An update on Father Ambrose's condition for those who may not have seen it on ByzCath or Monarchos. I had an email from Father a bit more than a week ago. He was called in for an additional consultation with the surgeon who has informed him that they are now unable to find any current evidence of cancer. A biopsy is out of the question because of Father's heart condition, but they are very certain of a new, revised, diagnosis.
His gall bladder, which was initially identified as the cancer site, has now been determined to be 100% calcified (resulting from a major accumulation of gallstones). It cannot be removed surgically, again because of his heart, and can be expected to be a source of major problems in the future. However, the surgeon noted that Father remains at significant risk for a cardiac event which "will be the most likely cause of my transitus."
Father Ambrose went on to say that 'right now I am elated that there is no cancer – glory to God for His mercy and compassion."
Father remains very grateful for the prayers offered these past couple of months and feels confident that they were a major contributing factor in the news he received last week. He asks your continued prayers, both of thanksgiving and for very real health conditions with which he still lives.