Now we can tell you. For 9 and a half weeks Mario has been virtually immobilized with acute pain in his spine and left leg. The first two doctors could not pinpoint his condition. At first they thought it was bursitis of the hip then they thought it was a stress fracture. X-rays, Cat-scans, and an MRI showed no bursitis or fracture. The third doctor could not figure it out either.
Mario did receive a touch from God weeks ago that reduced his pain by half, but he still couldn’t sit, and he couldn’t walk for more than a few minutes.
We didn’t know how long this would last. That made it difficult to know what to tell the various groups slated for crusades. So many people have been waiting to hear if they can go ahead with outreach plans. The outreach to Las Vegas has been hanging in the balance for weeks. We didn’t want to cancel any soul winning effort until it was absolutely necessary.
Then it became absolutely necessary. The forth doctor found the protruding disc in the base of Mario’s spine. He said only back surgery would fix the problem. This meant yet a fifth doctor–a neurosurgeon, several more weeks waiting for surgery, and an extended time of recovery afterwards.
Every meeting scheduled until the middle of Summer was now impossible. Still Mario and Mechelle felt to hold off making the announcement until after he met with the surgeon today. Then this happened…
When the surgeon walked in, he was staring at the latest X-rays…X-Rays the surgeon ordered the day before we met him. He said, “There is still something here that does not make sense, I want to try something.” What he tried was to prick Mario’s leg with a pin from his foot to his hip. He asked, “is there any numbness? Mario said “no.” Then he asked Mario to lock his left leg while the doctor lifted it. The he moved it laterally to test the hip. “Did any of that give you pain?” That’s when Mario realized that for the last three days—the days after the previous doctor examined him, the pain subsided in his leg. The surgeon said, “ I have never operated on anyone’s spine who did not have pain in their leg. Your back is healing. You don’t need surgery. You need physical therapy.”
We know this is in response to all of our prayers. We have no words to express our thanks to all of you who are praying for Mario, Mechelle, and all of us at MMM. You can imagine how we are praising God.
Mario begins physical therapy on Monday. Las Vegas is a go! There will be signs and wonders in the tent!
Please keep praying. Don’t let up because of this good news, Mario still a lot of hard work ahead of him. Now is the time for even more prayer.