The Denton Bible Church website reports that Pastor Tommy Nelson had a heart attack this morning.
“As many of you have already heard, at about 10:15 this morning our pastor Tom Nelson was in the church office and developed a severe pain in his chest. Dennis Boots (a fireman and ER guy) was close by and was able to assess the situation very quickly. His wife Teresa was called and she was able to get here very quickly.
“We called 911 immediately and the Fire Dept. responded very quickly. Tom was taken to the hospital and is there now getting care. As the ambulance left Tom was awake and responsive but in a good degree of pain. The evidence right now points to a possible heart attack.
“By God’s providence, a cardiac specialist was close by when Tom arrived at the hospital and they took him straight in to get a Cardiac Catheter. This is good that he was able to get to the hospital so quickly and that he is getting the best care possible so quickly.
“Tom did undergo surgery for a cardiac catheterization. During surgery they found that Tom had a 100% blockage to a single vessel in the heart. They were able to successfully open that up and he is doing very well. The doctor’s say that he has good function to the heart.
“One of our Elders, Dr. Manny Desai said this is an obvious answer to prayer and very good news. Let’s continue to pray and trust in God.”
I will be praying for Tommy’s full recovery. I hope you will too.
Jeff Wiesnerâ€”a former student of mineâ€”is the college life director at DBC, and he is posting updates on the DBC College Life website. He posted the most recent one about 10 minutes ago (central time):
UPDATE – 11:15 am
Tom did undergo surgery for a cardiac catheterization. During surgery they found that Tom had a 100% blockage to a single vessel in the heart. They were able to successfully open that up and he is doing very well. The doctor’s say that he has good function to the heart.
One of our Elders, Dr. Manny Desai said this is an obvious answer to prayer and very good news. Let’s continue to pray and trust in God.
UPDATE – 2:40pm
We have received word from one of our elders that Tom only needed a splint, which worked perfectly!Â He is awake,Â joking with the doctors about “being an old fart,” and has been moved out of ICU.Â They say he should be home in 3 days!
We’ll keep you all updated as to our pastor’s condition through various forms. Please continue to pray for our pastor Tom, our church, our elders as they determine what actions need to take place, and our staff as we operate without our lead pastor.
Trust in Him for whom ALL THINGS are possible.
Praying for Tommy’s speedy recovery! Love that man so much even though I’ve never met him. May God be glorified through all of this.
My prayers and thoughts are with Pastor Tommy. I too have never met him but BOY! does he make you feel like you have. I can honestly say of a man I’ve never met, that he is special. He is a rare jewel. Hallelujah that he is doing well. I look forward to his next testimony from this “test”. And I know humor is going to accompany it. (all the way from the Washington, DC area)
Continue to be a blessing!
Did this really occur, or did he crash from anxiety?