A surgery was about to be canceled because a man's blood pressure was too high to give him anesthesia. But rather than give up, Dr. Michael Haglund, one of the top cervical surgeons in the country, prayed. Several minutes later, the patient's blood pressure lowered enough so he could be anesthetized, and the surgery was successful.
In an interview with CBN News, Dr. Haglund recalled the incident sharing, "The anesthesiologist comes in the room and says, 'Mike, we're not going to be able to do the surgery.” After questioning why the surgery was going to be canceled, Dr. Haglund recalled the anesthesiologist replying, 'Cause his blood pressure is like 220/120. We can't put someone to sleep with that kind of blood pressure.'
Haglund then asked to pray over the patient before officially canceling the surgery to which the anesthesiologist reportedly responded with, 'Okay, fine, whatever.'"
Dr. Haglund went on to pray for the patient and his blood pressure would eventually drop. "So, I go on, and I pray for him, and he calms down a little bit. It went from 220 down to like 170," Dr. Haglund told CBN News. "We do his surgery, he does great, pain's gone, gets back to work in two weeks," he shared.
The story, however, doesn't end there. Six weeks after surgery, the patient came back to the hospital to tell Dr. Haglund that “something changed.”
"I see him at six weeks, and he comes in. He goes, 'You know that prayer you prayed for me?' And I go, 'Yeah.' He goes 'Something changed. Something's different.' And so like right there in the clinic we like prayed, and he accepted Christ and, you know, that's what it's all about," Dr. Haglund shared.
This isn't the first-time prayer has been documented to work in clinical settings. Three separate studies all found that those who were prayed for did better than those who were not. Additionally, experienced medical researcher H. Richard Casdorph wrote a book in which he investigated 10 miracles and found people with irreversible health conditions were healed after prayer.
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John Paluska has been a contributor for Christian Headlines since 2016 and is the founder of The Washington Gazette, a news outlet he relaunched in 2019 as a response to the constant distribution of fake news.