • to transport him to a larger hospital area.
  • 00:16:23.090 --> 00:16:26.260
  • - I actually told Pastor DeeDee,
  • 00:16:28.070 --> 00:16:29.170
  • they will get in the car, they'll drive,
  • 00:16:29.170 --> 00:16:31.150
  • and meet him at the hospital, but I would get there
  • 00:16:31.150 --> 00:16:34.140
  • before he would arrive so that we would be there
  • 00:16:34.140 --> 00:16:36.200
  • when he was transported.
  • 00:16:36.200 --> 00:16:38.010
  • So my daughter and I and my husband,
  • 00:16:38.010 --> 00:16:40.020
  • we arrived at the hospital to
  • 00:16:40.020 --> 00:16:43.040
  • greet him and the team, as far as when he landed.
  • 00:16:43.040 --> 00:16:46.260
  • When came to the ICU, and at that point in time,
  • 00:16:46.260 --> 00:16:50.240
  • he was intubated with them on the machine breathing for him.
  • 00:16:50.240 --> 00:16:54.090
  • He was sedated,
  • 00:16:54.090 --> 00:16:55.150
  • and even my daughter was in the room,
  • 00:16:55.150 --> 00:16:58.090
  • and she looked at me and said, Mom, that's not Pastor Mike.
  • 00:16:58.090 --> 00:17:00.270
  • He looks real bad.
  • 00:17:00.270 --> 00:17:02.200
  • So even she thought he looked very sick.
  • 00:17:02.200 --> 00:17:05.210
  • - The whole time, I was trusting God, I believed God.
  • 00:17:05.210 --> 00:17:08.250
  • I never panicked, never worried,
  • 00:17:08.250 --> 00:17:11.150
  • never doubted for one second that he was gonna die or
  • 00:17:11.150 --> 00:17:15.000
  • I wasn't scared, there was no fear at all.
  • 00:17:15.000 --> 00:17:18.210
  • But I knew things were really bad.
  • 00:17:18.210 --> 00:17:21.120
  • So I left, I wasn't even there at the hospital
  • 00:17:21.120 --> 00:17:25.150
  • when he was Medevaced to the other hospital.
  • 00:17:25.150 --> 00:17:29.000
  • I had to go and speak at my daughter's store.
  • 00:17:29.000 --> 00:17:31.270
  • She was having a function in her store, so I went there.
  • 00:17:31.270 --> 00:17:35.180
  • It was a group of ladies, it was called Girls Night Out.
  • 00:17:35.180 --> 00:17:38.080
  • So I went there, and I ministered to them for
  • 00:17:38.080 --> 00:17:41.090
  • about two hours, and then I drove up to the hospital
  • 00:17:41.090 --> 00:17:46.040
  • to see him, and when I got there,
  • 00:17:46.040 --> 00:17:49.160
  • they had him in this,
  • 00:17:49.160 --> 00:17:51.090
  • contraption, if you will (chuckle), I have no idea.
  • 00:17:54.040 --> 00:17:56.080
  • It was like a sandwich.
  • 00:17:56.080 --> 00:17:57.250
  • They had him so closed up where the only thing I could see
  • 00:17:57.250 --> 00:18:02.040
  • or identify was...
  • 00:18:02.040 --> 00:18:03.190
  • Was his shoulders.
  • 00:18:07.210 --> 00:18:09.150
  • It was like you couldn't even see his face,
  • 00:18:09.150 --> 00:18:12.240
  • and they had him upside down because they were saying that
  • 00:18:12.240 --> 00:18:16.040
  • if they could get his lungs off of his chest,
  • 00:18:16.040 --> 00:18:19.190
  • and shake him and move him around.
  • 00:18:19.190 --> 00:18:22.090
  • - They put him in what we call a Pronator bed.
  • 00:18:22.090 --> 00:18:25.100
  • And with the Pronator bed, it's a sandwich,
  • 00:18:25.100 --> 00:18:28.040
  • that covers the patient top to bottom,
  • 00:18:28.040 --> 00:18:31.120
  • and all we could see was one arm,
  • 00:18:31.120 --> 00:18:34.100
  • and the tube sticking out of his mouth.
  • 00:18:34.100 --> 00:18:36.000
  • You don't even see the rest of the body nor the face.
  • 00:18:36.000 --> 00:18:37.290
  • He is just closed up into this device.
  • 00:18:37.290 --> 00:18:40.210
  • And what the device does is it then flips him over.
  • 00:18:40.210 --> 00:18:43.170
  • So now, he's basically on his stomach,
  • 00:18:43.170 --> 00:18:45.240
  • within this machine, hoping to open the lungs
  • 00:18:45.240 --> 00:18:48.160
  • up a lot better, if they're not laying against the back,
  • 00:18:48.160 --> 00:18:51.070
  • but they're actually kind of suspending
  • 00:18:51.070 --> 00:18:53.190
  • toward the chest area.
  • 00:18:53.190 --> 00:18:55.140
  • - It's also one of the last kind of strategies and tools
  • 00:18:56.280 --> 00:19:00.160
  • that we tried to employ to recruit healthy lung tissue.
  • 00:19:02.050 --> 00:19:05.230
  • - As they did that, he seemed to have gotten
  • 00:19:05.230 --> 00:19:08.280
  • a little bit better.
  • 00:19:08.280 --> 00:19:10.060
  • They also instituted a little rock in it,
  • 00:19:10.060 --> 00:19:12.130
  • so they could keep the lungs moving a little bit,
  • 00:19:12.130 --> 00:19:15.030
  • and not allow the fluid and the swelling and the infection
  • 00:19:15.030 --> 00:19:18.270
  • that was going on within his lungs to set on one spot.
  • 00:19:18.270 --> 00:19:22.090
  • He did tolerate that actually fairly well,
  • 00:19:22.090 --> 00:19:25.210
  • and his numbers were actually improving for
  • 00:19:25.210 --> 00:19:29.020
  • maybe four hours, and then around 4 a.m.,
  • 00:19:29.020 --> 00:19:32.150
  • his numbers just dropped completely into abnormal numbers.
  • 00:19:34.140 --> 00:19:38.190
  • They took him out of the Pronator bed,
  • 00:19:40.030 --> 00:19:43.010
  • they tried to manipulate the machines even more,
  • 00:19:43.010 --> 00:19:46.050
  • and they could not get anything any better.
  • 00:19:46.050 --> 00:19:48.190
  • If anything, he was actually getting worse.
  • 00:19:48.190 --> 00:19:50.160
  • - Matter of fact, he was just very swollen,
  • 00:19:50.160 --> 00:19:53.080
  • and he just...
  • 00:19:53.080 --> 00:19:54.290
  • He looked bad.
  • 00:19:54.290 --> 00:19:56.030
  • - That wasn't working.
  • 00:19:56.030 --> 00:19:57.210
  • (exhaled) Things began to get worse.
  • 00:19:57.210 --> 00:20:00.000
  • His numbers were dropping, his stats were dropping,
  • 00:20:00.000 --> 00:20:03.030
  • his pressure, everything was going up.
  • 00:20:03.030 --> 00:20:06.010
  • Everything was just not working.
  • 00:20:06.010 --> 00:20:08.250
  • So immediately, they took him out of there,
  • 00:20:08.250 --> 00:20:11.120
  • and they said, okay,
  • 00:20:11.120 --> 00:20:12.260
  • we're gonna have to hook him up to this ECMO machine.
  • 00:20:12.260 --> 00:20:16.190
  • They said, this is like a last-ditch effort.
  • 00:20:16.190 --> 00:20:20.290
  • - An ECMO is short for Extracorporeal
  • 00:20:20.290 --> 00:20:24.090
  • Membrane Oxygenation.
  • 00:20:24.090 --> 00:20:26.170
  • And in a nutshell, what it is,
  • 00:20:26.170 --> 00:20:29.150
  • it is an artificial way of oxygenating blood
  • 00:20:29.150 --> 00:20:32.180
  • outside of the body.
  • 00:20:32.180 --> 00:20:34.020
  • How that is done
  • 00:20:34.020 --> 00:20:35.170
  • is it actually takes blood from the right side of the heart,
  • 00:20:35.170 --> 00:20:39.110
  • which is the de-oxygenated blood.
  • 00:20:41.010 --> 00:20:43.100
  • It takes it outside of the right side of the heart,
  • 00:20:43.100 --> 00:20:45.280
  • runs it through a pump.
  • 00:20:45.280 --> 00:20:48.040
  • The pump acts basically as the heart.
  • 00:20:48.040 --> 00:20:51.090
  • So it goes through a warming system.
  • 00:20:51.090 --> 00:20:53.160
  • Then it goes through, there's something called a valve
  • 00:20:53.160 --> 00:20:57.210
  • that detects if there is any microbubbles in it,
  • 00:20:58.280 --> 00:21:02.260
  • which can be very dangerous.
  • 00:21:02.260 --> 00:21:04.110
  • And then it goes through a system called an oxygenator,
  • 00:21:04.110 --> 00:21:08.120
  • where oxygen is added,
  • 00:21:08.120 --> 00:21:10.140
  • and a little carbon dioxide is also added to it,
  • 00:21:10.140 --> 00:21:13.280
  • to sort of keep a balance,
  • 00:21:13.280 --> 00:21:15.280
  • and then that goes through a pump,
  • 00:21:15.280 --> 00:21:18.210
  • and the pump takes it back to the left side of the heart.
  • 00:21:18.210 --> 00:21:21.250
  • At this point it is well oxygenated,
  • 00:21:21.250 --> 00:21:25.060
  • and then the heart will pump it to the rest of the body.
  • 00:21:25.060 --> 00:21:29.280
  • - It's more like a bypass for his lungs.
  • 00:21:29.280 --> 00:21:32.200
  • So you're bypassing the function of his lungs.
  • 00:21:32.200 --> 00:21:34.240
  • His lungs, basically at that point and time, had died.
  • 00:21:34.240 --> 00:21:37.190
  • His lungs were not functioning whatsoever,
  • 00:21:37.190 --> 00:21:40.040
  • and the only thing to recover those lungs
  • 00:21:40.040 --> 00:21:42.110
  • at that point in time, was let them rest.
  • 00:21:42.110 --> 00:21:44.220
  • - If ECMO doesn't work, nothing would work.
  • 00:21:44.220 --> 00:21:48.100
  • Well, because my niece had already told us
  • 00:21:51.010 --> 00:21:53.060
  • that he needed to go to a place for ECMO,
  • 00:21:53.060 --> 00:21:55.290
  • we believe God that this is it,
  • 00:21:55.290 --> 00:21:59.000
  • so let's not hesitate.
  • 00:21:59.000 --> 00:22:01.020
  • The doctors came in the room to talk to Brittney and I,
  • 00:22:01.020 --> 00:22:04.000
  • and we prayed with the doctor.
  • 00:22:04.000 --> 00:22:07.000
  • We prayed that the wisdom of God would be released
  • 00:22:07.000 --> 00:22:10.170
  • in his life, and that God would give him
  • 00:22:10.170 --> 00:22:13.220
  • exactly what he needed to do to treat Mike.
  • 00:22:13.220 --> 00:22:17.090
  • And we said, Okay, so we agreed to the ECMO.
  • 00:22:17.090 --> 00:22:19.160
  • We signed the papers, or what have you.
  • 00:22:19.160 --> 00:22:21.220
  • And that night, maybe within a couple of hours,
  • 00:22:21.220 --> 00:22:25.200
  • he was in surgery, they put him in surgery,
  • 00:22:25.200 --> 00:22:28.010
  • and they hooked him up to the ECMO machine.
  • 00:22:28.010 --> 00:22:30.100
  • - I was so detached from
  • 00:22:30.100 --> 00:22:32.060
  • what he looked like, because I was so set on.
  • 00:22:32.060 --> 00:22:36.180
  • - [Kevin] You were more looking at it
  • 00:22:36.180 --> 00:22:38.160
  • on the backside. - Yeah, the end.
  • 00:22:38.160 --> 00:22:39.230
  • Right, I was so set on the end and
  • 00:22:39.230 --> 00:22:41.000
  • I don't think the doctors even thought
  • 00:22:41.000 --> 00:22:43.080
  • I knew how serious it was.
  • 00:22:43.080 --> 00:22:45.170
  • The doctors knew I knew all the information
  • 00:22:45.170 --> 00:22:47.260
  • because I was the only one talking to them,
  • 00:22:47.260 --> 00:22:50.130
  • getting everything,
  • 00:22:50.130 --> 00:22:52.040
  • and Dr. Sophia would call us.
  • 00:22:52.040 --> 00:22:54.090
  • Well, as far as all of the information, I had it.
  • 00:22:54.090 --> 00:22:57.180
  • I knew exactly what was going on.
  • 00:22:57.180 --> 00:22:59.240
  • I knew exactly what it look like, and I knew the severity
  • 00:22:59.240 --> 00:23:03.010
  • but I was telling my mom, I could care less
  • 00:23:03.010 --> 00:23:06.280
  • how serious this is, we already know the end.
  • 00:23:06.280 --> 00:23:11.110
  • So this process don't have to be stressful.
  • 00:23:11.110 --> 00:23:14.290
  • We can enjoy each other, let him get his rest,
  • 00:23:16.060 --> 00:23:17.270
  • whatever have you.
  • 00:23:17.270 --> 00:23:19.120
  • And she just kinda looked at me, and she was like,
  • 00:23:19.120 --> 00:23:21.070
  • We got this.
  • 00:23:21.070 --> 00:23:22.070
  • And I was like, We got this.
  • 00:23:23.070 --> 00:23:24.260
  • - It is not indicated
  • 00:23:24.260 --> 00:23:26.090
  • as a bridge,
  • 00:23:26.090 --> 00:23:27.090
  • as a regular therapy
  • 00:23:31.240 --> 00:23:34.050
  • for everyday cases like pneumonia or sepsis.
  • 00:23:34.050 --> 00:23:36.080
  • It is usually when conventional therapies have failed,
  • 00:23:36.080 --> 00:23:40.150
  • and the patient will not live,
  • 00:23:40.150 --> 00:23:42.240
  • most likely will not live, then ECMO is instituted.
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  • - It's newer for adults.
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  • It had only really positive results in children.
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  • Infants, children.
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  • But with the newer technology,
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  • they really fine-tuned it so that
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  • they could put adults on the machine.
  • 00:24:01.230 --> 00:24:04.160
  • - Because it comes with inherent adverse effects, also.
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  • So it's not something--plus, you lose a blood vessel.
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  • So it's not something you really would want to do
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  • just off the cuff.
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  • It has to be really the last resort.
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  • I believe in the future when the technology is perfected
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  • and the machines become real smaller,
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  • and safer, I think it would be used on a regular basis.
  • 00:24:25.270 --> 00:24:30.260
  • - So he was in there for a while
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  • and things were going really well.
  • 00:24:33.090 --> 00:24:35.040
  • I remember one time they came and they said, Okay,
  • 00:24:35.040 --> 00:24:39.060
  • his oxygen level was good,
  • 00:24:39.060 --> 00:24:41.010
  • but his carbon dioxide was just like horrible.
  • 00:24:41.010 --> 00:24:45.140
  • His blood was oxygenating, but it wasn't releasing
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  • the carbon dioxide, so
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  • they didn't know exactly what to do at that time.
  • 00:24:53.180 --> 00:24:56.090
  • So again, because we had already prayed
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  • that the wisdom of God would be released
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  • and the doctors and they would come up
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  • with the exact thing that they're supposed to use
  • 00:25:03.190 --> 00:25:06.080
  • to treat him, we didn't have any doubt about that.
  • 00:25:06.080 --> 00:25:09.080
  • So Brittney and I and Brelyn and Josh,
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  • all of us and my partners, those that I had around me
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  • that was there with me at the time,
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  • we were believing God.
  • 00:25:17.160 --> 00:25:19.060
  • The next day, they came in and they said, Okay,
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  • we tried this new drug on him.
  • 00:25:20.220 --> 00:25:23.030
  • I don't know if it was new to
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  • the medical field, but I knew it was new to them
  • 00:25:25.000 --> 00:25:29.050
  • in that ICU room because the nurses said
  • 00:25:29.050 --> 00:25:32.080
  • that they got a lesson on it while they were doing their
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  • rounds and it's called THAM.
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  • It was a one-shot deal, it was again, if that didn't work,
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  • that was it.
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  • They gave him one shot.
  • 00:25:44.220 --> 00:25:46.060
  • And from that point on, he never had another problem with
  • 00:25:46.060 --> 00:25:49.250
  • the carbon dioxide, and I remember the doctor
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  • coming to me, the one that we had prayed with the first day,
  • 00:25:52.130 --> 00:25:56.060
  • and he said, You know,
  • 00:25:56.060 --> 00:25:57.200
  • I just decided to do some unconventional things.
  • 00:25:57.200 --> 00:26:01.110
  • Some things that I just hadn't been doing before,
  • 00:26:01.110 --> 00:26:05.090
  • but I believe this would work.
  • 00:26:05.090 --> 00:26:07.090
  • And we were like, Okay, we like unconventional.
  • 00:26:07.090 --> 00:26:10.070
  • - And that's where I know God had stepped in
  • 00:26:10.070 --> 00:26:12.150
  • and changed his course, because then,
  • 00:26:12.150 --> 00:26:15.090
  • he started getting very aggressive with bronching him.
  • 00:26:15.090 --> 00:26:18.180
  • They were actually going down, washing his lungs.
  • 00:26:18.180 --> 00:26:21.070
  • Several times a day, they were
  • 00:26:21.070 --> 00:26:24.010
  • starting him on medications, the steroids that he was on,
  • 00:26:24.010 --> 00:26:28.110
  • they put him on extremely, extremely high-dose steroids.
  • 00:26:28.110 --> 00:26:31.230
  • - And I remember after week three, the doctor came to me
  • 00:26:31.230 --> 00:26:35.060
  • and said, You know on Monday,
  • 00:26:35.060 --> 00:26:38.100
  • I think this is the time when it hit me
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  • that this was really bad.
  • 00:26:42.250 --> 00:26:45.080
  • Even though I knew it was bad,
  • 00:26:45.080 --> 00:26:47.170
  • but it never hit me like, Whoo, this is bad,
  • 00:26:47.170 --> 00:26:51.070
  • until I had this conversation with Dr. Hockstein.
  • 00:26:53.040 --> 00:26:56.260
  • He came to me and he said, On Monday,
  • 00:26:56.260 --> 00:26:59.150
  • I didn't know how things were gonna go.
  • 00:26:59.150 --> 00:27:02.220
  • He said, But on today, which is Friday,
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  • he said I know how things are going.
  • 00:27:07.170 --> 00:27:10.050
  • I see things going in the right direction.
  • 00:27:10.050 --> 00:27:13.080
  • And it was like, for me, I always saw things going
  • 00:27:13.080 --> 00:27:16.110
  • in the right direction, but
  • 00:27:16.110 --> 00:27:19.080
  • one thing I really respect and I appreciate
  • 00:27:19.080 --> 00:27:21.260
  • about that doctor,
  • 00:27:21.260 --> 00:27:23.110
  • he knew where I stood as far as my faith was concerned,
  • 00:27:23.110 --> 00:27:26.230
  • he never said anything negative or anything opposite
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  • of what I was saying.
  • 00:27:30.150 --> 00:27:33.010
  • And I was like, Okay, God,
  • 00:27:33.010 --> 00:27:34.130
  • God had all of the doctors to be in agreement
  • 00:27:34.130 --> 00:27:38.160
  • with what I was saying.
  • 00:27:38.160 --> 00:27:39.250
  • The nurses were in agreement.
  • 00:27:39.250 --> 00:27:42.080
  • Nobody said anything negative out of their mouth like,
  • 00:27:42.080 --> 00:27:46.030
  • Okay, we're gonna prepare you because he's dying
  • 00:27:46.030 --> 00:27:50.020
  • or this isn't working
  • 00:27:50.020 --> 00:27:52.030
  • or this is looking really, really bad.
  • 00:27:52.030 --> 00:27:54.250
  • Nobody would ever say anything like that out of their mouth.
  • 00:27:54.250 --> 00:27:58.040
  • They were very careful with how they presented stuff to me
  • 00:27:58.040 --> 00:28:01.180
  • because they knew where I stood.
  • 00:28:01.180 --> 00:28:03.190
  • From the very beginning, I made that known.
  • 00:28:03.190 --> 00:28:06.220
  • It was like okay, I know you have
  • 00:28:06.220 --> 00:28:09.150
  • to give me your information,
  • 00:28:10.160 --> 00:28:12.070
  • but on the same hand, you gotta know that I'm trusting God
  • 00:28:12.070 --> 00:28:15.110
  • through this process,
  • 00:28:15.110 --> 00:28:17.000
  • because even though you can treat in the natural,
  • 00:28:17.000 --> 00:28:19.220
  • you cannot heal.
  • 00:28:19.220 --> 00:28:21.050
  • Only God can heal, God is our healer.
  • 00:28:21.050 --> 00:28:23.240
  • And so give me your information,
  • 00:28:23.240 --> 00:28:25.200
  • but I'm still gonna trust God.
  • 00:28:25.200 --> 00:28:27.140
  • (dramatic music)
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