Updates on John Keating

Tuesday, March 14th Update

John Keating arrived safely in Manila on Saturday night, accompanied by Ken Noecker. The trip was uneventful and John traveled very well. He didn’t sleep much on the Amsterdam—Taipei—Manila trip, but that is par for the course for John’s trans-continental flights. So it was a smart decision by Ken to break up the journey and stop for an extra night in Amsterdam.

And now, after arrival in Manila and a good night’s sleep, John is in fine shape. He will lay very low the next few days and then start the various follow-up medical tests. He will visit a speech therapist to assess whether ongoing speech therapy might assist him in regaining his fluency more quickly. He continues to make progress but it is going more slowly than we expected. Not surprisingly John is already a bit impatient; it seems God is using these 40 Days of Lent to teach him patience.

Thank you for your continued prayers. Updates will be more sporadic now, given that there will likely be less to report.

Monday, March 6th Update

John is doing well and improving little by little. He is physically well and able to do all he has been accustomed to. His biggest struggle is with his speech. He remembers everything, both distant and more proximate, but is often unable to say names or produce all he would like to say.

He and Ken Noecker will be flying out of Israel this coming Thursday and arriving in Manila on Saturday evening. Pray that the trip goes well and that John will be able to recover all of his speech and language capabilities.

Thanks for your concern and for all your prayers across the world! We are counting on them.

Sunday, February 26th Update

John is recovering well and the doctors expect him to make a full recovery. He is physically active and has no difficulties with normal daily activities. The main area still affected is his speech.  He is making progress but that will take a little while to mend and return to normal.

The current plan is for him to stay in Israel until March 9th. At that time he will be accompanied by Ken Noecker and will most likely return to the Philippines for further recuperation. Ken Noecker is currently with him and will be so till he returns home.

John has greatly appreciated all your prayers and expressions of support. Please continue to lift him up to the Lord.

Tuesday, February 21st Update

John was discharged from hospital yesterday (Monday) and is now staying at the residence of Bishop Georges.  His speech is improving.  His main problem is not being able to say anyone’s names (and for John that’s a lot of names), though today for the first time he was able to say his own name and the names of his siblings.  It’s not that he doesn’t remember names, it’s just that he can’t articulate them.  He has 90% or more of his vocabulary, but some words still elude him.  He is otherwise fit and well, showing no signs of loss of balance or mobility that he had a few days ago.  He is in good spirits and handling his temporary disability with grace.  The doctors have said that he will recover his speech in full, but it will take a bit of time, and they have also said he should not travel for at least two weeks.

Check this website or the S/W Facebook page for regular updates.


Our brother John Keating suffered a minor stroke while traveling in late February.

John is currently in Israel. He arrived in Haifa this past Friday, February 24th, after a very long and arduous flight. Upon his arrival, those with whom he is staying noticed unusual behavior including lack of coherence in John’s speech and lack of balance in his movements. Later that day John continued to exhibit these symptoms as well as some memory issues. John was examined by a doctor whose judgment was that John was suffering from serious exhaustion due to his trip from the Philippines. John slept through the night and exhibited some improvement when he woke, but as time went on the memory issues and some balance issues persisted. John was then taken to a hospital where he underwent a full battery of tests including neurological exams which exhibited the stroke.

The neurologists who examined John believe John’s memory and balance should be back to normal in three to four weeks. They do, however, want to keep him in the hospital for the next two to three days for further observation. They have also said that he should not travel for the next few weeks.

Ken Noecker, our presiding elder, is flying to Israel on Thursday in order to care for John and to be with him till he is able to travel. In the meantime, Richard Perry is in Israel and is looking after him.

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