On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, Pastor Joe was transported from the Outer Banks Hospital to Norfolk Sentara to receive emergency treatment for a heart attack due to three clogged arteries, a condition he was not aware of until the afternoon the event occurred. As a diabetic patient, Joe had just been to see his friend and family physician for a check up. After the visit he mentioned to his doctor that he had been feeling some unusual intermittent pains in his chest off and on and thought maybe it was indigestion or something like that. The good doctor told him to “drive yourself straight to the hospital” and not to ever take any chances. While under a clients house, trying to unclog a dryer vent, those words came back to him as he began to suffer his attack. It turns out that advice saved his life.
Once at the hospital, the doctors determined what was happening and arranged for transport to Norfolk Sentara Hospital, which was the beginning of an extended medical ordeal and stay at the hospital. The biggest issue facing the medical team was trying to determine the overall condition of Joe’s heart. After thorough examination, testing, and consultation, the doctors realized that his heart was not strong enough for open heart surgery. They began treatments designed to build Joe up and make him as strong as possible before they could perform a triple heart by-pass. This process took two weeks which included taking care of dental issues, which is always important with every heart surgery. When the doctors told him they weren’t sure his heart could withstand the operation, Joe and everyone else knew it was time to gather the prayer warriors together, and to call upon the Great Physician, the “One Who heals all our infirmities and diseases.”
Rev. Chris Wilson, Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Christian Church, faithfully prayed and was at the hospital, even into the morning hours, seeking the Lord’s mercy for his friend and co-laborer in the Gospel. Our prayers were answered! The operation was successful! After initial recovery in intensive care for a week, and another week in step down, they moved Joe to rehab where he remained for the next 4 weeks. He is home now and though recovery is slower than hoped for, everyone is thankful to God and all those friends and associates who remained faithful to pray, call, and visit in this time of adversity. But the story did not end there. There is more you should know.
During this entire ordeal, since November, Brenda has been overcome with a debilitating case of Chronic Urticaria (hives) which resulted in a related severe skin infection and possible autoimmune complications. At the time during Joe’s medical emergency, Brenda was unable to travel and was not permitted by the hospital to be at Joe’s side, due to her infection. Come to find out even Joe ’s 93 year old mother was not allowed to visit him or be at the hospital for his surgery! The restriction on visitation was due to an outbreak of the flu at the hospital at that time. So for everyone’s sake and erring on the side of caution, neither Joe’s wife or his mother were permitted to visit him during what Joe described as "the hardest thing I've ever been through." It was also very difficult for everyone involved in the family. When it rains it pours.
If only that was the end to this story.
During this same period, in fact right after Joe left for Norfolk, Boone, their wonderful vesla/ beagle mix developed a bladder tumor which has progressed to the point where she is unable to control her bodily functions. She too is under the care of a local veterinarian. She is being kept as comfortable as possible, under the circumstances.
Brenda has not been able to work due to her condition. Although she is improving a little each day there are set backs. Those who have suffered with this condition know what that is about. Joe is on social security which helps with medical bills. However, his monthly benefit is still not enough to sustain them. With Brenda out of work, they are faced with ongoing medical bills not covered by insurance. With their savings depleted it is difficult to manage their household, buy necessities, and make ends meet.
Living on the Outer Banks, folks learn to survive the storms that often arise. We always come through and are stronger for it, howbeit a little battered and in need of repairs. This has been a great storm! If you could lay it out in visual form, it would look like a war zone. That is why we are asking for your help. Joe and Brenda are known as loving, kind, and gentle to all, but they also know how to fight when the need arises!! Mostly they fight for others, but this time they are the ones who are caught up in the high wind
Can you help? Please consider their need at this time. They do not yet have a known total amount of the financial need as bills are just beginning to come in. So for now, with updates to be announced as information is being gathered, we have put together a small Goal for the "Go Fund Me” we are launching today. If you pray, please pray for them! And either way, please consider giving a financial gift to help them get through this time of difficulty, and know that they, and all of us here are eternally grateful for your kindness and generosity. When it rains, sometimes it pours too... Philippians 4:19
Please share this story with your friends, family, and church. If you would like to make a monetary gift by check please send to:
Joe and Brenda Stott
P.O. Box 2434
Kitty Hawk, NC. 27949
- Jennie Ange
- David Dillon
- Tracy Salisbury
- DJ & Tammy Fincham
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