As a college student in a small department, the professors and students get to know each other well. I have always been impressed with how supportive the students and professors are of each other. This has been particularly evident in the last few weeks. The 3 year old son of one of the professors fell very ill while visiting family in India over Christmas. His illness quickly declined and a few days ago he fell into a coma due to serious infections affecting the brain.
The community here in the United States has pulled together praying for the family and offering them support. Just when the situation seemed to be hopeless, one of the other professors began trying to contact a neurosurgeon at the University of Chicago hospital through a family member to look at the medical information. The doctors in India did not anticipate recovery for the child. The cousin of the professor here in the United States, who is a nurse, felt a very strong need to help this family and did everything he could to get the neurosurgeon to look at the case. The neurosurgeon at the University of Chicago looked at the medical charts and told the family that the child was absolutely worth fighting for but he needed to be brought back to the United States for the best treatment possible. This doctor booked a flight the next day to India to oversee his stabilization and bring him back to the University of Chicago medical center.
I have been overwhelmed with God sightings these last few days in the professors and students here that worked hard to get medical advice for the family, in the nurse that felt the need to get involved and use his connections to get a top neurosurgeon involved, in the doctor that dropped everything to go to India to give the family hope, and in the entire community that has come together in prayer, dedicating masses and offering support for the family. The road to recovery may be long and bumpy, but at least there is a road now. Please keep this young boy in your prayers.
Megan–Notre Dame, IN
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