From Press Reports
Dr. Keenan Wilson is back on duty in the Emergency Department of North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora after spending time in Africa.
Last July, Dr. Wilson took a six-month leave of absence from his job to take his family to serve in Nalerigu, Ghana in West Africa. Dr. Wilson worked at the Baptist Medical Center, a mission hospital there, and the family lived on the hospital compound.
This was the next natural step for the Wilsons, as they have been involved in short-term mission work for about seven years. They have served in Ukraine, Bulgaria and Greece on multiple occasions.
The Wilsons, of Winona, felt God leading them to a longer time of mission involvement and sought his leadership. The Wilsons have a friend who is a career missionary doctor in Ghana who had invited them several times to come visit them and volunteer at the hospital.
This time they accepted his invitation. The hospital serves a large area in the northern region of Ghana. In fact, people even come from neighboring countries for the competent, compassionate care for which BMC is known.
2 Miracles in 1 By far, the most common ailment Dr. Wilson treated there was malaria, but also saw typhoid fever, wounds and snakebites. The most common snakebite there is from the carpet viper. Its venom causes the victim’s blood to become thin and not clot. Without the antivenom, a person can bleed to death. He remembers one particular case well.
“I was on call one night and was called to see a very critical patient who was 30 weeks pregnant, had been snakebitten and was bleeding. We had already given her several doses of the antivenom, but it wasn’t stopping her bleeding. The stress to her body had already caused her to deliver her pre-term baby and now she was literally bleeding to death.
“We tried all the usual measures that we had available there to slow down the bleeding, but nothing was working. I didn’t understand their language, but while her family was talking, I heard ‘A positive.’ I asked them, with the help of a translator, ‘Is she A positive?’ She was, but there is no blood bank there and no family member was compatible.
“Thankfully, her doctor WAS compatible. I had been praying that the LORD would show me how I could save this woman. This was his answer. I quickly went to the lab and donated blood and took it back to her bedside. As she received the infusion, the bleeding stopped and her condition improved.
“Through this, I was able to tell the patient about the blood that Jesus Christ gave sacrificially to give us life — eternal life. She listened and believed. I told the nurses, ‘Too bad her baby was too premature to make it.’ They said, ‘Oh, doctor, the baby is alive and well in the maternity ward!’ I could not believe it. I had just witnessed two miracles in one!”
Family Also Busy While Dr. Wilson was busy at the hospital seven days a week, his family was also busy. His wife homeschooled their children (6th-, 9th- and 12th-graders) and they were involved in a variety of ministries in the community. They did much work at the orphanage and a nearby “outcast camp” where ladies go who have been accused of witchcraft.
Dr. Wilson’s son helped work at a chicken farm that sold eggs to support the orphanage. They were also involved in on-campus ministries through the nutrition center as well as off-campus with community children, schools and local churches.
When asked if he thinks they will ever return to Ghana, Dr. Wilson replies, “We are open to go wherever God sends us. Our lives are his to spend. Our time in Ghana was one of the greatest times we have ever shared as a family. God was faithful to prepare and provide for us throughout our journey to Ghana and back. There’s no greater joy than in serving our Lord.”
To read more about the Wilson family, check out its blog at five followers. blogspot.com.