Miraculous healing for LDS mission president's wife in Tennessee

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  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 5, 2013 11:35 p.m.

    I don't mean to pry or be in any way disrespectful, because I have dealt with the head injury of a loved one so I know what these people have been through. But in a case like this which must have run up monstrous (!) medical bills, I'd like to know something about how they avoided bankruptcy (if in fact they have). I realize some of this is very personal, but we need to share these kinds of information. One of the problems we have with health care is that there is so much silence about cost and charges. Perhaps the paper could prepare a composite of such experiences and present a summary - that would preserve privacy.

  • jaredc Kearns, UT
    July 4, 2013 11:55 p.m.

    Awesome article and story. The McKee's are an inspiration to so many, before and after this story! Our prayers are with Bill & RaNae McKee and family!

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    July 2, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    Miracles happen all of the time - yet have nothing to do with righteousness, religion, or faith. Absolutely nothing. Miracles happen to members of every faith, non believers, criminals. People of faith have bad things happen to them. That includes faithful mormons. Bad people have good things happen to them. There seems to be no reasoning behind it, just plain luck.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    June 27, 2013 6:04 p.m.


    Thank you for your feedback.
    I understand your point of view.

    The person who refused medical help was a nurse. She knew what would happen to her in the emergency room and hospital, felt also it would not necessarily help to follow that course, might actually make things worse worrying about how to pay the enormous costs. It was entirely her call.

    In a slightly different vein I knew another nurse (I know quite a few) who refused the proffered bypass operation and insisted upon a stint as the former is frequently fatal. I know of traditional medical doctors who sceptically refuse conventional cancer therapies.

    As for "doing all you can" to me that means observing the "Word of Wisdom", a course which would preclude most of the heart problems that are our number one killers. If I hadn't done this before a heart attack, I would change my ways afterwards - pronto. Heart disease can usually be reversed in this way; that I do know.

    You didn't mention the counsel not to become indebted except for home ownership or education.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    June 27, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    To all of you "Doubters" it was a miracle to this family and that is all that matters. You do not have to get hit by a Mack truck to know..

  • ThereAndBack Ogden, UT
    June 26, 2013 11:04 p.m.

    To MapleDon... Yes, actually a miracle. The article did not discuss a priesthood blessing that was given at the most critical time of this crisis. Nor did it include the message of that blessing. Likely because the family felt it was too sacred to report in a newspaper. I'm assuming they chose not to "give that which is holy unto the dogs..." if you know what I mean.

    To all others... I am glad to know that the McKee's are doing well and they have served the Nashville Mission with incredible honor. I'm not sure it's my place to submit this... but I know the new Mission President and his wife extremely well and I can assure you that this mission will continue to be blessed with the very best that the Lord has to offer.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    June 26, 2013 10:25 p.m.

    It seems to me the writer has confused "miracles" with "misfortunes" or even "bad luck". I'm glad Sr. McKee has been doing better of late, but this has been a horrible experience. Best wishes to her and her family.

    However, can we just share a story without trying to construct a "miracle"? This reminds me of the story of that LDS missionary who hopped a fence at a Guatemalan zoo not too long ago and was chewed up by lions. Again, the Deseret News attempted to construe "miracles" from the results of reckless behavior. A miracle would have been for the lions to have left him alone. That didn't happen.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    June 26, 2013 9:41 p.m.

    Not everyone defines or describes miracles in the same way. It sounds miraculous to me, and a great story as well. The family and the mission president's wife are examples we can all appreciate.

  • Shelama SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 26, 2013 6:50 p.m.

    Definitely gratifying and inspiring and fortunate, with a lot of extraordinarily intense and professional care and intervention.

    But a "miracle"?

  • SLCMom Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2013 4:46 p.m.

    My daughter is currently serving in this incredible mission. What a blessing it has been to get to know and love the McKees! There are no words to describe what it's been like to watch their miracle unfold day by day. The story told here is just the tip of the iceberg. None of us knew what would happen from hour to hour as we lived through it. Our family has followed their blog from the beginning. We have wept and prayed and fasted and worried over them every day, along with thousands of others. The Tennessee Nashville Mission wont be the same without them, and will miss them terribly. They have truly set the bar as high as it goes for what it means to give "selfless service". We love them so dearly. We will forever have them in our hearts, and pray for Sister McKee's continued recovery. She has had recent setbacks and additional surgery and miracles since this article was written. We pray for their family to have a smooth transition as they make the next leap of faith on their journey. God Bless them.

