Karyn Ward and her husband Bill are longtime members of Restoration. Today, Karyn shares how her daughter Kelly was healed from an illness when Kelly was a baby.
“I have no explanation for this,” the doctor said.
“We do,” I replied. “God healed her.”
This conversation took place almost 25 years ago, but when God does such an amazing work, you never forget it.
Our third child and only daughter, Kelly, was born in 1994. She had a lot of fevers as a baby but the ongoing diagnosis was ear infections and she had tubes inserted when she around 7 months old; however the fevers kept coming. They were tricky fevers. often disappearing when at the doctor’s office. While we didn’t want her to run a fever, we did want to know why she kept having them.
Eventually through insistent advocacy on our part, the doctors did some tests and determined she was having urinary tract infections. After the UTIs kept occurring, some further (and very unpleasant) tests diagnosed vesicoureteral reflux, a condition where urine flows back from the bladder to the kidneys. Untreated, this condition can cause kidney damage. Kelly was put on preventive antibiotics but continued having breakthrough UTIs.
After several months of continuing infections while on prophylactic antibiotics, Kelly’s pediatric urologist decided she needed surgery to replant her misbehaving ureter. This major surgery would keep her hospitalized for about a week but they felt certain it would lead to a good outcome for the future of her kidneys.
The idea of my baby (who had recently turned one) undergoing the surgery was frightening for me. Some women from the church (we were members at Christ Church Plano) asked if they could come over and pray for her. A group of women came over on the Thursday night before the Tuesday of her surgery. Some of the women were in the Order of St Luke (a ministry dedicated to praying for healing), some were small group members with us, and others were just friends. Their ages ranged from 30s to 60s or 70s. They prayed for my anxiety, her surgery, the physician, but also boldly for her healing. One of the women anointed her with oil. They prayed and left.
The next day, I took Kelly for her surgery pre-work including another very uncomfortable test (VCUG) to determine if the other ureter was also refluxing. I am forever thankful that the doctor ordered this test, though I was quite unhappy with it at the time for putting Kelly through another painful procedure. It was the results of this test — no reflux whatsoever! — that led to the conversation above. Surgery was cancelled. There was no recurrence.
We will always be grateful for the kindness God showed in healing Kelly and are thankful for the community of women who, one Thursday night in 1995, followed the advice in James 5:14-15 “Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well…”