A "Late-Night" Christmas Present of Life for Stump and Deb

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

“I have always been a guy of faith. But through the ordeal of major surgeries for Deb and myself my faith was raised a whole lot this year.”

 Stump Martin


Much like some of his sports fanatic friends growing up, Stump Martin might have failed a pop quiz or two along the way.

But when he failed not one but two EKG’s in mid-September, life’s final exam stared him right in the eyes.

“I had triple by-pass surgery (Sept.26) to replace the aorta with a mechanical valve and the nurses on the third floor at Parkridge Hospital and the doctors were great, but it was the prayers of many folks for me and for those doctors which got me through this whole ideal.”

The former Rossville High School three-sport athlete (seven varsity letters in football, wrestling and baseball) had just witnessed first-hand his wife Deb have her name on prayer chains across the region after going through surgery and rehab for an aneurysm of the brain in mid-July.

And now he was on the receiving end of first class medical help and expressions of love from people across this region, including former Tenn. Temple basketball coach Ron Bishop and head of SCORE International, Rev. Denny Manning and Rev. Darrell Henry,

“With all those people praying for me, I knew I was going to make it,” stated Stump.

For his wife, Deb, “It was the toughest three weeks of my life” referencing her surgery for the aneurysm on the brain followed by tough rehab at Bench Mark Therapy.

A sharp pain on the top of her head and shortness of breath were key signs that “something was terribly wrong,” said Mrs. Martin in re-counting the events of June 24th at a fitness gym followed by surgery on June 25.

But possibly tougher than going through the surgery was the 21 days of waiting … 21 days of hell.

“It was the toughest three weeks of my life,” she stated recounting the wait to see if a second aneurysm would rupture.

“Everday I wondered if it could get worse since brain spasms could lead to a stroke. I was more scared than I let on,” Deb said knowing that her mom died of a brain hemorage in 1964.

For Stump, “it was being apart from my best friend for all those days which was tough.”

But through the dark days of summer in a hospital, came the love and care of the medical staff at those two hospitals including Doctors Phil Megison, Lee Kern (Deb's docs), Selcuk Tombul (cardiologist), and Clifton C Reade (Stump's docs).

“The nurses on the fourth floor and Erlanger were like sisters to me. We really bonded together,” Deb stated

Stump was also lifted up in prayer by those in church and members of his Choo Choo City Mustangs middle school baseball team.

“Two days after my surgery, my grandson, Austin Chastain, brought me the tournament championship plaque which was really cool,” he said with a smile and a twinkle in his eye.

And on Christmas Day 2013, not only does he hold on to that treasured trophy, but also the doctor’s report of a clean bill of health for the co-hosts of “Stump on Sports … Late-Night.”

“Going through the tough times of 2013 has been a real eye opener for the both of us as we have experienced the great love people have for us and not to take life for granted,” stated Deb.

 “It’s scary if you don’t think there’s a Jesus after coming through all the tough times we have endured,” said Stump.

 "He rules the world with truth and grace

and makes the nations prove

the glories of His righteousness

and wonders of His love

and wonders of His love

and wonders, and wonders of His love"


Joy to the World  - verse 4



contact B.B. Branton at William.branton@comcast.net

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