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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christmas Carols/Carolling (10/02/08)

TITLE: His Power and Glory
By Allison Egley
10/08/08


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Dr. Benson's beeper went off and he groaned as he saw the emergency code. Christmas Eve. Of all nights for a child to need emergency surgery...

He took the elevator to the ER to assess the situation.

The young child was on a ventilator, and unresponsive.

"What's the story?"

"Head trauma after a sledding accident. The CT scan shows hemorrhaging in the brain, but we can't locate the source of the bleed."

"The parents?"

"They're in the waiting room. They've already signed the consent forms and have been informed of the risks."

"Get her ready. I'd like to talk to the parents."

****

"Hello? Mr. and Mrs. Thompson? I'm Dr. Benson, and I'll be performing your daughter's surgery."

Mrs. Thompson stood up and shook Dr. Benson's hand. "What are her chances?"

"I'm sorry. I won't know much until I get in there. But I know Someone who does. Are you Believers?"

"Yes! We've been praying the whole time."

"They are prepping your daughter. I'd like to take a few minutes to pray with you. Do you mind?"

"No. Of course not."

***

Dr. Benson tossed his MP3 player to the assistant before scrubbing up. "Set it to random play for Christmas songs." He always had his music piped in the OR sound system as he operated. It helped him to focus, oddly enough, and helped drown out some of the sounds of the machines that would be keeping the young patient alive.

He worked delicately, as he tried to locate the source of the bleed. That was only the first step. Next he had to stop it.

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright.


Dr. Benson muttered a victory cry under his breath. "There it is!" Now to stop it. The girl's vital signs were holding steady for now, but time was of the essence.

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant


The girl's vital signs were dropping. If he didn't stop this quickly... He sealed off what he thought was the last of the vessels responsible for the bleed. He held his breath. No more active bleeding. Her vitals stabilized.

Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!


*****

"Mr. and Mrs. Thompson?"

The girl's parents stood up, worry evident on their faces.

"The next 24 hours are critical, but she made it through the surgery. We were able to stop the bleed. She'll see Christmas."


****
Author's Note:

Songs, in order of appearance

Silent Night
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Holy Night


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Lynda Lee Schab 10/11/08
Very nice! We all need doctors like that, don't we? :-)
Jan Ackerson 10/11/08
I had a Christian doctor for my recent surgery, and it made a huge difference! Well-written story.
LaNaye Perkins10/13/08
I like this entry. We all need doctors like this one. Great story!
Karlene Jacobsen 10/13/08
Thanks for this wonderful story. How refreshing it is when a man/woman of faith happens to be a doctor.
Patrick Whalen10/14/08
I hope I meet up with a Dr. Benson should I require similar services. However, I hope he tosses the MP3 player to his assistant in private; not in front of the worried family ;)
Verna Cole Mitchell 10/14/08
The doctor truly showed your title for this story.
This narrative wanted me to say, "God bless our Christian doctors."