This is a report for Mission 374 by Grace on Wings.
Departure: New Orleans, Louisiana
Arrival: Bentonville, Arkansas
Date: January 13, 2016
Today we transported Cheryl from her home in New Orleans to her sons home in Arkansas. Her husband Ray accompanied us on the flight. When we arrived Cheryl was packed and ready to go. We transferred her without difficulty to our cot and connected her to the monitor.
Just before we left her husband took me over to their fireplace mantle to proudly show me pictures of their 2 sons and 5 grandchildren. What a great looking family. They shared with me how they had met one another while working together over 40 years ago. They had raised both of their sons in this home with one still living close and the other now in Arkansas. Cheryl had a knee replacement over a year ago and things did not go so well.
Shortly after the initial replacement she required a graft along with a second replacement. Since that time she has been battling many difficulties with it. She currently has an infection in the bone and a large open wound leaving her with quite a defect. She is unable to bear weight on her leg and requires a wheelchair to get around and occasionally she is able to use a walker. Her doctors are now recommending amputation of her leg.
She and her husband have found a doctor in Arkansas who believes that he can save her leg, so this is why they are heading there. She is very determined and they are both very hopeful this doc will be able to help her. During our flight they both talked about their grandchildren and all of the activities they are involved in.
The two of them spend a lot of time attending these activities and encouraging them. The grandchildren who live in Arkansas come to spend time with them in the summertime during school breaks. It was evident how proud they were of them and how much they loved them. They were so looking forward to spending time with them in Arkansas during this trip as well.Cheryl and her husband both did well during our flight she never complained about anything.
Once we arrived we made the transfer to the ambulance and the short trip to their sons home. After we delivered her safely to her sons residence we said a quick prayer for guidance and wisdom from the new doctor whom she would see the next day. They were both so very thankful.
I have spoken with her husband several times since the transport so I am able to give you an update on her. She did indeed see the doctor the next day and he did surgery on the following day. She will have a lengthy stay there with IV antibiotics. She continues to keep a very positive outlook. If you would continue to pray for complete healing for her and that she is able to keep her leg I know she would really appreciate it.
Heb. 4:16. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Thank you to Hal and Chris for sharing this mission with me. Many Blessings and may grace and peace be yours in abundance.