Rachel-Ruth Lotz Wright, the daughter of Anne Graham Lotz, suffered two heart attacks on Saturday, January 8. Anne had taken to social media and asked for prayers for Rachel, saying at the time that doctors believed it was caused by broken heart syndrome. Anne now says that cardiologists have diagnosed her with spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD).
On Friday Anne posted a picture of Rachel watching the sunrise from her hospital bed. "This picture was taken today at sunrise—the day Rachel-Ruth is scheduled to go home! God has heard and answered our prayers," Anne writes.
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"Like the sunrise, the Light of God's presence, compassion, wisdom and peace have been present in this darkness."
Anne invites her followers to join the family in praising God for his work in Rachel's healing. SCAD is a serious condition that most commonly affected women in their 40s and 50s, though it can occur at any age and also affects men, the Mayo Clinic's website says. The clinic describes it as an emergency condition that occurs when a tear forms in a blood vessel in the heart.
"Our ongoing prayer now is for Rachel-Ruth to recover her strength, health, and never again have any heart related issues," Anne says in the post the Rachel reposted on her own Instagram page.
The Graham family has faced a number of health struggles in recent years. Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 and has undergone a number of treatments. Anne's son was in hospital late last year with complications from COVID, and has since returned home. Franklin Graham, Anne's brother, also faced heart problems last year. He had heart surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. to repair constrictive pericarditis, "which is inflammation and hardening of the sac around the heart that compresses the heart and prevents it from working properly," he explained at the time.
In closing her message Anne quotes Psalm 59:16 which says, "I will sing of Your strength, in the morning I will sing of Your love; for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble."