Waiting for a Miracle

  • Kevin AdamsEmail author
  • Rebecca Adrian
  • Mildred Best
  • Jamie L. W. Kennedy
  • Swami Sarvaananda
  • Yoshiya Takahashi


This chapter contains a case study of the family of a 73-year-old African-American male with a significant history of congestive heart failure presenting to the emergency department via emergency medical service with severe shortness of breath. The case juxtaposes medical care issues of a patient in end-stage heart failure with the psychosocial-spiritual issues of the family expectation of healing by divine intervention.


Congestive heart failure Religion Miracle End of life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin Adams
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rebecca Adrian
    • 1
  • Mildred Best
    • 1
  • Jamie L. W. Kennedy
    • 2
  • Swami Sarvaananda
    • 3
  • Yoshiya Takahashi
    • 1
  1. 1.Chaplaincy Services and Pastoral EducationUniversity of Virginia Health SystemCharlottesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Cardiovascular MedicineUniversity of Virginia Health SystemCharlottesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Clinical Pastoral Education ProgramsUniversity of Virginia Health SystemCharlottesvilleUSA

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