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Update on Todd by scotthodge
August 19, 2008, 12:17 pm
Filed under: The Orchard

Tuesday, August 19th

Orchard Family,

I’m writing this from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago to give you an update on a young man from our church community named Todd Mitchell.

Last Saturday, Todd collapsed at home after unexpectedly suffering a cardiac arrest.  Tragically, one thing led to another and it has since been discovered that Todd has suffered severe and irreversible brain damage.

What all of this means is that outside of a miracle, Todd’s prognosis for survival is not good.  So as you can imagine, his family is now faced with some pretty tough decisions.

This is obviously a very sad and difficult situation, so please continue to keep Todd, Paula, their kids, family, and loved ones in your prayers today.

At the same time, I want you to know that even in the midst of the shock and grief of the situation, God’s presence and peace is being felt in some very tangible ways right now.  Todd’s family is hopeful, and they are steadfastly resting in God’s promise that He will guide them and walk with them through each step of this journey.   For that, I am so thankful!

I know so many of you are concerned and would love to be around Todd’s family right now, however, we would like to limit visits to family and close friends only at this time.  I would also like to ask that phone calls to the family and hospital be kept at a minimum right now as well.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support.  I know it means so much to the Mitchell family!  They are extremely thankful for the outpouring of love they are experiencing from all of you.

Please feel free to leave a comment here on this blog.  We will be sure to forward them all to Paula.

And check back periodically for updates.

Love and appreciate you all!

Scott Hodge
Lead Pastor, The Orchard


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You don’t know me personally. I am part of the Orchard family. I just want you to know that you, your family and Todd are in my prayers day and night. My heart just breaks for you. I’m praying that Todd is one of those miracles that God shows us occasionally.
Mary Ann Angelico and family

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