Franklin Graham, evangelist and president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, underwent heart surgery for complications resulting from pericarditis on Tuesday.
Graham’s surgery involved the removal of his pericardium, the protective sac surrounding the heart and the large blood vessels connected to it. According to a press release from Samaritan’s Purse, Graham had developed constrictive pericarditis – a swelling and hardening of the pericardium that was compressing his heart:
Franklin Graham successfully underwent a specialized heart surgery today at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In recent months, Franklin had developed constrictive pericarditis, inflammation, and hardening of the sac around the heart that compresses the heart and prevents it from working properly. The surgery involved removing the pericardium.
His doctors expect a full recovery and assured him that he should be able to return to his normal activity and ministry schedule. Mr. Graham said that he is looking forward to multiple opportunities across the globe in 2022 to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and invite people to put their faith in Him. He is also eager to resume riding his motorcycle by springtime. He and his family appreciate everyone’s prayers.
Pericarditis and myocarditis are well-known side effects of mRNA “vaccines,” with nearly 15,000 post-vaccine adverse events reported in the United States alone.
Graham notably promoted the righteousness of the COVID-19 vaccine for Christians, going so far as to say in an interview with ABC News that Jesus Himself would have promoted the jab, stating, “I think if there were vaccines available in the time of Christ, Jesus would have made reference to them and used them.”
To Graham’s credit, he has voiced opposition to vaccine mandates, preferring instead to encourage believers to willingly submit to the experimental injections.
The Christian Post reported Graham’s surgery on Tuesday yet conspicuously left out any mention of his promotion of the vaccine, or that the previously rare condition of pericarditis has suddenly become a much more common diagnosis. Doctors around the world (most alarmingly in countries with near-universal vaccination) are reporting influxes of patients who have developed sudden cardiac and respiratory complications post-vaccine – many weeks or months after the patient was “fully vaccinated.”
We certainly lift up Franklin Graham and his family in prayer and wish him a speedy and full recovery.
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