Friday, August 1, 2008

Urgent Prayer Request

July 30, 2008...
Timothy (Timo) Simoneaux, thirteen-year-old son of Tremayne and Vicki Simoneaux, missionaries to Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique, has bacterial meningitis and remains very critical.

July 31, 2008... A call from Vicki Simoneaux to the Foregin Missions Division revealed the following information. They had arrived at the hospital in South Africa. She was greatly relieved - beginning test results were back and all are positive!

Per the conversation:
1. The CT Scan completed showed no pressure on the brain; no air bubbles; no abscesses - all are good signs.
2. Timothy is still on the ventilator and will remain on it for a couple of days to assist with his breathing.
3. The doctor is keeping him in a medically induced coma for the next 2-3 days.
4. A feeding tube will be inserted later today or early Thursday morning - the doctor wants to get nourishment in his body so there is no loss of muscle; he's had nothing since Sunday.
5. For now, it is a matter of waiting for the medicine to work.

We know God will work first, faster, and more complete than the medicine!

Tremayne and Vicki are both in J'burg; Sister Carolyn Simoneaux (grandmother of Timo) has also arrived. Brother and Siste r David Flowers are staying with them also. The Simoneaux family have hotel accommodation close to the hospital; they will not be allowed to stay with Timothy around the clock.

Tremayne had called - he was greatly relieved to be in South Africa. He had been informed the hospital had a letter of guarantee in hand. He did have to pay some costs up-front in Blantyre and they are having to pay some items such as X-ray, etc. in J'burg as these items are not part of the hospital billing (we'll work on resolving this issue). Both Tremayne and Vicki expressed their thanks and appreciation for all the prayers and support received.

It was very easy to pick up on the thankfulness in their voices!

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