Scott Hodge


Update on Todd

Aug 19, 2008

Tuesday, August 19th

Orchard Family and Blog Friends,

I’m writing this from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago to give you an update on a young man from our church community named Todd Mitchell.

Last Saturday, Todd collapsed at home after unexpectedly suffering a cardiac arrest.  Tragically, one thing led to another and it has since been discovered that Todd has suffered severe and irreversible brain damage. 

What all of this means is that outside of a miracle, Todd’s prognosis for survival is not good.  So as you can imagine, his family is now faced with some pretty tough decisions. 

This is obviously a very sad and difficult situation, so please continue to keep Todd, Paula, their kids, family, and loved ones in your prayers today. 

At the same time, I want you to know that even in the midst of the shock and grief of the situation, God’s presence and peace is being felt in some very tangible ways right now.  Todd’s family is hopeful, and they are steadfastly resting in God’s promise that He will guide them and walk with them through each step of this journey.   For that, I am so thankful!

I know so many of you are concerned and would love to be around Todd’s family right now, however, we would like to limit visits to family and close friends only at this time.  I would also like to ask that phone calls to the family and hospital be kept at a minimum right now as well.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support.  I know it means so much to the Mitchell family!  They are extremely thankful for the outpouring of love they are experiencing from all of you.

Please feel free to leave a comment here on this blog.  We will be sure to forward them all to Paula. 

And check back periodically for updates.

Love and appreciate you all!

9 Responses to “Update on Todd”

  1. sandy says:

    We are praying for Todd and and his family.

  2. Eric Kieb says:

    Dear Abba of Jesus wrap Todd & his family in your arms this day. You are the God of resurrection, in this life and in the next. May we see your tender hands move in ways that are humbling, incredible and mysterious.

  3. continuing to pray for Todd and his family…

  4. Dena & Kirk Andersen says:

    We are continuing to pray for Todd, Paula and the rest of the family. Our thoughts are constantly with you.

  5. dave casey says:

    I have had the pleasure of knowing Todd and family. All I can say is he is and for all time will be a man of CLASS. He Loved God, Family, drums. He made everyone around him better. For myself he showed me about being a good man and Christian. He lived it daily not just on weekends. I am a better man for knowing Todd and will continue to strive to become better. Thank You Todd and Paula I Love You both and am praying for Gods strength and comfort for you and the family.

  6. Jason and Julie Stigerwalt says:

    May the Lord provide you all the healing, strength, and peace that you need. We are praying for all of you!

  7. Vasu Kulkarni says:

    Todd, has been a friend, a colleague, a boss and a classy guy who I and my friends (the leadership team) at Castrol ILS (a BP company) have known to admire and respect. He is an intelligent, thoughtful, fun loving, young man who loved his wife Paula, the children, brother and parents. He always talked about them and admired them. Often I would hear stories about Jackson and Luke. He was just crazy about his family. I have not met a more humble person, who was hard working and very pragmatic. We all at Castrol ILS pray for him and his family….Lord! Let your miracles begin.

  8. Lola says:

    Praying for Todd & his family.

  9. tam says:

    im a friend of joni’s (through blogging) and have been praying for Todd and his family and will continue to do so. thank you for the updates.

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