After a near-fatal heart attack, Dellâ€™s heart would never be the same. Then she encountered miraculous healing power.
- And she said these wordsthat would just forever
change my life, she said,"You will live and not die."
As the band began tostart the worship music,
I stood and I raised my hand in worship,
and a woman that I didn't know,I had never seen her before,
she walked past me, turnedaround and came back,
and stood nose-to-nose with me.
She said, "Fear not, forthe Lord your God says
"you will surely live and not die."
- I think both of uswere a little concerned,
obviously you'll live and not die
kinda tells you somethingis gonna happen soon,
so both of us were quiteconcerned and just kinda,
okay, what's gonna happen next?
- Monday came, I justdidn't feel quite right.
I just felt kind of out of sorts,
tired, and not feeling my best.
I was sitting on my sofa with my husband,
and something's notright, I can't breathe.
I said, "I need to go to the hospital."
- We took her immediately tothe emergency room, pulled up,
they came out with awheelchair, wheeled her inside.
The whole time I'm saying toGod, "Have your hand on her."
- My vitals are slipping, and I'm saying,
"Lord, forgive me foreverything I've ever done,
"anything, Lord, that'snot pleasing to you."
- And I saw our pastorlean down and whisper,
"Remember, Dell, youshall live and not die."
- They came back and they said,"You've had a heart attack,
"and it looks like a bad one."
- And she's gonna haveto have a stint put in.
- They did the stint, andthe cardiologist said,
"You should be dead right now.
"90% of the people who havethe kind of heart attack
"you've had don't evenmake it to the hospital
"or they die in their sleep at night."
The heart attack was so bad
that it severely damaged my heart.
My heart was functioningat only about 20%.
They were so worried that Icould have another heart event
that they fitted me with a life vest.
It's actually a defibrillatorthat they strap around you
with all kind of monitoring devices on it.
- Coming back to the house was tough.
The only way to get heraround was in a wheelchair.
I had to pretty much just kinda take over,
whatever was needed.
- He would not leave my side,
and when we got home, every night,
every night he servedme communion and prayed.
I couldn't breathe, I couldn't bend over,
I couldn't do anything.
All I could do was just getup and go to the bathroom
and go back and lay right back down
because I was terribly,terribly, terribly weak.
With the amount of damagethat I had in my heart,
they told me, "You needto get used to this life,
"because your life as you have known it
"is never gonna be the same."
My daughter had a friend thatcame over to visit with me.
He had gone to seminaryunder this well-known pastor,
and he called him, hesaid, "We have a friend,
"and she's had a heart attack,
"and her heart is severely damaged,
"she's very weak, andshe needs a miracle."
And this man said, "Have her at my church
"Sunday morning at 9:30, bcauseGod is going to heal her."
- I mean, we had to wheel her in,
she was so weak, and then lifting her up,
two people on each sideof her lifting her up.
- They lifted me out of the wheelchair,
and I stood there in front of him.
And when he put his handon the top of my head,
it felt like a bolt of electricity
just shot through mybody, and when it did,
it set off the siren on my defibrillator.
- I mean, the noises andthe bells and whistles,
everything's happening,you know, and I'm thinking,
what is gonna happen now?
She was able to get aroundthere and cut it off
before the thing went off.
It hit me right thenthat something special
was going on here.
- The very next day Ihad a preset appointment
for a followup with my cardiologist.
No wheelchair, and helooks at me and he says,
"How are your doing?"
I said, "I'm doing great, but I don't like
"this life vest on, Iwant to take it off."
He said, "Oh, no, you can'ttake off the life vest."
I said, "I want another test.
"I wanna proof to you that God healed me."
After the test, he said,"Take that defibrillator off,
"'cause you don't need it anymore.
"You're heart is back to normal."
He said, "You've had a miracle."
My heart was back to normal,
but it was the low end of normal.
So this young man callsthat pastor back again,
and he said, "You have herback here Sunday morning,
God's gonna finish what he started."
- We wound up going back inand kicking it up a notch.
He touched her and Icould tell God healed her.
Then we went back to the doctor.
- He said these words after the test,
"Dell, not only is yourheart back to normal,
"your heart is at the high end of normal."
The Lord had given me a brand new heart,
a brand new heart.
I feel better now than I did 20 years ago.
I have more strength, I feelhealthier than I ever did.
- Keep walking and keep believing
and hoping and prayingand hanging onto God,
and sure enough, he came through.
- There is nothing that he can't do.