Vickie Warner, wife of former Illinois minister R. Steven Warner who now pastors in the Southern New England District, suffered a freak accident in her attic just before Christmas that resulted in a serious leg fracture similar to those seen in athletes, particularly skiers. She was scheduled for surgery on Friday, January 2, at Mass General Hospital. A request for prayer was sent out to all Illinois ministers on Wednesday, December 31. Here is her praise report.
On Christmas Eve I fractured my right leg below the knee in a freak accident. We went into Boston (which has many world-class hospitals) for treatment. The prognosis was bleak: Surgery right after Christmas.
However, the X Factor is that God is still a God of miracles! I asked Him yesterday morning, before Steve and I left for my surgery appointment in Boston, to please honor all the petitions of you who were praying on my behalf. All I wanted was for the surgery to not be necessary, even though the consensus was that it was almost mandatory given my situation.
So, yesterday early morning I went to the hospital fully expecting surgery. We were seeking a second and final opinion from the Chief of Orthopedic Trauma Surgery, who also teaches at Harvard U, with whom we had made contact through very helpful people at our church.
He and his fellow surgeon looked carefully at my charts/x-rays/cat scans and, after careful examination, determined that the benefits of the surgery were not substantial enough to risk it. So, they advised no surgery and sent me home instead.
Needless to say I am extremely thankful to the Lord for His intervention. Had things gone as originally planned I would have already had the surgery last week by another doctor. But due to “divine delays” (which seemed frustrating at the time) I was spared. God was in control of all of the “messes” all along. What a lesson. And what a thrill for me.
It is still a serious injury with no weight-bearing for 6-8 weeks, months of TLC and rehab, and a projected year for recovery. However, the now non-surgery - which would have included a bone graft with multiple plates and screws - makes everything facing me now seem like a cakewalk by comparison. I am so extremely thankful to God and to you!
I firmly believe the combined prayers of so many touched the throne of God and turned the tide of affairs. I am in complete awe of the family of God and how all of you rallied to my aid. I will be ever grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!