Miracle in Kentucky
Testimony by Ron Harr
Miracle = "An event or effect in the physical world deviating from the known laws of nature, or transcending our knowledge of these laws. (Webster's Collegiate Dictionary 1947-when words were words)
In June 1997 Brother Cliff Dispennette of Newport Kentucky was told by the head surgeon at the Veterans Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio that they would have to amputate his leg below the knee because his foot was ate up with gangrene all the way to the bone. I was present when this was told to him and his wife and the Doctor said he had never seen anyone be healed with their foot in this condition considering the fact Cliff was a diabetic and now it was revealed he had had several heart attacks recently which also restricted blood flow to the foot. I told Cliff there was no way I could ever look at his foot and believe God could heal that mess but we would pray and believe and look to what the Word of God says that they would lay hands on the sick and they would recover. The team of doctors had went in with an electric knife and scraped the bone on the bottom of the foot to remove the gangrene and told Cliff that there was no hope to save the leg.
Cliff told his family and the doctors he would like to talk to the Lord about this amputation and requested to leave the hospital for a few days to pray and so forth. Cliff was told that he should have the surgery immediately because he was in severe danger because of the gangrene spreading rapidly and could even pose a threat to his very life. The whole bottom of his foot looked like raw hamburger that sat in the sun for three days and even the nurses had trouble looking at his foot which stunk so bad they had to rinse it with a solution of bleach and water.
They all thought Cliff wanted to leave the hospital to kill himself and reluctantly they gave in to his request to leave the hospital to seek the Lord. Cliff felt led to come to my church where we believe the Message of the Hour and at the close of the service the pastor, Brian Kocourek, called Cliff up to the front and then asked me to come up. I will never forget as long as I live the words this man of God spoke "Satan, I command you to come out of this mans foot right now in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ." Brian told brother Cliff after the prayer that he was healed and to go away believing and as he believed he would be healed "according to your faith" it will be done. Brian knew by the authority of Gods vindicated prophet William Marrion Branham that was a spirit in Cliffs foot that would not let that foot heal and every time the doctors cut away dead skin the devil would go deeper with his infectious spirit. I was at my wits end and did not know what to do to help my friend but praise God as I had fasted and prayed along with many others God worked the drama to his own glory as the prophet said one fasts and another casts out devils amen!
As we began to believe the Lord for the miraculous and seemingly impossible healing God began day by day to restore new skin on a foot that was nearly gone. Morning to evening we could see new skin develop and fill in the hole where the devil had infected Cliffs foot. After one year the foot was almost completely healed and according to what the Man of God had spoke at the altar at Grace Fellowship Tabernacle in Highland Heights Kentucky the foot was restored as the faith was appropriated. I want to add something here that as it was spoken according to your faith so be it. In other words as Cliff daily believed, God provided for He is Jehovah Rapha meaning the Lord is present to heal. The prophet William Branham stated mustard seen faith will bring you out and as you believe the mountain will be moved. It may only be one piece of dirt or one piece of Gangrene at a time but it will bring you out and cause the Miracle to happen. If you have any doubt as to what is stated here you are welcome to email brother Cliff or Brother Brian as the Bible states in the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established. I take the time now to Praise the Lord for the great Prophet William Branham and the knowledge God brought through William Branham to bring about the healing in Cliffs foot.
It was Brother Branham who told us that this was a spirit (a devil) causing this and I thank God for a man of God as Brian Kocourek who by diligent study of Gods Word knew what to do in casting out the devils in brother Cliffs foot as that was the beginning of the miracle. We ought to be a little more careful to thank God for all He has done and to thank Him for God sent men who know the Lord and His Word. Thank you Brother Branham wherever you are in Gods presence that you like Abel of old being "dead yet speaketh." The Message lives on and we thank you God for your great grace to us unworthy creatures and that you have made us worthy by the blood of your Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Look at the picture of the foot real good as it looks today and this should increase your faith for your own healing if you have need of it! Keep in mind this foot was gone from an inch an a half down from the bottom of the toes to the heal to the very bone. (3-11-00)
Apr 15, 2004
HISTORY OF PRESENT ILLNESS: The patient is a 58 year old white male who stepped on a nail approximately two to four weeks prior to 04-08-97.
The patient began having increased pain, redness, and warmth at the site. Secondary to the patient's peripheral neuropathy and inability to feel, the wound had increased in size and gotten infected.
The patient was admitted for observation and surgical intervention of the left lower extremity infection.
HOSPITAL COURSE: On date of admission, it was noted that the patient had electrocardiogram changes consistent with ischemic changes of the heart.
