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90歲新冠肺炎患者19天後得醫治 伍德老奶奶:我不孤單,因為祂與我同在

在這次新冠病毒(COVID-19)全球流行之前,各國的疾管單位已將年長者,與一些慢性疾病患者列為高危險群,養護機構也斷然採取全封閉式管理措施。

根據美國媒體福克斯 Q13(Q13 FOX)報導,位於華盛頓科克蘭市的生命護理中心(Life Care Center)近日被罰款61萬美元,在美國CDC所發表的報告中指出,該護理中心與37例因新冠病毒導致的死亡案例有直接關聯。目前在該護理中心內的接受護理者及員工,已有三分之二被感染。

在該護理中心的確診患者中有位年齡90歲長者近日受到眾多媒體的關注。根據CBN報導,90歲的日內瓦.伍德老奶奶(Geneva Wood)在去年(2019)冬天之前,因為中風後住進該護理中心療養,經過幾個月的恢復後,預定在三月返回自己的家,但是卻沒有想到,就在她要離開的前幾天,該中心因發生新冠病毒院內感染而導致全面封閉。

該中心在2月底封閉,三天後,伍德老奶奶開始嚴重發燒,她回憶說,在我還在發燒之前,完全沒有其他的不適症狀。伍德老奶奶經醫療單位確診罹患新冠肺炎,並緊急轉送至醫院治療。伍德老奶奶在丈夫過世後,多年來雖自己生活,但她把神視為不可或缺的生命伴侶。她說,在住院接受治療的一個夜裡,她心想自己不知道能否度過今晚,就在那時,她感覺上帝來到她的身邊,並將手放在她的身上。這時,伍德老奶奶內心湧現了無比的平安,她知道自己的生命能夠存留下來;那一晚她清楚的知道上帝與她同在,雖然她不能看見上帝榮耀的面容,但她深深感受神的手正在觸摸著自己,神幫助她有力量繼續與疾病奮戰到底。

伍德老奶奶感恩的說,「如果不是這麼確定上帝就在我身邊、祂的手在我身上,我根本無法堅持下來。我並不孤單,因為上帝一直與我同在。」伍德老奶奶也回憶,在醫院有一位很特別的醫生,這位醫生送了她一本聖經,並且每天都會安排一段時間來看她,誦讀她最喜歡的經文——詩篇23篇。

伍德老奶奶經過19天的治療後順利康復出院,伍德老奶奶的親友們把她的復原視作「神蹟」。許多的媒體詳盡報導了90歲伍德老奶奶與新冠病毒奮戰19天的事蹟,希望藉著她對家人的熱愛和勇敢的精神,能夠鼓勵為新冠病毒侵襲的煩憂人們。伍德老奶奶在接受媒體的訪問中,毫不諱言的指出,在這段康復的過程中,信仰是最重要的部分,她向來訪者解釋,如果不是因為對上帝的信仰及家人們的禱告,以及教會的支持,靠著自己實在無法辦到;完全是信仰和禱告,使她通過這次新冠病毒的考驗。

伍德老奶奶知道現在人們正面對新冠病毒的襲擊,她鼓勵正在與病毒作戰的人們:「不要放棄希望!上帝一直都在,請相信祂、要全然倚靠祂,並把自己的生命獻給祂。你可以做到的,但你必須不要放棄希望,繼續戰鬥堅持到底。」

‘I Was Never Alone… He Was With Me All the Time’

CBNNEWS.COM    04-02-2020  Caitlin Burke (FB)

A suburban nursing home in Kirkland, Washington made headlines as the center of the country’s first deadly outbreak of COVID-19. Since the first positive test at the Life Care Center on February 28, the virus has spread to nearly two-thirds of its population.

Geneva Wood spent much of the winter there, recovering from a stroke. Just days before she was supposed to go home, COVID-19 put the facility on lockdown. Three days later, Wood experienced a spiking fever.

“I didn’t know that I had the virus until I had the virus. I had no symptoms of it before,” Wood told CBN News.

While other news outlets have talked about the 90-year-old’s love for her family, spunky spirit and the amazing fight she put up, Wood says it’s her faith that is actually the most important part of the story.

“If it hadn’t have been for my faith in God and my family and their prayers and all their families and the church and everything…the faith and prayers pulled me through,” Wood explained.

Largely kept in isolation, she says God was her only companion. Wood specifically remembers one night when she wasn’t sure if she would survive until morning.

“I could feel God’s presence. His hands were on my body and I could feel His presence and I’d wake up and I could feel these hands and I’d go back to sleep. Through the night, ’cause I’d wake up, I couldn’t see His face, but I could feel His hands and I knew He was with me and I made it through the night,” Wood remembers.

“Until you’ve felt God’s presence and his hands on you, it’s something else. If it hadn’t have been for Him, I couldn’t have done it. And I wasn’t alone because He was with me all the time,” she continued.

Wood also remembers one special doctor. He brought her a Bible and spent time each day reading her favorite scriptures.

“At first all I said was Psalm 23, but he would read to me every morning,” she said.

Wood’s family calls her recovery “miraculous.” Nineteen days after entering the hospital, she was sent home, coronavirus free. Now she has some advice for everyone else battling the virus.

“Don’t give up hope. God is always there and put your trust in Him and lean on Him and give your life to Him. And you’ll make it, but you’ve got to not give up hope and fight.”