I don’t recall which news reporters were following my case while I was in the hospital at Travis Air Force Base approximately January 1978. An article was written with a headline something like, “Woman in the Air Force.”
I am writing to praise my Lord and savior Jesus. In January 1978, I made medical history while serving in the U.S. Air Force. I was the oldest person in the U.S. to have patent ductus heart surgery.
This particular heart surgery is normally done when a child is younger than 2, but the Lord sustained me and I was almost 20. I was a guinea pig. I have since seen doctors who told me, “Wow! I studied your case when I was in medical school.”
Praise the Lord, now, 36 years later, my heart is still strong. Even though my spinal cord was damaged as a result of the procedure, I want to shout out. My God is an awesome God. I am still alive, even though they didn’t know if I would live to be 35. Our God is an awesome God. I wish I could figure a way to let the staff, doctors, interns and news reporters know.
The procedure was performed at Travis Air Force Base.
Kathy (Powers) Singleton