Posted: February 13, 2010 in Uncategorized


  • I was sitting at our glass table writing a blog on the computer when the earthquake it.  Our two large mastiffs were lying on the floor next to the table.  I, for some reason, thought that the dogs should have given at least a several second warning as I heard that they have been known to do stuff like that.  It seems that they were taken by surprise just as I was.
  • I felt sad that a couple days after the earthquake we treated a guy who came in without his hand which had just been cut off in a machete fight.  He survived the earthquake without injury only to lose his hand in a machete fight.
  • I felt sad last week when we on the way to the inner city to bring in the injured passed a woman who had it appeared been killed when she was hit by a car as she crossed the street.  She survived the earthquake only to lose her life by getting hit by a car.
  • CRYING WHEN THEY COME AND CRYING WHEN THEY LEAVE: Often when we receive patients they are in tremendous pain as they come in with serious painful injuries.  They often come in crying or moaning in agony.  They after several days of Heartline’s special care, end crying again when it is time for them to leave.  They often say that they don’t want to leave as they have receive such quality care and have been treated with love and respect and have experienced community.
  • Today I brought a few patients to another clinic where they received x-rays to determine the extent of their injuries.  One guy, who somehow found us last week, has some type of metal apparatus attached to his leg which is attached to five rods which screw into the bone in his leg.  He was in a motorcycle accident and had this metal thing screwed into his leg bone since July 2009.  His leg was kind of swollen and I was told by the doctors that this thing should have been removed months ago.  So I brought him with me today to the other clinic where his leg was x-rayed and it was decided that the doctors would take of the device and unscrew from his leg bone the five rods.   Now I don’t know this guy real well, but I know that he works security for a local government official.  Or he has a badge that says this and he has told me as well.  He said that he usually has a gun, which I can believe, but when off duty he carries with him a big sharp knife, which I have seen.  So when he went into the room to have this metal thing removed, I went with him to translate.  I insisted that he give me the knife first as I wasn’t sure how happy he would be when the unscrewing started.  The doctor was a tad wide eyed when he gave me the knife and the guy made lots of noises and did some shaking as the doctor with a pair of vice grips unscrewed the rods.  After it was all finished, he was very happy and was hugging everyone in the room.  I was glad for him and I gave the knife back when we got back to our field hospital.




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John McHoul

  1. Carmen says:

    Ephesians 3: 14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

  2. Chris says:

    A prayer for all of you at Heartline:Lord, You have the name that is above all names. You are Lord forever and there is no one who can challenge Your authority and power. You rule forever and ever, and there is no end to Your Kingdom. I bring myself before Your throne of grace, and ask that You would look upon me with Your favor. Your word says that You give strength to the weary, so I ask that You would strengthen me. Bless me Lord with Your presence, and encourage my heart. Remind me of Your faithfulness and Your love that I might stand in faith against the issues that I face. I ask You Lord to minister fresh strength and joy to me. I agree with Your word that says Your plans for me are to give me hope and a future, let it be so, according to Your will. I pray in Jesus mighty name, Amen!

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