The patient did undergo local incision and drainage of the left lower extremity infection and was taken to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit postoperatively Swan'd and monitored very closely. The patient's fluid status was adjusted while in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and cardiac workup was initiated. The patient was started on intravenous antibiotics secondary to the left lower extremity infection. The patient was stabilized in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. He was transferred to the regular floor and cardiac catheterization was undertaken.
The cardiac catheterization revealed a 40 to 50% stenosis in the left main, a 60% stenosis in the mid left anterior descending, a subtotal occlusion in the mid right coronary artery, and two totally occluded marginal branches.
The patient's left ventricular ejection fraction was noted to be 61% by multiple gated acquisition scan. Secondary to the patient's coronary lesion, the patient was offered, surgical intervention which the patient denied and decided to be treated medically.
The patient was then started upon discharge on Lisinopril and Isordil and remained on Atenolol.
For the left lower extremity foot infection, the patient will remain receiving twice a day dressing changes Home Healthcare. The patient will followup in clinic with the Surgery I Clinic next week and additionally will be followed up by Cardiology.
Steven Goebel, M.D.
PATIENT NAME AND ADDRESS (Mechanical imprinting, if available)
DISPENNETTE, CLIFFORD 426 KETURAH STREET NEWPORT, KENTUCKY 41071
VISTA Electronic Medical Documentation
Printed at CINCINNATI
Apr 15, 2004
4. Cimetidine 400 mg p.o. b.i.d.
5. Glyburide 10 mg p.o.b.i.d. - .
6. Percocet 1-2 p.o. q4-6h. p.r.n. pain.
DISPOSITION AND FOLLOW-UP: Disposition will be to home with the assistance of Home Health Care for b.i.d. dressing changes and follow-up will be with Surgery Clinic on 07-03-97.
ACTIVITY LIMITATIONS: The patient may walk on foot as tolerated. He is to perform twice daily dressing changes with 1/4 strength Dakin solution with the assistance of home nursing and he may shower with his dressing off.
HISTORY OF PRESENT ILLNESS: The patient is a 57 year old gentleman with non-Insulin dependent diabetes, who stepped on a nail in early June. The nail lodged in his left heel and was removed by the patient. Over subsequent weeks he has had no enlarging ulcer in that area. Prior to admission, he was status post a prior debridement in early June but infection has continued to persist and spread. He denies any systemic symptoms of infection such as fevers, chills, nausea or vomiting.
PAST MEDICAL HISTORY: Other significant past medical history includes non-Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus with diabetic neuropathy and hypertension.
HOSPITAL COURSE: The patient was admitted via Same Day Surgery on 06-18-97. After placement of an ankle block by Anesthesia, he was taken to the operating room where he underwent wound irrigation and debridement of his left foot. Introperative findings included necrotic plantar fascia over calcaneous. This was debrided back to viable margins. The outer table of the calcaneous was debrided with a bur. The wound was irrigated with 3 liters of normal saline via Pulsavac. The patient tolerated the procedure well and there were no apparent complications. After a brief stay in the Postanesthesia Care Unit, he was transferred to 5 South for the remainder of his hospital course.
While on 5 South, he was administered p.o. Cipro, daily whirlpool and q. shift dressing changes with normal saline. Two days postoperatively, recurrence of necrotic tissue was noted in the foot wound. At this point he was switched to 1/4 strength Dakins solution. We continued to examine his foot daily and noted progressive development of necrotic tissue over his bony surfaces and posterior aspects of his foot. During this time, he did remain afebrile with normal white counts. He was kept until 06-27-97 to closely observe the foot.
Prior to discharge, a long discussion occurred between the patient. Dr. Molloy and Dr. Tsuei regarding the prognosis for the patient's foot. At this point, the patient plans to consider his options including a possible amputation below the knee. He does not want to pursue this option during this hospital admission but wishes to go home and think about it. We will discharge him home with b.i.d. Dakin wet to dry dressing changes and he will return to clinic on 07-03-97 for re-examination of the foot and discussion of options at that point. He is to have LEA's prior to discharge today since his last set was in 1994. The results of those LEA's are unavailable at this point. He will also be discharged on his routine medications in addition to Ciprofloxacin 500 mg b.i.d.
MARY OSTERLUND, M.D.
Dictated by: Job#: 4236 T: 06-28-97
/s/ MARK MOLLOY
Signed: 09/12/1997 00:00
Marked signed on chart by:
/s/ MARK MOLLOY
Cosigned: 09/12/1997 00:00
Marked cosigned on chart by:
TITLE: Discharge Summary ADMIN DATE: APR 08, 1997 DICT DATE: APR 18, 1997 DICTATED BY:
DISCH. DATE: APR 18, 1997 ENTRY DATE: APR 22, 1997 EXP COSIGNER:
1. Left lower extremity foot infection.
2. Coronary artery disease.
3. Non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus.