Just received this email from the clerk of the Central South Presbytery…
Chris is a close friend of mine…please keep him and his family in your prayers. May God’s Sovereign Will prevail
It is with great sadness that I write to you the same day in which an earlier email appeared so encouraging.
To avoid further confusion, let me offer to you what Melinda, Chris’ wife, has just now reported.
The “optimistic” email of this morning was based on erroneous remarks to Melinda by an attending nurse.
The oncologist’s “preliminary findings,” based on bone marrow biopsy, are that Chris has leukemia, possibly lymphoma
Symptoms do resemble Gullian-Barre’ Syndrome but cancer/leukemia toxcins account for the same symptoms
Final and more detailed findings/conclusions will be forthcoming
The news for the Curtis’ family is most disappointing.
I hesitated writing until I received a more definitive report from Melinda. But suffice it to say that your prayers are needed even more as we offer pastoral care over great distances. May the Lord be ever present with the Curtis family and in your prayers for them. As soon as I receive Melinda’s definitive report from the doctors, I’ll email you the same.
Yours very truly in Christ,
lease remember Rev. Chris Curtis of Faith EPC Covington LA. He was admitted to the intensive care unit of a Denver Colorado hospital last Friday. During the General Assembly, Chris lost motor control, became unable to rise from sitting and could not walk unaided. His wife, Melinda, and two daughters await the findings from the hospital’s administered tests. Chris and Melinda Curtis are most needful of your prayers. The tentative diagnosis is a condition known as Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome.
As of this Sunday, there is the added complication of falling white blood count. This situation is obviously in the wrong direction and is creating greater concern for Chris’ prognosis. Treatment for Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome continues. Chris remains wakeful, alert and well aware of developments.
I will make arrangements for Chris and Melinda to have benefit of pastoral care from our brothers and sisters in the Presbytery of the West. Also, I will keep you updated on any new developments.
Yours in Christ always,
Dennis C. Flach, Stated Clerk
Central South Presbytery