Apr. 12: The Ex Vivo Miracle

Rita Saverino, a wife and mother of two in New York City, was diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized cancerous tumor behind her liver. The only way to get it out and make sure the cancer was removed from the surrounding areas was to perform an “ex vivo” surgery.

That meant Saverino’s abdominal organs—her liver, stomach, kidney, and intestines—would be surgically removed, operated on outside her body, then replaced into her body once the tumor was out.

Seven surgeons told Saverino this procedure couldn’t be done, until she found Dr. Tomoaki Kato at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is one of the only surgeons in the world willing to perform this cutting edge procedure.

As shown on the ABC reality series NY Med, the surgery lasted 18 hours, but was successful.  It gave Saverino a new lease on life, and a greater appreciation for how precious every day with her family is. She said, “Life is fragile. Life is precious. I believe in miracles.”

Confidence brings a great reward.  (Hebrews 10:35)

Lead me to healing in all my afflictions, Lord.

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