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Rev. Jerry Hull – Open Heart Surgery Success Story

Rejoice and be glad! The Rev. Jerry Hull becomes Methodist Charlton's first open heart surgery patient

The Rev. Jerry Hull, Methodist Charlton's first open heart surgery patientLast fall, the Rev. Jerry Hull spent 21 days with his wife, Kathy, on a rigorous mission trip in Papua New Guinea.

"Our days were filled with teaching, meeting with missionaries, and studying," Rev. Hull says. "I thought I was in pretty good shape, but while walking uphill I felt winded. I just figured I wasn't as fit as I thought."

After the couple returned home, however, Rev. Hull experienced chest pains and shortness of breath one day while working in his yard.

"That's when I contacted my primary care provider," he says.

He was referred to Joseph Bellomo, MD, and Randall Wilson, MD, independently practicing cardiologists on the medical staff at Methodist Charlton Medical Center.

Abnormal stress test results led to a cardiac catheterization procedure to widen obstructed blood vessels. However, the procedure revealed several more serious blockages that required quadruple bypass surgery. The timing of the medical need caused Rev. Hull to become the hospital's first patient in its new open heart surgery program.

The power of prayer

Throughout his hospital stay, the Hulls had a sense of peace. Prayers came from nearby Faith Bible Church in DeSoto, where Rev. Hull has served as the children's pastor for the past 30 years, and from as far away as the missions in Papua New Guinea.

  Physicians on the medical staff at Methodist Charlton – including cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon Thomas Hoang, MD – worked quickly to treat the Rev. Jerry Hull’s heart condition
Physicians on the medical staff at Methodist
Charlton, including cardiovascular & thoracic
surgeon Thomas Hoang, MD, worked
quickly to treat Rev. Jerry Hull's heart condition

Rev. Hull expressed thanks and appreciation to the Lord for protecting and caring for him and his family during this time.

"We felt very uplifted," Mrs. Hull says. "The nursing staff at Methodist Charlton even prayed for us."

Rev. Hull says he sensed the Lord's presence, peace, and care from everyone they met on the Methodist Charlton staff, including his cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, Thomas Hoang, MD, an independently practicing physician on the medical staff.

"He took time and was very thorough in answering our questions," Rev. Hull says. "It was a joy to have him as my physician."

An unexpected first

Rev. Hull says he felt comfortable being the hospital's first open heart surgery patient. Dr. Hoang had explained that although the program at Methodist Charlton was new, the surgery team was very experienced.

"I really sensed the team spirit, and I knew they were well-prepared," Rev. Hull says.

He and his wife also appreciated how much the team wanted him to do well after leaving.

"I'm sure all hospitals feel that way, but the staff at Methodist Charlton was able to communicate it," Mrs. Hull says. "We are so thankful to them for taking care of Jerry so he could come home to us."

To find a provider to help detect heart problems you may have, call 214-947-0000 or visit www.MethodistHealthSystem.org/FindaPhysician.


From the spring 2012 edition of Shine magazine


Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or any of its affiliated hospitals.

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