I felt the first twinge of pain across my chest in December 2018 and again on the following day. It returned with a vengeance for the 3rd time while I was attending Sunday mass in my parish, the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Penang. This time, I was rushed to the Penang General Hospital and admitted.
An angiogram revealed 6 blockages of which 3 were major ones requiring 6 stents.
I was frightened and anxious, and as always, my wife Cindy and I turned to Our Blessed Mother for her powerful intercession. We are regular visitors to the Chapel of Immaculate Conception in Sungai Batu and my wife has previously submitted several testimonies.
Answered Prayers for Cindy’s Grand Daughter
I Saw Our Lady Walk in the Chapel
The Healing of Little Isabel
The Dance of the Flame
As a retired teacher from the government sector, I was given 2 options:
Option 1 – Be on the bottom of the list of 2,500 others waiting for free treatment OR
Option 2 – Be treated as a full paying patient without knowing the cost upfront.
A second opinion in a private hospital didn’t yield a positive outcome, so I had to choose Option 2.
On 5th January 2019, my wife and I went to Sungai Batu to ask Mother Mary’s intercession for my treatment. As it was the first Saturday of the month, we were privileged to attend mass at the chapel.
In answer to our prayers, the angioplasty on the 13th February was successful but the treatment on one of my blood vessels which had 100% blockage could not be done as my condition became unstable.
On 6th March 2019, Ash Wednesday, I had another angioplasty, but during the procedure, blood started to ooze into the heart cavity. The doctors could not arrest the bleeding and I was transfused with multiple units of blood. The doctor explained to my wife the gravity of my condition and she consented to an emergency open heart surgery to source the leaking vessel and to seal it.
My wife Cindy described the moment when 8 doctors acted in tandem to get me transferred to the OT at top speed. Through her fears and prayers, she felt as if they represented angels and saints to attend to me.
In the Operating Theatre, the doctors still could not locate the source of the bleeding. I was literally bleeding to death! Cindy was called in and given the news that the doctors had done all that they could. I was later informed that the Muslim doctor and the others in the room had prayed over my heart while Cindy was praying outside.
Then, in what I can best describe as the hand of God, the surgeon turned my heart slightly and there at an awkward angle was the rogue vessel which was the cause of my blood loss!
After sealing the leak, the surgeon left my chest cavity open for another 2 days in anticipation of any complications. The doctors also warned that my condition could cause multiple organ failure. As I was heavily sedated, I felt nothing but darkness.
By the grace of God, all my organs remained normal and functioning. There were no complications and my chest cavity was closed two days later. I was snatched from the jaws of death and it was the power of prayers that guided the hands of the doctors that day and the intercession of Mother Mary which saved me.
THANK YOU JESUS, THANK YOU BLESSED MOTHER!
A first-hand testimony from;
Vernon Adrian Surin
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
23rd April 2019