By Rich Brown
It didn't go without a hitch, but the kidney-transplant surgery this week involving two members of Carthage First Christian Church was successful.
Randy Dickerson, 43, donated a kidney to Cecile Woodmansee, 56, at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday. However, the operation that was supposed to take three to five hours went to just more than 10 due to a complication with Dickerson.
"The complication was when he was cut open, doctors found there were two veins running to the main artery to the kidney (instead of one)," said David Cook, minister of First Christian. "The doctors stopped and called a meeting and decided whether to proceed or what to do."
One surgeon was able to convince the rest that he could splice the two veins into one. And with the additional complications came additional time to perform the procedure.
"It was longer than expected but it went well," Cook said.
Although Dickerson has been dealing with a lot of pain following the surgery, Woodmansee, who came out first from the operation, is doing remarkably well, her pastor said.
"In fact, her nurses said they have never seen anybody do as well as she is doing," Cook said. "Her color is back and she looks so much better. And if things continue to go well, she will be able to come home (today). "
Woodmansee is a retired elementary school teacher. She taught 28 years at Webb City.
Dickerson, who was given time off from his job at Leggett & Platt, said early on that his reason for donating the kidney was not only to help Woodmansee regain her health, but, also, "to help somebody out there to get closer to God because of this."
Kevin Wade, recently in Joplin and Carthage with world-acclaimed trumpeter Phil Driscoll, has returned to the area to lead services today and Sunday at three churches.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. today at Camp Joy Ministries, 3125 W. 20th St.; 10 a.m. Sunday at Covenant World Outreach, 2623 Chapel Road, Carthage; and 6 p.m. Sunday at First Assembly of God, 1605 S. Baker St., Carthage.
Wade, a talented keyboardist and organist who excels as a praise and worship leader, is here with his wife, Michele. Both are integral parts of World Changers Church, where more than 6,000 people attend each week at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
In addition to playing and singing with Driscoll, they have served from coast to coast with such world-renowned ministers as David Wilkerson, Morris Cerullo and Benny Hinn, as well as Creflo Dollar, who leads the World Changers Church. Kevin leads the music for WCC.
More details may be obtained by calling Camp Joy Ministries at 434-0615.
John Leibrecht, bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, which includes Joplin, will be on hand Thursday to help McAuley Catholic High School observe Religious Retreat Day.
The bishop, who earlier this month marked the 50th anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood, will give a presentation at 11:30 a.m., which will be followed by lunch, praise and worship at noon.
Thursday activities will begin at 8:05 a.m., when students will meet in their homerooms and get their T-shirts, followed by the presentation of theme posters 15 minutes later. A Mass is scheduled at 8:25 a.m.
The "Leaders of the Pack" will give a dramatic presentation concerning peer issues at 9:30 a.m. followed by a motivational speaker at 10:30 and "Brothers With a Purpose" singing at 11.
Afternoon activities will include reflection time with the various classes at 12:30, scenes from "Godspell" a half-hour later and a presentation by Pax Fiat, missionaries in dance, at 2 p.m.
Address correspondence to Rich Brown, c/o The Joplin Globe, P.O. Box 7, Joplin, MO. 64802.
By Rich Brown
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on Adams doesn’t believe in global warming.
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