  • riceboyler Nashville, TN
    June 26, 2013 3:11 p.m.

    We have witnessed miracles in the Mission thanks to the service and efforts of the McKees, and we are sad to be losing them. We all pray for a full recovery for Sister McKee and that they'll be able to return to visit and see the fruits of their labors.

  • Darwin Richardson Ukiah, CA
    June 26, 2013 1:56 p.m.

    I grew up in Inkom, Idaho with the McKee family. This family is one of the most loving, hard working, faithful families I have ever known. I cannot think of a more wonderful and worthy family for the Lord to provide a miracle to.

  • Netterella ST. GEORGE, UT
    June 26, 2013 12:18 p.m.

    Gildas...my thoughts on your comments...

    While the scriptures do not directly promote doctors and hospitals, they do direct us to do all we can. I believe that doctors and hospitals have been made available for us to use when we need extra help. The Lord tells us to have faith in Him and to do our part. Using the expertise of the doctors is doing our part.

    While you're right about the financial hardships it can cost, wouldn't you rather have your family with you and pay the steep costs forever, than to turn your back on the medical care that is available. When we are advised not to go into debt, I believe that is for things that we do not need. Some things cannot be helped and a life is certainly worth it, no matter what the cost.

    My prayers are with Sis McKee and her wonderful family. What a great story of faith and courage and perseverance...it so inspired me to be able to face my challenges head on.

  • Mel50 Nashville, TN
    June 26, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    I live in Nashville and have come to love this wonderful family. I pray Heavenly Father continues to watch over them and bless them as they return home and start the next phase of their lives.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    June 26, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    It's comforting to know that miracles still happen.
    There is one closely related issue that immediately
    presented itself as I read this, which I hope you will

    Miracles are a good thing to be sure because the cost of hospital care
    apparently bankrupts many families. Of course you can always
    seek "health care" and fight for a reduction in the bill afterwards.

    One person I know refused to go to hospital during
    a heart attack because of the expectation of tens of thousands of
    dollars in hospital bills once a person is moved to hospital for a couple
    of days. I could not answer this objection; apparently the only
    alternative is to fight the hospital afterwards for a downward
    modification in the amount billed. It can destroy people financially.

    Whether there is private health care or government health care this
    will probably continue to be a problem as "health care" costs only go one way - Up!

    Scriptures do not promote doctors and hospitals I notice, and we are told
    not to get in debt except for education or home ownership. Any comments?

  • Unclefred Ticonderoga, NY
    June 26, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    In 2004, while serving at Girls camp, my wife Holly had a major blead stroke. She was in ICU for several weeks, and in the hospital for three months. At first she could not talk, see well or do numbers. She still has issues reading, but when I arrived at the hospital, and took her hand, she looked at me (not knowing my name, or for that matter, her name), and said Temple, and squeezed my hand.. If you are in the right place at the right time, miracles do happen...

  • caf Bountiful, UT
    June 26, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    My son was privileged to be in Nashville for a little over a month while waiting for his Australian VISA. He thought highly of Pres. and Sister McKee. I am sure that he is a better person for having known them for a little while.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    June 26, 2013 8:11 a.m.

    My heart was certainly lifted and my soul humbled as I read every word of this story. There were tears, smiles and a strong hope that this family, especially the wife would persevere and overcome this awful challenge. It seems they are doing that and it's given me hope and more determination to conquer the challenges I have with health and just life. We always think our challenges are the worst until we are privy to stories such as this. I pray the Lord's choicest blessings will continue with them.

  • Mrs TAP Bountiful, UT
    June 26, 2013 7:36 a.m.

    For months, I have been praying for this wonderful woman at the FB request of The Nashville Tribute Band. Yes, it is truly a miracle, and I am very happy for her and her loving family that our Heavenly Father still had some work left for her to do here!

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    June 26, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    This can be a motto for us all: "I can do hard things!" Thanks for sharing this inspiring story. Good luck to the McKees in their life story. They will continue to help strengthen and inspire many, many people.