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Miracle at Mercy Hospital

Miracle at Mercy Hospital

by David C. Swenson

Fiction, 220 pages

Welcome to the often chaotic world of fire and rescue, paramedics, and emergency medicine. Meet trauma surgeon, Dr. Ben Bradley, and his surgical team as they explore the essence of human life with a controversial prototype machine that can help them diagnose and treat patients at Mercy Hospital’s Emergency Department.

Ben’s memories of his own childhood experiences compel him to find the connection between physical and spiritual, between life and afterlife. He has enlisted the help of the hospital’s Assistant Chaplain, Sister Celeste McFarlane, to minister to his patients in surgery. Working together in the margins between a skeptical medical community and a deeply suspicious religious community, they are caught up in a crime spree after they save the life of a troubled teenaged assault victim.

Join them on a four-day journey that transforms their lives.

Author’s comments on Miracle at Mercy Hospital

This is a story about Emergency medicine, fire and rescue, and spiritual encounters. It may sound like an odd combination, but for most of us, times of acute physical distress are times of greatest spiritual activity. The story utilizes a fictitious machine, called the EEFM, or Electromagnetic Energy Field Monitor that can detect the energy field that many believe exists in the body. It is designed to infuse healing energy into patients at times of physical distress to strengthen the patient and stop them from dying. I felt it was a great tool to get the story going.

This novel weaves many complex and difficult-to-describe images into a story about spiritual and mystical encounters. I have tried to sensitively weave pieces of experiences shared with me by many people and years of casual reading about these phenomena and treating them as real.

I have tried to make out-of-body experiences and encounters with angels, souls, and other beings feel natural, especially in life and death situations. I have written characters in who provide a strong sense of good and evil.

Many beautiful and touching stories will never be shared because they happened to people who dare not reveal them publicly for fear of negative reactions by friends, family, physicians, and pastors.

Medical and scientific professionals must use caution to protect their standings with their colleagues. A high percentage of priests and pastors have very strong negative attitudes about spiritual phenomena, especially when they occur without their watchful supervision and inspiration. I have taken an irreverent look at the insensitive treatment given from many sides and shown empathy toward those who are caught in the voids between science and religion.