PHILIP OWEN'S STORY
Shortly after 11:00 September 11, 1928 I became the 11th child of my parents.
Shortly after 12:00 September 12, my fraternal brother Joe became the 12th child of my parents. In
85% of fraternal twins, one is older than the other (28-29 days).
Being premature, my immune system was probably weakened.
In my sophomore year of high school, I reached up to hit a volleyball and started spitting up blood. The
school nurse said to immediately get in touch with our family doctor. After due
testing, I was diagnosed with tuberculosis and entered Rossmere Sanatorium in Lancaster, Pa and immediately entered the then
process of treatment.
Sometime later I was transferred to Mont Alto Children's Preventorium at age 14 where I was away from home for
11 months. After being home for some months, I was readmitted to Rossmere Sanatorium where I was started
on pneumothorax in both lungs. Having 75% collapses of both lungs, I somehow developed an infection and
fluid causing my left lung to completely collapse.
I was then transferred to Hamburg State Tuberculosis Sanatorium to receive a thorocoplasty.
(The surgical operation of removing or resecting one or more ribs so as to obliterate the pleural cavity and collapse a diseased
After being given Neopronicil, an early antibiotic, the infection was stopped and my lungs became
Sometime in 1946 or 1947, another young patient named Bobby and
myself were given streptomycin (144 shots, at 6am and 6 pm). So far as I am able to verify, we were the
first two to get it in Pennsylvania (guinea pigs?). It worked and the other patients at Hamburg were given
it and Hamburg State Sanatorium was changed into another facility.
After coming home, 22 month away, I was able to get my GED,
to work, get married and have 3 children (2 boys and a girl), 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
With the leading and provision of the Lord, I have pastored a church in Spotsylvania, Va. for 11 years.
Then moved to Greenville, SC and pastored a church for 17 years. Having been interim pastor in 3
churches in Pa. I have moved to Cambridge, OH where I have a weekly Bible study at the apartment complex where I live as well
as a weekly Bible study at the Gurnsey County Senior Center in Cambridge.
Many interesting and unique events have brought me to
my 87th year and I presently have 20 perspective projects looking me in the face. Looking to my Savior
Jesus Christ, I hope to pursue more intriguing days and an eternity in God's very presence.
Philip Owen firstname.lastname@example.org
October 17, 2015