The day Pastor Leonard Himes rushed his 63-year-old wife, Claudette, to a local hospital in mid-March, she was feverish, confused and she thought she had the flu.
Nevertheless, Himes, an associate pastor at Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia, told Fox 5: “I prayed with her and I said I loved her, and I said we’re going to trust in the Lord and Savior to heal you.”
Little did Himes know that Claudette would end up testing positive for the new coronavirus and would be hospitalized for the next three weeks with a breathing machine in Emory St. Joseph’s intensive care unit.
“He tells me the stories of how bad it was, what I went through. It was mind-blowing,” Claudette, who has no memory of the battle she fought, said. “I just thought that I had the flu.”
Claudette spent 12 and half days on a ventilator at the hospital and her husband was unable to see her in person for 18 days.
The pastor, who has been married to Claudette for eight years, recalled how challenging it was.
“In a normal circumstance, you can be by the side of your loved one and care for them and pray with them, and be there to at least know what’s going on. But through this pandemic, the severity of it, we had to be totally separate,” he said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair