59 year old Larry was traveling from Indiana to Germany for his job. With a layover in New Jersey, he boarded the plane for his connecting flight that would now take him directly to Germany. As other passengers also boarded, Larry began to feel bad. He became very hot, clammy and light headed.
The flight attendants gave him some water and a cool cloth. It was when he dropped his briefcase that someone recognized he may be having a stroke. They moved quickly getting him off the aircraft and taken immediately to the emergency room. Back in their small hometown in Indiana, his wife Linda receives a phone call from a stranger to inform her of her husbands’ health. She and their daughter left on the 1st available flight the next morning.
They arrive in Newark and go directly to the hospital. After seeing Larry and speaking with his doctors it was now time to find a place to stay in place very unfamiliar to them. As they look for a hotel they were warned by the doctors and security at the hospital that they are not in a safe area and not to walk anywhere.Their small hometown does not even have a taxi making this all very new for them.
They receive a quick and much necessary lesson in the use of UBER as hospital security help Linda download a “new app” on her phone. Once they located a hotel in what they hoped was a safe area they were reassured by Larry’s doctors and hospital security with their choice.
After only 10 days in the hospital the doctors have given the green light for Larry to be flown back to Indy for rehab. Linda has entrusted us to bring him home. We arrive bedside to find Larry, Linda and their daughter Nikki ready to go home.
It is quite cold and windy in Newark so Hal quickly prays, prior to putting Larry onto Nellie to get us out of the weather. We find ourselves fighting quite a headwind during our flight home which gave us a little extra time to get to know this family. Larry and Linda have been married for 35 years.
They have 2 great daughters and a 7 year old grandson who they enjoy spending time with. Larry spent 5 years in the service and has worked for the U.S. Government for over 30 years spending a lot of time in Afghanistan and Iraq. He loves to golf and ride dirt bikes with their grandson. While Larry golfs, Linda likes to shop.
We arrive finally into Indy where it is a balmy 44 degrees. We have discussed many things to be thankful for under their circumstances. A few of which are……the fact that Larry’s plane had not yet taken off for Germany when he had his stroke, their daughter Nikki being able to be off work during this time to travel with Linda and yes, even a new UBER app, Linda’s brother-in-law was waiting at our hangar to take her to the main terminal here in Indy to pick up Larry’s car.
Nikki accompanies her father to the rehab center with us. Tears of relief and thanks fall from her eyes as we pray over her father prior to our departure.
She hugs us tightly as we turn to leave and I hear her say to her father, ” dad we are home, you’ve got this!”
2 CORINTHIANS 4:13
ALL THIS IS FOR YOUR BENEFIT, SO THAT THE GRACE THAT IS REACHING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE MAY CAUSE THANKSGIVING TO OVERFLOW TO THE GLORY OF GOD.
Thank you to Hal and Jason for sharing this mission with me.
Shelli Engle RN
JUST A PLANE FACT:
Newark is located only 8 miles west of lower Manhattan ( this offers an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty when flying in ). It is the largest city by population in New Jersey and the Newark Liberty International Airport was the 1st municipal commercial airport in the U.S.