29
May
06

Ross Perot – Round 2

Here's the first word I think of when I hear the name Ross Perot:

Hero

Not what you were expecting? Let me fill you in.

I got an email about 2 months ago about some friends of mine from college, Sarah and Joe, who are missionaries in the middle east. They had just rushed their 10 day old baby, Luke, to the hospital. He'd not been feeding well and was very lethargic. Obviously, that's a terrifying situation for any parent, but on top of that, the hospital customs in that country don't allow parents to see their children. For days they desperately tried to convince the doctors to let them see their baby and finally they were able to go back, but after about 20 seconds, the nurse said, "time's up." They both nearly lost it.

It was finally determined that he had a heart defect. His condition continued to worsen until they realized that they had to get him to the States asap or he would need a medical evacuation or have to undergo intensive neonatal open heart surgery in a third world country.

Ultimately, they had about 12 hours to find tickets, pack, and drive 8 hours to the international airport. They called every airline they could and there were NO tickets. They even called the U.S. Consulate and the U.S. Air Force Evacuation Unit and no one was able to find anything.

Finally, their friend Julie, in the States, called and said she found a ticket and if they wanted it, she'd buy it right then. Of course they agreed. In Julie's rush to find a ticket, she'd called her employer's secretary and told her the story and the secretary told her boss who was Mr. Perot. He couldn't get the situation out of his head, so he called the leading cardiologist at the top children's hospital in the nation and instructed him to call Sarah, who had to make the trip alone since Joe had to stay with their other children, on her cell phone.

Just when she was needing a bit of confirmation rushing to the capital city over 100 miles of rough mountain roads and passes with no shoulder or guard rails, Dr. Thompson called her. He explained to her how to handle the flight with a baby with Luke's condition, and said that he'd have an ambulance waiting at the airport upon their arrival… he also said for her to call him at any time, gave her his cell phone number, and though it would be in the middle of the night he'd leave his cell phone on beside his bed waiting to help them in any way.

Sarah and Luke arrived at the airport on time… to learn that the ticket was First Class! The flight went very well with all the stewardesses learning Luke's story which then spread throughout the plane. He was able to eat actually more than he did the previous day and slept well too. Upon landing, the Captain of the plane welcomed Luke personally to the United States over the intercom system while different ones told Sarah that they were praying for her little baby. As the door of the plane opened a police guard took them right off, then excorted them straight through customs and right outside to an ambulance that rushed them on to the hospital. And there waiting for them at the hospital was Sarah's family and Ross Perot. Luke was immediately admitted to the ICU. Mr. Perot was so concerned about Luke that he'd call and go to the hospital regularly.

Since then Luke has had successful open heart surgery and is now doing great!

I just saw with Sarah and Luke the other day and she told me that their hospital bills totaled almost a quarter of a million dollars. That's a lot money for a couple of missionaries. When they got the final bill in the mail they were shocked to see that they only owed $1,000. What do you think happened to the other $240,000?

Yeah, that's why Mr. Perot is my hero.

Isn't it amazing how God provides?

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12 Responses to “Ross Perot – Round 2”


  1. 1 FancyPants
    May 30, 2006 at 1:09 am

    What an incredible story. I am once again encouraged by a story from Kat. Thanks!

  2. May 30, 2006 at 9:49 am

    Wow, very cool.

    I seem to recall that many years ago (before he ever made a run to be President), Mr. Perot was actively involved in giving generously to various charities. One in particular that I remember watching on TV, he selected a certain number of inner city kids who were good students but very poor, and he offered to pay their way completely through college, no strings attached.

    As I recall, many of them went on to amazing academic achievments, and were able to take advantage of the opportunity that they never would have had otherwise.

  3. 3 Kat
    May 30, 2006 at 10:26 pm

    Cool story Hammer. I think it would be AWESOME to have the funds to do that.

    We, as Americans, often worry about money or whatever, but God can do anything. When it looks like there’s no way, He can get a millionaire, presidential nominee to help out two missionaries in the Middle East.

    I think God has a flair for the dramatic…

  4. May 30, 2006 at 10:32 pm

    What an amazing story. Consider the tenderness of God. I think if I ever have alot of money, I doubt I would for very long because I would do things like this all the time. Sometimes I think that people who are amazingly wealthy are like those with healing powers. They have no idea how many lives they could save.

    Ross Perot demonstrated the love of Christ in his compassion and willingness. I can barely read the story, without tearing up, of the lepor who said to Jesus, “Lord if you are willing, you could make me clean” Jesus said “I am willing”

  5. May 30, 2006 at 10:34 pm

    oh my goodness, talk about sending chills down my spine and tears straight to my eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!! God is great!!!!!!!!!!!!! and so is Ross perot!

  6. June 1, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    Great story. Nice to hear these things and know that they’re actually true and not some made up forward I get in my email inbox. Makes ya wonder why someone that compassionate never made it to the White House. He may have been a little funny looking but I’ve always liked him. He’s a pretty smart business man as well and had really great ideas when he ran for Pres. No one took him seriously enough, unfortunately.

  7. 7 Kat
    June 1, 2006 at 8:08 pm

    Snoopy,
    Thanks for stopping by. Yes, this story encourages and challenges me because I often remember that, though I’m not that rich here in America, in the scope of the world, I’m very wealthy. I hope to be as generous and giving.

  8. June 4, 2006 at 8:54 pm

    thanks for writing this.
    I’m crying right now. I was really in need of being reminded of the goodness of God.

  9. 9 Chris Rule
    June 6, 2006 at 12:01 am

    Ross Perot is a very impressive man out of the limelight. It doesnt suprise me. There was a family at the church I go to at school whose daughter was in a car accident that left her in a coma and then severely paralyzed with little hope of recovery. Somehow the story trickled down to Ross Perot. Since hearing it, he has covered their medical bills as far as I know and bought the family a van to transport the daughter to and from the specialist in Texas who is dealing with the situation. Amazing generosity.

  10. 10 Angela
    August 22, 2006 at 6:48 pm

    This doesn’t suprise me at all, I met a man in Alabama, who had been injured in a helicopter training mission (during peace time). He was severely injured. The Army would only take care of the “usual, customery” charges like we all deal with. Ross Perot stepped in, flew him whereever he needed to go, and flew in the best doctors in the world. He also arranged a private jet to take his wife to meet up with her husband at the hospital. He also let him pilot one of his planes or helicopters. There are too many details to list them all, but he is living proof of the care and generosity of this wonderful man. He lost site in one eye, and has a lot of titanium throughout his body, but he lives a very normal healthy life.

  11. August 22, 2006 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing that story Angela. It’s so great to hear positive stories about the rich and famous. I wonder what our country would look like if everyone who had similar resources to Mr. Perot responded as he does when faced with need.


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