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.
“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.”