Surgery Avoided for Problematic Elbow Fracture

On Easter Sunday 2015, Lynne fell while stepping out of her truck.  She recalls, “I ended up bracing my fall with the arm. And proceeded to fall directly on the black top, the pavement.”

X-rays showed Lynne had minor fractures in her wrist, elbow, and forearm, requiring her to wear a splint and sling for 6-8 weeks.  That was hard enough.

Lynne says, “Being a right-handed individual, all the things I took for granted I definitely did not take for granted anymore.”  

Then one night a few weeks later, Lynne stepped in a hole in her yard and tripped, landing on her injured arm.

Lynne says, at that moment, “I knew I had done more—I knew it.  I had broken it. I mean, it was snapped—I think snapped.”

Afterwards she saw orthopedic specialist Michael Wilson.  Showing a model of the elbow, Michael explains, “This is the radius bone, which Miss Lucas had fractured.  She had broken it right through here. Which, every time you move your arm that bone rotates, so that causes a great deal of discomfort.”  

Lynne had to wear a metal brace that restricted her arm.  Not only did she have to get her daughter Taylor to help around the house, but she couldn’t do what she really wanted.  

Lynne says, “I had a grandson, 5 months old at that point.  And just wonderful.  Was not able to hold him.  And that was really tough.”

Lynne went for a follow-up.   By now it had been three months since she first fell.  The news was not good.    

Michael explains, “Most of the time when you see this bone not healed at three months, it’s not going to heal. And that’s kind of where she was at, and that’s why we had the discussions about doing further treatment, such as surgery, and replacement of that bone because I did not think it was going to heal.”

But Lynne felt differently, because she always believed God would heal her.  She says she “Prayed to Him from the beginning that it would be healed. And never doubting that it would.”  Hearing Michael’s prognosis, Lynne says, “Immediately, I stood up.  And I said no, I’m not going to need an elbow replacement.  Jesus is going to heal me.”

At her doctor’s recommendation, she agreed to meet with a surgeon.  Then a week before the appointment, Lynne was watching The 700 Club.

Lynne recalls, “Sitting there and with that brace on.  All of a sudden, Gordon Robertson starts with a word of knowledge.”

Gordon prayed, “There is someone you have a very painful right elbow. You’ve had a fall, and it’s swollen.  God is healing you. He is taking away all of that pain, the chip, and everything is being restored right now. Begin to do what you couldn’t do before. Begin to move it and realize you have no more pain.”

Lynne exclaims, “You could hear me probably three blocks away.  I’m praising my Savior and shouting it, wow, I knew it. And I took that thing off. I just took it off.  Boom, it was done.”

Lynne kept the appointment with the surgeon, but as Michael explains, there was no need for surgery: “This x-ray was taken one month after the initial injury.  And then three months from this time, this x-ray demonstrates complete healing of the bone.  And you can see the fracture here and the displacement of the bone.  This bone should be in the center.  And then three months later you see that the bone has essentially fully healed and went back to anatomical alignment.  So, she went from this to this, four months after she initially broke it, which is very unusual.  With no surgery.”

Lynne has had no problems since, and she’s able to do everything she could do before the injury, including playing with her grandson.

She says, “To keep up with him, to run with him, to know I can lift him and there’s no discomfort. To be secure in the fact that he’s safe in my arms is absolutely the icing on the cake to all of this.”

Lynne gives all the credit for her healing to God.  She says, “No matter what you face, whether it be financial or physical. Or personal. There’s nothing He can’t handle.”

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