Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Prayer Request Update

Thank you so much to those of you who prayed for my brother-in-law! I haven't been able to visit him yet, but here's what I've heard: Yesterday afternoon he was at work (he's a welder) cleaning a machine he doesn't normally operate, when someone accidentally turned it on, crushing the fingers of his left hand. In order to avoid causing even further damage, it took them fully two minutes to safely disengage the machine and free his hand. He was then driven to a local hospital, which was unable to treat him, and flown across the state to a hospital that could. The four fingers were "hanging by a thread" and kept on ice during the flight.

Arriving at the new hospital, the surgeon said that the bones had been crushed and estimated that he had a 95-99% chance of losing them (if not the whole hand). But after a seven hour operation, they were able to reattach all four (but "shortened," with the crushed portion removed), and are hopeful that he will retain their use. This is by no means assured at this point, and he's expected to be in the hospital for at least five or six days anyway, but it looks like the surgery was far more successful than they had hoped. Thank God!

I'll update again when I know more, but please continue to pray that there are no further complications.

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