Pray for little Braedon Hembree in South Carolina-Truth! But resolved!
Pray for Braedon Hembree in South Carolina-Truth! & Resolved!
Summary of eRumor:
A message from a doctor asking for prayer for little Braedon Hembree from Clinton, South Carolina. The message says 20-month-old Braedon is very sick with double pneumonia and on life support.
The Truth:This story has a happy ending. Braedon survived his illness and returned home on March 24, 2000. The email (below)
initially included the address and telephone number of Dr. Durham, the originator of the message. His staff still gets phone calls
about it, too many. They are pleading with people to spread the word that Braedon is fine.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
This little guy needs all the prayers he can get. Please pray for him and pass it on. Note that his doctor is the one starting the prayer chain!
Grace and Peace,
Prayers are needed for Braedon Hembree and his family. Everyone
with a mailing list, please forward to as many people as are on your
I, Dr. J. Matthew Durham, am writing to you now to ask for your help.
I do not really know how to start a prayer chain, but we need a
miracle. Braedon is just a 20-month-old baby boy in Clinton,South Carolina. A few weeks ago his parents took him to Lauren’s Country Hospital with double
pneumonia (both lungs). The next night he was transferred to Greenville Memorial Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in critical condition. He is in a “coma like” state and on a respirator battling viral pneumonia. Braedon is only 20 months old and very weak. He is recognizing voices, as his heart rate goes up when they sing/talk to him, it especially got
stronger when his big sister, Krista, talked with him. The doctor says
this is good and this makes him think that Braedon’s brain is doing fine.
However, the doctors are perplexed by the type of viral pneumonia he
is fighting. There is a hole in his lung that may require surgery.
Braedon, has recently taken a turn for the worst. His blood pressure is extremely high, leading the doctors to think he is having seizures or
strokes. He now has 18 chest tubes and lots of scar tissue building in
his lungs. The right lung has no healthy tissue at all, but at this
point he would not survive a lung transplant. He is still on life support and may be on it for a long time.
The family appreciates all your prayers and they continue to have
lots of hope for improvement. I am told the family’s faith is such that they
are expecting a miracle soon. Be a part of that miracle. The power of
prayer is great. I ask for your prayers on their behalf.
Please pray for Braedon’s healing and for strength and comfort for
his family. He is only 20 months old. I am asking you to send this letter,
or copies of it, to everybody you can think of that will pray for Braedon.
Please also take his name to your church and church groups and ask
others to pray for his healing.
Many thanks and may God bless each one of you who cares enough to
pray for a little boy’s life. I am asking that each and every one of you
please forward this on to everyone that you know. Please take time to do this right now.
God Bless You, PLEASE READ, PRAY, THEN FORWARD.
EMERGENCY PRAYER REQUEST.
Dr. J. Matthew Durham