Prayer vigil held for Brock Powell




Young and old, friends and family signed the banner to show to the family of Brock Powell. Everyone gathered in the parking lot at Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio this past Monday evening to hold a prayer vigil for the youngster who recently had open heart surgery and is suffering from staph infection complications.

Young and old, friends and family signed the banner to show to the family of Brock Powell. Everyone gathered in the parking lot at Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio this past Monday evening to hold a prayer vigil for the youngster who recently had open heart surgery and is suffering from staph infection complications.

The power of prayer and positive thoughts were bountiful at a vigil held on Monday, June 11. The object of the Prayer Warriors was 5-year-old Brock Powell, son of Gena and Jay Powell of Bulverde. Both Gena and Jay are originally from Jourdanton. His grandparents, Patti and Jack Powell and Gerald and Carol Camber, all still reside there.

Brock, soon to be 6 on July 2, was born with a heart defect and had his first surgery when he was only four days old. He was diagnosed in utero at four months when the doctors noticed his left ventricle wasn’t forming properly.

The next operation was scheduled when Brock turned four. A chronic sinus infection delayed that surgery, and then he had to have his sinuses cleared plus have his tonsils and adenoids removed.

This last surgery went smoothly. It wasn’t until after wards when Brock said he was not feeling very well. His chest was hurting and he had a low grade fever. The redness around his scar called for a test to see what type of infection was there.

A staph infection had indeed set in and antibiotics were administered.

An emergency surgery at 2 a.m. was performed to clean out the infected area. Drain tubes were placed and liver and kidney functions were compromised.

Brock has been on a ventilator and under sedation to let his body rest and fight the infection. He briefly woke up and squeezed hands. His grandmother reported that his kidney function had increased on Tuesday afternoon.

He will most likely be in the hospital another six weeks and may be on antibiotics for a whole year.

Lifelong friends Vance and Jodie Jupe organized the vigil and it didn’t take long for the word to get out thanks to Barbara Peeler. “The banner was designed and made without us even asking Lisa McAskill,” said Peeler. About 50 more friends converged at the Powell residence in Jourdanton for those who could not make it to the hospital.

“Gena and Jay are so appreciative of everything everyone has done,” Patti Powell added.


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