Did God Perform Heart Surgery on Pat Robertson? September 1, 2009

Did God Perform Heart Surgery on Pat Robertson?

***Update***: A press release put out by Robertson’s people does thank doctors, though almost as a throwaway line:

Robertson said, “Only the prayers of thousands of believing people kept me on this earth. As it is, I anticipate many more years of creative service in the ministry I founded (CBN), as well as Regent University and other endeavors devoted to the service of mankind. I cannot praise enough the dedication and professionalism of Dr. Andy Kiser and his staff who removed this growth from my continuously beating heart.”

I still stand behind this post. The primary reason he was saved, says Robertson, is the praying. The doctors come secondary to him. That’s absurd.

Pat Robertson underwent 10 hours of surgery yesterday to fix a heart problem:

During the surgery, doctors also discovered an abnormally enlarged left appendage on Robertson’s heart. They believe the appendage, which was removed, was the cause of Robertson’s atrial fibrillation.

The procedure looked to be extremely complicated:

Robertson underwent convergent procedure, which involves cauterizing the continually beating heart muscle with heat generated by a radio frequency. The procedure is less invasive than traditional heart surgery and uses four small openings to hasten recovering time.

Robertson seems to be doing just fine. And afterwards, he thanked the doctors.

Oh, wait.

No, he didn’t.

“Only the prayers of thousands of believing people kept me on this earth,” Robertson said in a statement.

You know… I don’t like the guy. At all. He’s said many despicable things. But even in his most fragile moments, he can’t say something sensible?

Mike has decided to thank the doctors on behalf of Robertson:

Well, Mr. Robertson, I’ll do what you won’t. Thank you to all the doctors, researchers, scientists and support staff, as well as anyone I’m leaving out. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to perfecting open-heart surgery and science-based medicine. Hopefully everyone will give you some thanks, instead of thanking prayer, their sky daddy, or some zombie.

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  • Luther

    Wow! This is news: Pat Robertson has a heart!

    Of course, this is not all that exciting.

    What myth attributes to the heart is actually located somewhere in some brains.

  • Shannon

    Urgh. I’ve got this going on in my own life. A family friend is in the hospital with pneumonia which has come and gone for months now. With every bit of progress she makes I get (mass) emails saying how “God is good” “God is a great physician”, thank god this, thank god that. To hear all this you’d think she doesn’t even have doctors. She just sits in the hospital and god waits on her or something.

  • bigjohn756

    I think Robertson should have skipped the surgery and waited for the prayers to work. What would they have to say at his funeral then?

  • Phaz

    To be fair, in the original press release (here) he does thank the doctors:

    Robertson said, “Only the prayers of thousands of believing people kept me on this earth. … I cannot praise enough the dedication and professionalism of Dr. Andy Kiser and his staff who removed this growth from my continuously beating heart.”

  • twirlgrl


    They’ll say “God called him home” or had a “better purpose for him in heaven”. Don’t you know? God does EVERYTHING for a reason!

    I’ll never understand why Christians aren’t happier to die.

  • Jon

    Robetson made a mistake because he didn’t acknowledged the prayers of people, instead of acknowledging the God to whom they were praying.

    And to Shannon, of course the doctor’s can’t do anything without God having created them, so why not thank God?

  • schism

    While I agree that the doctors are responsible for Robertson’s continued existence, I can’t really bring myself to thank them for it…

  • Jennifer Gray

    My family talks like that all the time when family or friends have surgery or are in the hospital recovering from an illness. They’ll say they thank God for working through the medical and/or surgical team. I’d love to have a pithy, polite response to comments like that. Ideas?

  • CatBallou

    When one of their loved ones dies, just say “too bad God messed up on this one.”

    Or maybe not.

    And how many of us have the luxury (delusion?) of relying on the prayers of thousands? I don’t know that many people myself, but I like to think that, if I’m ever in surgery, the doctors will be able to pull me through anyway.

  • Daniel

    This proves why science is evil. If all those doctors had become priests, then Pat Robertson would be dead. Instead because of their medical training we are saddled with old Pat for god knows how long. (c wat I did thar?)

  • Rick

    My father once told me that he had an aunt who needed some financial help, which he gave her. She said “I knew God would provide.”. And to me my father said that he should have replied “Great. I’ll take back my money since God has it covered.”. But he didn’t say that to his aunt, and he didn’t take back his money. He was too nice.

  • Phaz — Thanks for that. I updated the piece.

  • anonymouse

    This news begs the question: Why did pat go to the hospital at all? Why not pray himself better?

  • medussa

    This just proves there is no just god; If there were, Robertson would long be dead.

  • Sven

    It’s so weird, why didn’t god allow for people in the dark ages to be cured?

  • Rubberduck

    So god had a plan: Pat Robertson should die now.
    And those evil doctors interfered and messed up the divine plan. It’s all turned around – P.R. should thank god for calling him ‘home’ and cursing the doctors for screwing things badly up.
    How hard can it be to believe ? Pretty hard it seems, if you have to be consequent about it.
    Is he just faking his beliefs or what ?

  • Pat Robertson had a heart to operate on?

  • Erik

    Pat Robertson’s heart grew an appendage? Sounds like evolution to me!

  • Melanie

    How can you understand what you do not believe in? I am sure you will agree (or maybe not) that there is such a thing called “faith.” We all have it to some degree. Don’t you have “faith” that when you wake up in the morning you will still be breathing? Sure you do, whether you admit it or not.

    Don’t knock somebody because they have faith in something they cannot see. You cannot see the air you breath but take it for granted that it’s going to be there.

    Pat Robertson has faith in something you don’t have faith in. I am not going to try and sit here and explain it to you.

    I will say this . . . If he is wrong, he has nothing to lose. He just dies. IF you are wrong, you have everything to lose.

    Which one of you is right?

  • BR

    Pat Robertson is a hypocrite as has has in more than one of his 700 episodes wished death on human beings. He also professes openly in taking “hand-fulls of vitamins”.

    Is not one of the 10 commandments “thall shall not kill”?

    I watch his show to further educate myself of his scheme which is to promote his agenda of selected hate and grandstand for contributions disguised as “tiding”, which in reality amounts to tax free cash to support his lavish lifestyle.

  • Elizabeth

    Doctors and God both screwed my husband when he got sick. He went back 4 times in one week to the dr., was told he had pnuemonia, but they never put him in the hospital. If they did, they would have diagnosed his swine flu and he would have lived, two weeks after he got sick. You only die from it if you don’t get medical attention. I prayed and had everyone else pray. Alot of good it did Richard. He died on August 31, 2009 at the age of 51. I’ve been cursing God ever since. I’m tired of everyone telling me “through God all things are possible”. Well, this Christian is about ready to burn her rosary beads and crucifixes.

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