The Power of Faith: A Mother’s Prayers for her Dying Son

The Power of Faith: A Mother’s Prayers for her Dying Son

By Connie Drummond

This is a story of a mother’s love for her son and undying faith in God and his love for him that would bring him back to life when a hospital and others had given up. Henry Jackson was diagnosed many times with a bleeding ulcer. But hospitals and doctors are not always right…if they had looked further, what happened to this amazing and wonderful man might have been averted and the agony that befell him and his family might not have occurred.

Connie Drummond takes the reader on a journey for survival- a mother’s faith, a vision that gave her hope and made her stronger. A feeling in her heart and soul that her son would survive and not die kept her going all those weeks before a mother’s prayer was heard:The Survival of her son’s life and the courage she and her daughter–in-law showed to never give up when hopeless and too late was what one staff at one hospital predicted for Henry Jackson is an amazing story that is not just unique to Connie and her family but to others too. One phone call would forever change the course of Connie’s life and would bring to light a very serious situation that is so prevalent today and not just in 1997 when this tragedy took place- hospital neglect, doctor ambivalence and lack of caring from a medical staff. How true are her words and how often have I used them in relation to the care my mom, who has Alzheimer’s received at some of the area hospitals that she spent time in.Henry Jackson suffered massive internal hemorrhaging that drained 90 percent of his blood and caused his hemoglobin level to drop to a life-threatening 1.7. The staff and doctors of Elizabeth General Hospital declared that Henry had 24 hours to live and that they could do nothing for him. His wife, Claudette, had heard about a hospital that did bloodless medicine; she, with Connie’s emphatic support, wanted Henry transferred there. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood contacted the attending doctor at Elizabeth General Hospital about a drug that would help Henry, which could induce his body to produce red blood cells rapidly. The staff of Elizabeth General Hospital did everything to block the transfer from happening including refusing to allow them use of their ambulance to transport him. Instead, they disconnected his life support. To learn just what does happen and how far this amazing woman and her family went to bring her son back to them, you need to read this story for yourself. This is a story that everyone needs to read and remember because it really happened. This is real life and was featured in an article in Time Magazine in August of 1998. Dr. Edwin Deitch the medical director of this bloodless program in an interview explained how Jehovah’s Witnesses went to any lengths to find doctors who would operate with blood. To learn more about what this program and how it helped Henry I have attached the link to that article. is a story that needs to be told and told over and over again. This is one woman’s fight for her son’s life and the support of an incredible wife and amazing family. Thank you for giving me the honor of reviewing this heartfelt, well-told and well-written story. Henry Jackson, you are truly courageous and your story needs to be told and your mother’s voice has now been heard.

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