By Charlie Johnston
Well, things have turned around rather dramatically. First, there is a temporary restraining order (TRO) in place to prevent the removal of life support from Joey Cronin until he can be transferred. All is moving smoothly in the arrangements to get him to Houston’s HealthBridge.
Most amazingly, Joey has shown critical signs of life. Small, but medically compelling. He was biting on his feeding tube. It is enough that now there is no talk of declaring him brain dead – and that Driscoll is going to perform surgery tomorrow – a tracheostomy to repair his throat so he can breathe independently without doing damage to the throat and a procedure to facilitate his feeding. So please pray for him during that surgery in the morning.
I thank all of you for having been largely courteous in your calls to Driscoll Hospital. I got angry and frustrated, too, in the heat of battle. Most of the times I was at my worst, I did not post for fear of making things worse…and I was making and receiving a lot of calls throughout. I think an important thing to remember is that Driscoll was not the cause of this situation, but is instead a symptom of where we have arrived. They exercised a lot of what are now standard medical protocols. Alas, we really have to take a hard look at whether those protocols are genuinely giving medical professionals information, or whether they are just props to justify premature declarations of death. Certainly, when Joey started showing important and genuine signs of independent life, the family tells me the people at the hospital entirely changed their outlook to one of helping treat the boy. This could have happened at almost any hospital in America today except some religiously affiliated ones that actually take that religious affiliation seriously. As the comic character, Pogo, once famously said, “We have met the enemy – and he is us.” It is a change of heart in our culture and faith that is necessary to put an end to the sort of assumptions that make crises like these possible. I am proud that readers here were such steadfast soldiers in engaging that enemy.
Amazingly, I only deleted two comments throughout the whole process. One was from an avowed “Satanist” who taunted in the worst way and wished death on Joey. The other was from the fellow who accused me of propaganda originally and returned to make another content-free accusation of the same.
I will update on any critical changes – good or bad – until all is fully resolved. Meantime, I am in transit back to Denver tomorrow, have a prayer meeting tomorrow night – and hope to be on a more normal schedule again come Sunday. But not to fear, you will continue to be updated on the progress of Joey Cronin. I told his Dad, George, about an hour ago, that I hoped he and Susan would get a good night’s sleep tonight. He said he doubted it…so I chuckled and said I hoped, then, that they would get a bad night’s sleep – just so long as actual sleep is involved. He chuckled and again sent his thanks to you for your help, saying he did not see how we could have gotten here without it.
Onward Christian Soldiers!