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Watch: When President Nelson Saved a Woman and Her Unborn Babies During a One-Handed Surgery


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It started out as a cough. 

Trudy Olmstead, a then-30-year-old, was expecting her fourth baby in what appeared to be a normal pregnancy. 

But after the cough persisted for three months, Trudy's doctor became concerned. Eventually, Trudy's doctor confirmed their worst fears: Trudy had a lung tumor.

"Things were happening so fast," Trudy's husband, Rick Olmstead, says in the BYUtv video "Deep Blue—Heather Olmstead." "It was like different opinions were happening daily from different doctors. It was a barrage. Each time I'd go up there, there would be a different diagnosis and a different opinion."

Throughout this time of turmoil, one thing was clear: Trudy was dying. If the fast-growing tumor was not removed, doctors predicted Trudy, along with her baby, would die within three months. Because of this, doctors advised Trudy to abort her baby and begin treatments to save her life. 

However, an ultrasound revealed that the situation was even more complicated. Instead of carrying just one baby, Trudy was carrying twins. At that very moment, Trudy made her decision. 

"I'm going to deliver the babies," she says in the video. "If I die, I die." 

What Trudy didn't know was that Russell M. Nelson, a heart surgeon, would take her case and perform an operation that was nothing short of miraculous. 

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Deep Blue - Heather Olmstead

Also read about the Olmstead's story in Insights from a Prophet's Life: Russell M. Nelson

Insights from a Prophet's Life offers a candid view of President Russell M. Nelson, the seventeenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from childhood to the current day. More than a biography, this landmark volume invites readers to experience President Nelson's life through dozens of brief vignettes and hundreds of photographs. Each episode highlights an important lesson; taken together, they weave a captivating story of a man prepared in a unique way to lead the Church in our day.

"The attempt of this book," the author writes, "is not only to highlight signal events in President Nelson's life . . . but, in particular, to examine major episodes from the life of the living prophet and extract the insights embedded in them. Some of these episodes in President Nelson's life took place in a matter of minutes or hours; others spanned several years. I selected each episode either because he learned something or because we can learn something from him, or both. . . . Impressions, thoughts, learnings, and insights will vary with each person. Personal revelation is just that—personal. That you will learn from President Russell M. Nelson's life, though, is a given. It is certain."


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