Jeff Kepner's Road to Recovery

$3,400 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 74 people in 70 months
Jeff's story began back in May 1999 when he lost his hands and feet to a Step A infection. In May of 2009, Jeff became the first person in the United States to have a double hand transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Unfortunately, things have not worked out as he had hoped. We have had to make numerous trips back to Pittsburgh for additional surgeries, to no avail. Between all the medical expenses we have incurred sinced 1999, out-of-pocket travel expenses that we are responsible for each time we go to Pittsburgh, and the fact that Valarie takes numerous days of Leave Without Pay for these trips and to care for Jeff, we have incurred a large financial burden that continues.
Now, with always another trip to Pittsburgh looming in our future, we are asking, and praying, for your support in helping to defer some of the travel and financial expenses again associated with it.

We are also asking, and praying, for your support in helping to defer some of the expenses we have incurred in the past due to Jeff's original illness and are still working on. Honestly, Jeff is requiring more care at home and it is becoming more difficult for Valarie as she still is working full-time. She is eligible to retire but cannot due to the financial obligations we still have.

We are grateful for any donations.




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Time.com has just published an article on Jeff. It can be found at Time.com.
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Thanks to everyone who have contributed so far. Please continue to keep Jeff in your prayers. He almost fell last week. Thankfully he didn't, but he did something to his back and hip (which is replaced.) He had great difficultly walking on his prothestics last week, so I had to take time off to stay with him. He is doing better but still dealing with the effects of this injury. Please just prayer for quick healing of all medical issues. Thanks and God Bless.
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I guess I should explain the picture I posted. This is Jeff presenting Jordan with her class ring at her ring ceremony at the Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School during this past school year.
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David Moh
33 months ago
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Mr. Jeff Kepner, instead of risking for reverting the surgery, please consider to suit up an mechantronic gloves for your hands, they can stimulate your hand signal to enhance your muscle control. They also can give strength to your physical hands, your physical hands are already a pair of excellent structures, if you can use a device to control the joins with signals from other parts of your arms, you can recover with a even better pairs of hands. Don't look bad easily, why not look forwards, the more joins and muscles are always harder to master, but once you get it mastered, imagine what you will have. (Anyway no hurry to consider something worse right?) Cherish what you have, at least give them some very good tries please... They are some body's hands, a life for a life....

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Raised by 74 people in 70 months
Created June 24, 2013
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Julie Curry
33 months ago

Wish there was more I could do. I hope this helps.

David Moh
33 months ago
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Mr. Jeff Kepner, instead of risking for reverting the surgery, please consider to suit up an mechantronic gloves for your hands, they can stimulate your hand signal to enhance your muscle control. They also can give strength to your physical hands, your physical hands are already a pair of excellent structures, if you can use a device to control the joins with signals from other parts of your arms, you can recover with a even better pairs of hands. Don't look bad easily, why not look forwards, the more joins and muscles are always harder to master, but once you get it mastered, imagine what you will have. (Anyway no hurry to consider something worse right?) Cherish what you have, at least give them some very good tries please... They are some body's hands, a life for a life....

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