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Prayers for healing for Dr. Phil Aaron today

By Linda Marcum Waggener

Phillip Reeves Aaron, MD, the doctor of so many in this region for the last four decades, continues to fight for his life. After hearing again there's been no change in his condition, I'm collecting prayer notes and good thoughts that family might read to him on visits -- just in case it's true that a person in a coma really can hear -- and just in case the words of his beloved patients might connect and support his healing.

Dr. Phil, as he has been known since way before the popular television doctor used that title, has been so important in the lives of our family for so long.

Even more than being our doctor and helping make us better right up until a few months ago, to helping us get jobs and, for one of our boys, actually signing a note so he could buy his first car, a fine classic navy blue Honda Civic which he later sold to his younger brother, helping him to have his first car as well. There were so many acts of kindness Dr. Phil Aaron did for so many individuals and organizations in his years here they could fill an encyclopedia.

My prayer for Dr. Phil this day is for our creator to write a prescription that would guide his health providers to actions that would bring him back to full health in every way. He deserves no less.

Dr. Phil came back to Adair County at his father's urging after a new hospital had been built and Dr. Oris Aaron had purchased the old Adair Memorial Hospital and turned it into Aaron Medical Center.

He left vast opportunities in the city and came back to Adair County with two degrees, a law degree and a medical degree, and some of the finest training northeast schools can bestow. In addition to having one of the sharpest minds I've ever known, he has a heart as big as Texas and took on the plight of this medically underserved region with rebellious determination that no man, woman nor child would be turned away, no matter whether they could pay with cash or not.

He opened his office in the old hospital from early morning until midnight, seven days a week, and God bless him, he hired jobless me to do his marketing in a time when it was taboo for any medical doctor to advertise anywhere. Dr. Phil Aaron scoffed at that tradition of medical snobbery and directed me to communicate with the masses so people would know there was a doctor who would serve them and that the need for high dollar visits to the emergency room was greatly reduced.

Imagine the relief of families who had little income, and many with no insurance. Imagine the relief of working moms who no longer had to miss work to take a sick child to the doctor.

Patients came in droves from everywhere around and they paid with what they had -- some with insurance, others with cash and still others paid with items like handmade quilts, canned goods, garden truck, homemade foods, desserts galore and once I saw a payment for his health care services that took the form of prized Rhode Island Reds that got loose and raced flapping and squawking down the long hall before they could be contained.

It was a time of incredible change in the health care industry in this area, fueled in great part because of Dr. Phil's vision, dedication to helping others, his absolute determination -- and of his giving every single ounce of energy he had to give, day in and day out.

And by his having given every ounce of energy he had for so many years to helping others, his own health suffers now and it's time for all of us who have benefited from his gifts, and who feel called to, to give back to him.

Our power is in our words today -- to pray for him, and to share our prayers with him, sending affirmations of our respect and love and treasured memories so he may hear those memories and smile, and he may even laugh again at the memory of chickens racing down the halls of the old hospital and the cans of Lysol that had to be used by dozens of employees to keep the area clean. Sending love so that maybe he will know beyond a shadow of a doubt, beyond his human imperfections and challenges along the way, that his life matters so very much to so many.

If you have a treasured memory and/or a prayer for Dr. Phil, please click "contact" below and write it for this collection.

This story was posted on 2016-05-28 12:35:32
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