Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas story: Physical therapy executive becomes a patient, suffers organ failure, receives greatest gift after countless prayers


Mike Haskey/mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.comPatrick and Susan Graham, and their daughters, Mary Frances, left, and Katie Claire, pose for a photograph in the family's Columbus home. Mike Haskey

He was too sick to decorate the tree. He was too sick to drive his family around town and enjoy the lights. He was too sick to videotape them opening presents.

Christmas 2014 was more about hoping Patrick Graham would see the new year than anything Santa would bring to their Columbus home.

So as Susan prayed for her husband, and as Mary Frances and Katie Claire prayed for their father, they added this strange yet loving request: They asked God for Patrick to be sick enough to qualify for a liver transplant.

Years of battling two diseases had put Patrick, now 50, in a wheelchair and withered his 6-foot-3 frame from 215 pounds to eventually 135. His health hung in the exasperating purgatory between too sick to survive without a new liver and not sick enough to receive one.

So after Patrick overcame overwhelming odds, after countless prayers from countless folks, after what some have called a miracle, his family jokes they might have prayed a bit too hard for Patrick to be sicker. Continue reading

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