Jennifer Campbell Prosthesis
Yesterday afternoon, Jennifer Campbell underwent surgery to amputee her left leg. This was Jennifer's 12th amputation (all ten fingertips and both legs) in the past two years following a life threatening bout with sepsis. Jennifer battled through numerous surgeries to save her left foot before it became necessary to amputate. Despite this outcome, Jennifer's sweet personality hasn't dampened a bit. She could not be more determined to return to the classroom teaching her precious fifth grade students and up and walking again very very soon.
As some of you may know, Jennifer's first prosthetic foot was the standard-issue style. She was blessed beyond measure to learn to walk again on this new foot, yet it didn't allow her to maneuver hills, inclines, or uneven surfaces such as gravel. And it didn't allow her to jog or run. Several months ago, she was fitted for the upgrade-style foot called a "blade" foot. Man, what a difference that made in her mobility! Unfortunately, it was not covered by her insurance plan.
My hope in setting up this donation fund is to raise the cost of a matching blade foot for her left leg. With two blade feet, Jennifer will experience mobility outside of a wheelchair that will allow her to keep up with her two busy children at home as well as numerous lively ten year olds everyday at school!
I can't even tell you how much Jennifer appreciates everyone's thoughts and prayers during this season in her life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity.
A quick update on Jennifer:
Surgery began about 2pm on Friday and went without complication. She woke up in severe pain following surgery and was kept overnight for monitoring and for adequate pain control. Would you believe she went home the very next day?!?! This lady is tough!
Since arriving home, Jennifer's pain level has become more easily tolerated and controlled and her spirits are high. She was able to celebrate her daughter's 15th birthday at home yesterday with cake and presents, and today, two of us bombarded her at home with lunch, love, and laughter (See pic).
In true Jenn spirit, she misses her students at school and is looking forward to getting back in the classroom as early as next week!
Thank you again for your kindness and compassion. Jennifer is truly blown away by your generosity. Let me leave you with a bible verse she gave me today at lunch as we spoke about this season in her life.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”