Dr.Jack Hyles, His LAST FIVE DAYS on Earth,

How One of God's Greatest Warriors Was "Called Home"

Following is the text of the release given by the Hyles family on Wednesday, January 31, 2001

At 3:30 pm Tuesday afternoon, Bro. Hyles was admitted to the hospital. Dr. Dennis Streeter, the attending physician, diagnosed Bro. Hyles as having suffered a heart attack. He is presently in Intensive Care in stable condition.

The next 24 - 48 hours are important.

Thursday, February 1, 2001, 4:35 pm.

At 2:00 pm today, doctors performed an angiogram on Bro. Hyles. The procedure revealed three arteries in the heart were clogged 80 - 90% with two others that are clogged to a lesser degree. In addition, the aortic valve is 60% blocked.

Doctors are advising that he be airlifted to the University of Chicago Hospital for surgery to replace 4 to 5 arteries and to replace the aortic valve. The surgery carries a 15 - 20% risk factor.

There is also the presence of a lung infection that is causing afever. However, the doctors do not feel that the infection should hinder the surgery.

Surgery will be performed either this evening or tomorrow morning. A new update will be issued immediately following the surgery.


Friday, February 2, 2001, 9:40 am.

Bro. Hyles was flown to the University of Chicago Hospital late last evening. He is stable but still classified in critical condition. He has a balloon pump in his chest to assist his heart.

The doctors feel it is best to wait until Monday for surgery until more fluid has been drained from his lungs. This will assist his heart in recovering from the surgery.

Preacher is alert and his mind is sharp. He does still have severe pains in his back. His family has confidence in the present doctors and staff and feel postponing the surgery is wise.

Saturday, February 3, 2001, 6:00 pm.

Bro. Hyles' condition remains critical but stable. He will undergo surgery Monday morning around 8:00 am at the University of Chicago Hospital. He will have 4 or 5 bypasses as well as a valve replacement.

The surgery is expected to last from 6 to 8 hours. As soon as the surgeon meets with the family, an update will be posted on this web site.

Although Bro. Hyles is experiencing some severe pain, he is in very good spirits. The family is extremely optimistic but covets everyone's prayers. Bro. Hyles was very pleased when he learned that his surgeon is a born-again Christian. Bro. Hyles is dreading the surgery but is at peace concerning the need of it and is not afraid.

When asked if there was anything he needed, his one request was for a Diet Dr. Pepper. Bro. Hyles has kept his sense of humor and sarcasm, and has teased with the nurses and the staff, even in his pain.


Monday, February 5, 2001, 1:30 pm.

Bro. Hyles was taken into surgery around 9:00 am this morning. At 1:00 pm the family got a report from the surgeon that they are halfway through the surgery and everything is going well. The entire surgery will take 6 - 8 hours and an update will be posted as soon as a report is received from the doctors.


4:35 pm.

The doctors have reported to the family that they are finished with the bypass part of the operation. In the process of doing the bypasses, they found that one other valve needs to be replaced.

They are entering into the valve replacement part of the surgery, which is the most critical part, and it is expected to take another two hours. The doctors say that Bro. Hyles is holding up well.


5:45 pm.

Bro. Hyles is out of surgery at this time. He did have a second heart attack just prior to going into surgery which caused the doctors to go into emergency heart surgery procedures. During the surgery, 4 arteries were bypassed and two valves were replaced.

He is currently in extremely critical condition and will remain in the operating room for about 1 1/2 hours. He will remain in extremely critical condition for the entire night.


9:00 pm.

Dr. Hyles is in extremely critical condition. The next 24 hours to seven days are critical. Doctors are keeping Dr. Hyles heavily medicated until late tomorrow afternoon; if he stabilizes they will begin to revive him

Doctors performed quadruple bypass and replaced two heart valves.When Dr. Hyles was brought into the operating room he had a second heart attack, which would have been fatal if it had occurred outside of the operating room.

While in surgery, Dr. Hyles had an aneurysm of the heart wall, and excessive bleeding. Surgery lasted over 8 hours. The surgeon is guardedly optimistic,


Tuesday, February 6, 2001, 12:00 Midnight

After eight hours of surgery, Dr. Hyles was in recovery for an hour and a half, and simply never awakened.

This morning at 9:43 am, Dr. Jack Hyles went to be with the Lord. His family was at his side in his final hours. He was free of pain at the time of his death.

The family is grateful for the prayers of people all over the world. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, but will be announced as soon as possible.

The family requests that no flowers or food be sent to the Hyles' home, but they do covet your continued prayers. Although we lost a husband, father, grandfather, and brother, we are aware that this is not our loss alone, but that millions all over the world share with us in our sense of great grief.

Bro. Hyles touched millions of lives, even those who attended him in those final hours.


Tuesday, February 6, 2001, 4:45 pm.

The viewing of Dr. Jack Hyles' body will be held in the First Baptist Church auditorium on Friday, February 9, beginning at 10:00 am and lasting until 6:30 pm.

At 7:00 pm on Friday, there will be a memorial service to be attended by all out-of-town guests and friends, all non-First Baptist Church members, and all college students.

The viewing of the body will resume after the memorial service and will continue throughout the night until 9:30 am on Saturday morning, February 10. There will then be a funeral service at 10:00 am for the First Baptist Church membership (this includes all First Baptist kids who are college students). There will be a private graveside service to be attended by the family only.

Flowers may be sent to First Baptist Church, 523 Sibley Street,Hammond, Indiana 46320. A complete summary of this weeks events will be posted on this site tomorrow afternoon.


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