Via his blog on the Peoria Journal Star, Dr. John Carroll updates us on his young heart patient Daniel: Daniel’s Home Visit— But Who is the Patient?–Update Three. Read the whole post. Excerpt:
Daniel and I were seated on white plastic yard chairs in his flat directly over where his four brothers and sisters sleep each night on the cement floor next to his bed. Only one of the five of them has a job–one sister is a teacher. (Another sister lives two doors down with her husband.)
Several weeks ago I gave Daniel baby aspirin, lasix, potassium supplement, and penicillin tablets. He has them neatly organized on a table and he states that he feels much better now and that he is breathing well. And he told me that the multivitamins have given him “strength”. I think much of this is placebo effect but that is ok. We will take some happiness here.
I asked Daniel if he thought that I was going to find a hospital in the United States to accept him. He told me, “Don’t worry and don’t be afraid.” I asked him if he was “worried or afraid”. He smiled and looked me right in the eyes and said, “Never”. Daniel then slightly touched the back of my left hand with his finger and said, “Jesus works for you and me.”
At that point I told Daniel that I may be leaving for the States in a few days but that I would keep looking for a medical center. He said that he would be fine “because you left vitamins for me”.
Daniel helped me quite a bit today. So I think I need to go back and check on him again tomorrow.
This old atheist wishes Dr. Carroll and Daniel godspeed—and a medical center that remembers its mission.