Tennessee Man Who Needed Heart, Kidney Transplant Credits God for Miracle Provision

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee man who found himself in need of a heart and kidney transplant is giving all the glory to God after his doctors interestingly received notice that the needed organs were available just moments after they had gathered to pray.

Bill Forsythe told the Jackson Sun that in 2016 he obtained hernia surgery at a local hospital, and as he was getting dressed to leave, he suffered a heart attack. The episode was so severe that in the days that followed, doctors didn’t think he would survive.

Four months later, Forsythe was released from the hospital, but ended up returning the next day. Some time later, he was sent to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was informed that his heart was deteriorating. As all other efforts failed, it appeared that Forsythe was going to need a heart and kidney transplant.

He decided to be placed on the transplant list. However, many patients wait years for a match.

Weeks later, doctors advised Forsythe that he couldn’t wait that long. They gave him three options: that he instead obtain a temporary heart pump, utilize a heart that was infected with Hepatitis C, or simply remove his name from the list because his condition was too poor and time was of the essence.

Forsythe had to provide his answer the following day. He was not satisfied with any of the options, and spent that evening praying with his family.

His doctors gathered together early that next morning and prayed as well. Just moments after they finished their time of prayer, the phone rang.

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“The doctor called back at 7 o’clock the next morning, woke me up, and said ‘Bill, us doctors came in early this morning and we prayed for you,’” Forsythe recalled. “He said, ‘Exactly one minute later, the phone rang with a heart and kidney perfect for you.’”

Indeed, the heart and kidney were a match for Forsythe. He underwent a heart transplant the following day, and after he stabilized, he also obtained a new kidney.

“Forsythe credits everything to God,” the Jackson Sun reports. “If He had not provided the heart and kidney at the time He did, Forsythe says he would not have survived.”

Philippians 4:6-7 exhorts, “Be [anxious] for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

In Matthew 6:8, Jesus also advised, “[Y]our Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him.”

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  • Robin Egg

    Wow. Amazing answer to prayer. Thank you Jesus. I have never heard of actually offering a diseased organ, but I learn something new every day. Great outcome.

  • james blue

    Apparently missed in this article is the fact that a another person had to die to give him those organs.

    • pastoredsmith

      “another person had to die to give him those organs….” the whole point of being an organ donor is that we all know we will die sometimes, and our death will indeed help others to live. The donor was going to die anyway. The donor didn’t have to die. He / she was going to die anyway.

      • james blue

        We all die sometime, however the donor was probably killed in an accident and even if he was “going to die anyway”, he or she still had to die.

        My comment isn’t about using organs, we absolutely should. It’s about this celebration of a prayer being answered while ignoring what it took to answer it.

        The article praises God for providing, He didn’t just make the organs available out of thin air. He didn’t just create a heart and kidney. One human had to die for that heart to be given to another. They couldn’t take it from a live person, could they?

        Nowhere does the article thank that person. Everyone is so concerned about thanking God for providing they are forgetting what he did to provide.

        I’m a donor (upon my death) I believe strongly in being a donor. I’m truly glad this guy got his heart. It is my wish that my organs will help someone else live although at my age I’m not sure if my heart would be viable. An answer to prayer indeed, but do not ignore that the answer required loss of another life. God gave to one, but took from another.

  • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

    My brother-in -law had a rare blood. He died in a motorcycle accident when he was in his 20’s.My sister donated his organs. There was a lady who needed a kidney transplant. She also had rare blood. Her chance to get them was very low. He was a match for her. It is sad he died so young.But he had a brain tumor so he would have died in pain later.

    I’m glad this man got what he needed to live lust as am glad the lady got what she needed to live.

  • MCrow

    So I suppose all of those who didn’t get transplants didn’t pray hard enough, huh?