Funeral Expenses After West Nile

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Raised by 55 people in 17 months
Charles Korstjens JR. (daddy, papa, husband, son and so much more)! I am setting this up for my dad. He suffers from Alports Syndrome which attacks the kidneys as well as his hearing and vision. He is almost deaf along with needing another kidney transplant. He is a very hard working individual and continued to work until he couldn't any more. His last day of work was 8/23/17.

At the age of 36 he went into total renal failure in 1999.  In March of 1999 he began dialysis and was put through all necessary testing to be put on the Transplant list. July 12th, 1999 he was put on the list and blessed just 16 days later with a perfect match kidney.

Fast forward 17 years and we are in the same situation. I won't put his entire life story but he has been through the ringer and back with medical issues. Our family has continued to experience medical issue after medical issue. 

He began dialysis 3 times a week. August 2nd, 2016 he was placed on the Transplant list again. We are raising this money to help with copays and some of the other expenses that come along with this long journey we are just beginning. We greatly appreciate any donation.

He now has West Nile and is in the fight of his life to live! Please see the latest update for new info!

Thank  you for your continued support!
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My dad fought a hard battle with Neuro-invasive West Nile Encephalitis. After almost 6 weeks, his body began to shut down and we quickly realized his time was nearing. At 7:26 on October 26, 2017 my dads heart beat its last beat.

Dad had gone out on short term disability and then long term due to complications with kidney failure. He was let go from his job in late August as a result. His life insurance policy went out sometime in September which we were unaware until after the fact due to being by his side at the hospital. His long term had not yet kicked in.

If you could please help with any amount, we would be forever grateful. We are now scraping to pay for his funeral costs and our hotel bill that allowed us to be in the same building with him 24/7.
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Okay all, most already know... here is the latest!

On September 19th he was admitted into Baptist Integris with extremely high fever. After 4 days of rapid deterioration he code blued and was put on life support and put in a drug induced coma. He was removed from the sedatives after 3 days and to this day 10/3 he has still not woke up. Up until 10/2 we did not have a diagnosis, the CDC contacted my mother to let her know that he tested positive for West Nile Virus. With him being immune compromised this could be fatal. He will be having a Tracheotomy and a feeding tube put in his stomach this Thursday and Friday. We are hoping for the best and at this time are his bedside advocates.

Many people have reached out to see how they can help and honestly financially is the only thing we need at this time. We want to remain by his side to ensure he is getting the best care possible after some issues we have run into. We are staying in the hotel so we can be close due to the issues at hand.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers!

If I left anything out that you would like to ask, please feel free!


Dad in ICU
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Warning... long update

Since the last update dad has been through the ringer a few more times. Peritoneal Dialysis has had major issues, he falls in the 2% who have extreme drain pain. He recently had a procedure that hopefully will help. He has to wait a few more months before we attempt it again. 1 1/2 weeks ago he woke up to a swollen knee on the leg that has damage from the motorcycle accident years ago. After several trips to the E.R. due to excruciating pain they decided that because of his blood thinners he was hemorrhaging in his joint. He also found out as soon as he gets a kidney he will get a shiny new knee! They are now taking him off of his blood thinners. Due to the fact he has had pulmonary embolisms twice, they will be going in through his jugular vein tomorrow to put a screen in.

Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers! Thank you all for the continued support!
A shirt I had made to help him get through hemo dialysis
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Dad held out long enough to get a certificate for longest surviving kidney transplanthe recipient. 17 years!!!!

We are attending a class next week to go over his treatment options for dialysis.

Keep praying
Dad with his certificate and the ornament we made in 1999.
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Christy Jacks
3 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless You. I want to encourage you to contact his life insurance company and explain your circumstances and see if they will go ahead and pay his benefits. I am a nurse and I know in special circumstances and the fact that it just lapsed they may go ahead and pay.

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Clara Puckett
16 months ago

Praying for my daughter and son n law

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Chris Moore
17 months ago

Continuing to send up prayers.

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LK

We are praying for you all.

LD
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Lynn Dowds
3 months ago
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Sending condolences to the family.

CH
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Chris Hartman
3 months ago

This contribution is on behalf of Chickasaw Nation Industries where Charles was employed for many years. He was a dear friend and co-worker and will truly be missed! Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

DW
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Dave Wright
3 months ago
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So very sorry for your loss.

AB
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Angie and John Bailey
3 months ago
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So sorry for your family's loss. Charles sounds like a wonderful man. We are friends with Carol so only know him thru her stories.

BN
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Billy Newport
3 months ago

So sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family.

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Mark Southern
3 months ago

For a man who will truly be missed. It was a pleasure working with him.

Christy Jacks
3 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless You. I want to encourage you to contact his life insurance company and explain your circumstances and see if they will go ahead and pay his benefits. I am a nurse and I know in special circumstances and the fact that it just lapsed they may go ahead and pay.

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Clara Puckett
16 months ago

Praying for my daughter and son n law

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Chris Moore
17 months ago

Continuing to send up prayers.

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