John and Beth Warnhoff
EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s been one year since John Warnhoff received a healing miracle in January 2017. In celebration, his wife decided to share his story to provide hope and inspiration for others.
After three heart surgeries at the Medical Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky, surgeons determined that my husband’s mitral valve had burst and he needed to be rushed to St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. It is one of the few places in the country equipped to do mitral valve repairs.
Actually, John needed a heart transplant but his condition was so severe that he had less than a 12 percent chance of surviving such a surgery. Besides, he was too old for a transplant according to Medicare stipulations.
When more testing was done at the Nashville hospital, a severe blood infection was discovered and had to be cleared up before any surgery could be done. That meant doctors had to remove his pacemaker and defibrillator. Finally, he was cleared for surgery.
Needless to say, John was extremely anxious the night before the surgery especially since he knew surgeons would have to create a hole in the back of his heart in order to insert the instruments to do the repair – and then plug it back up. He knew how risky this was and that he might not survive.
That’s when everything changed. He says he had a visitation from God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. In this conversation, John expressed his desire to go on to heaven but God told him that He would be with him during the surgery. He also told John not to be anxious and that he had a purpose for his life.
The next morning, the surgeon was prepared to implant five tiny clips to hold together John’s “floppy” valve segments. After the second clip, everything changed. John’s medical stats suddenly went from severe to trivial. No other clips were needed.
After recovery, John asked his surgeon if something had occurred right after the second clip. The surgeon told him that indeed things changed in a matter of minutes.
In total, John had nine procedures in two and a half weeks, each one requiring anesthesia.
A year later, John is doing well, has renewed energy and exercises every day. His EKG is normal and his doctor doesn’t understand why John’s heart seems to be repairing itself. So, his miracle continues.