Just received this update on Rich Kong from Angela Aviles. Please
continue to pray for him!
First off, thank you to everyone who sent me audio files. I was blown away!
I compiled 25 clips of your voices and songs. The finished file was 50 mins
long. So beautiful... I was tearing up several times.
When Steve and I first arrived, his nurse said he was stable... he was on
low vent and low sedation. They had not seen him open his eyes yet but he
responded when they asked if he could wiggle his toes and he could squeeze
his right hand. They said his breathing was good and they might take his
tube out tonight or tomorrow.
Steve and I talked to him and he started to slowly open his eyes! (see
photo). We placed a beautiful quilt (thank you, Dorothy Chang) on him and
started playing all your audios. His eyes would open and close and I could
tell he was responding because he would make noises and move around. One of
the clips is Nina Lord playing "You Never Let Go"... that piece moved me
when I was editing and it clearly moved Rich cause it seemed like he was
trying to speak. The power of music! He can't speak because of the tube in
his mouth so his hand reached up and it looked like he was trying to take
the tube out. We called for the nurses to come back and we left the room
because at that point, things were getting intense and I was maybe slightly
afraid. Nurses tended to him, they called for the doctor, they tried to
restrain him... long story short, he pulled his tube out... not something
you should try to do when you've been intubated for a week. But he was
breathing on his own! His heart rate was really high so they tried to
settle him down. We came back in and talked to him, telling him not to be
afraid. He seemed to be trying to say something that sounded like
"Francis... or patience..." and then I heard him say "God". The nurses told
him not to speak... his throat was dry and irritated. We played more audios
and it definitely got him excited... maybe a little too excited and
stimulated. His heart rate was high and the nurses said we should leave and
let him rest, that was a lot of activity for one day!
My reflection is that Rich is very much fighting... and it is the love of
God expressed through this community that is waking him up from his
slumber. The picture of him without the tube is so precious to me. His
medical condition is still dire though. The doctor used the words "multiple
organ failure" and said he will be starting dialysis tonight. He also still
has heart arrhythmia but they are not going to try to fix that just yet (I
guess you can live for awhile with an irregular heart beat). They mostly
want to get his heart rate down and for his other organs to start
functioning again. It's still a long road... so keep praying. Please pray
in particular that Rich would not be afraid and fight the nurses treating
him. Even after pulling the tube out, he was trying to pull other cords off
of himself. That part was difficult to watch and I just can't imagine what
he is thinking and feeling. He must be so confused. Pray for peace for his
Thank you friends.
love and peace,