Help With David's Medical Expenses

$12,429 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 394 people in 61 months
Maxine Shinholster  UNION, NJ
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A Fight to Survive TBI: The Story of David On the Road to Recover from Traumatic Brain Injury. August 24, 2012 drastically changed my life. What happened that evening has left David in a vegetative coma and my desperation to save my son's life and future. David was pistol whipped, his jaw broken and his unconscious body robbed. Though David regained consciousness, he was incoherent and rushed by ambulance to UMDNJ trauma center in Newark, New Jersey. It was there that he underwent emergency craniotomy surgery to alleviate the pressure from his swelling brain. He is currently living in a sub-acute unit at a nursing home being fed via a gastric feeding tube. He is no longer entitled to physical therapy because he has shown no signs of progress. This means each day he lies in bed approximately 19 hours and sits in a wheelchair for 5 hours with no physical stimulation aside from being dressed. The importance behind physical therapy is that it will help him maintain his muscles and joints; to achieve his goal to attain flexibility, balance and coordination free from pain or suffering, so that he may lead a normal life again; performing all of his daily activities with minimal or no difficulty and without dependency. With prolonged treatment, it is possible for him to regain a large share, if not all of his mobility and it will improve his overall fitness and health. David's survival depends on continued physical and mental stimulation therapies which most insurances are not willing to fund long term. The lack of such treatment poses a direct threat to David's ability to return to a life that extend beyond sitting in front of a television for hours on end in a nursing home. He deserves better. His recovery is destined to be a long and arduous one, with no guarantees. But in order for him to have that chance, he needs, aside from a miracle, funds for aggressive physical therapy, a private neurologist and a specially designed vehicle for me to accommodate his wheel chair. Please join my family in our fight to get David the extensive physical and medical treatment he needs. The amount we are now trying to raise is just the beginning for David and we could use your support. Thank you!

More information can be found on The Prayer of David.

Photo credit: Ed Murray/The Star-Ledger
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Update 14
Posted by David Jackson
51 months ago
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A TYPICAL DAY

Reclining often inside my room,
Designed especially for me,
With the ball games on the flat screen,
My television watches me!

Pictures and posters stuck on my wall,
Along with cards and letters to me,
To remind my friends and my fam,
Of their David I use to be.

I'm up and out on a real nice day,
For some sun and a little air.
My BMW has been replaced,
With wheels attached to a chair.

Take my word and count your blessings,
When it comes to what you're eating,
Variety makes a meal exciting,
I can't taste the food they're feeding.

I loved to dress with stylish gear,
And hang out with my friends.
Now pjs are my " Rock A Wear"
My slippers are my 'Timbs'.

I loved and played basketball,
To keep me trim and fit,
With no physical stimulation,
Now muscles and joints are stiff!

After long hours each day you see,
Sitting or laying lethargically,
Due to a Traumatic Brain Injury,
Is a typical daily routine for me!
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Update 13
Posted by David Jackson
51 months ago
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Grateful

Does the brain ever get suspended
can it ever stop
just to be whole again would be my one wish
not to wonder, or hope,
or want or envy
not to criticize
just to be happy

I would be so grateful
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Update 12
Posted by David Jackson
55 months ago
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Did not know if I'd wake up one day,
My life would change in a drastic way,
My life is on pause and not on play,
A Traumatic Brain Injury made it this way!

Did not know how much I'm loved by friends,
Til fund raisers like these show that I am,
Your time and energy, like precious gems,
A priceless treasure to have true friends!

Even made friends I never knew,
Heard my story and was deeply moved,
To offer support to a stranger is cool,
So to my new friends, I thank you too!

It's a slow process as we now see,
Recovering from a Traumatic Brain Injury,
Intense treatment and therapy I need,
Fund raisers like these contribute to recovery!

Visits from friends make my day,
Please keep coming, don't stay away,
Though right now I can't verbally say,
That I'm very grateful for being loved this way!

The type of friends that I have kept,
When friends are down they do not step,
You were there while I slept,
You're the type of friends I can't forget!

THANK YOU!!!!!!......

*David*
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Update 11
Posted by David Jackson
56 months ago
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Saying thank you can be a difficult thing to do. Doing so means admitting that you are in another's debt. I am admitting that another individual did something for me. I am not all powerful, I need the help of others to survive. The reality is that the human race is interdependent. We cannot live life alone. We are constantly relying on each other for all kinds of resources, both physical and emotional. When I say thank you I am acknowledging that I have received something from another human being.

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Zewdy Awalom
57 months ago

Shaina and I just came from visiting David. he was looking great and a bit more alert today. I truly believe he's going to pull through this in time... I feel it. looking forward to the event on May 11th.

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Shaina Yvonne
59 months ago

I had a dream the other night about David. He was no longer confined to his bed or a chair...he was out and about. It was very comforting. In time, with all our prayers and support, I believe David will no longer be in this situation. You and your family are still in my prayers!!!

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Zewdy Awalom
59 months ago

my best friend's mother referred me to this link, I believe it can be helpful to David's recovery http://us.cnn.com/2012/10/19/health/fish-oil-brain-injuries/index.html?

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Zewdy Awalom
59 months ago

my heart was heavy on my way to see you yesterday, but seeing you reinforced my hope. happy to see you progressing, you look so well taken care of. I hope to run into your mom during one of my visits. meditating and praying with you in my thoughts, David. peace, love, and positive vibrations.

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Shaina Yvonne
59 months ago

Psalm 66:9-12 (NLT) Our lives are in his hands, and he keeps our feet from stumbling. You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver. You captured us in your net and laid the burden of slavery on our backs. Then you put a leader over us. We went through fire and flood, but you brought us to a place of great abundance. Matthew 19:26 Bus Jesus looked at them and said, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

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Raised by 394 people in 61 months
Created December 23, 2013
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J P
23 months ago

Get well soon

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24 months ago
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37 months ago
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You probably don't remember that time you helped me in Mrs.Badali's math class in middle school.... But I do. Praying for you David.

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Zewdy Awalom
57 months ago

Shaina and I just came from visiting David. he was looking great and a bit more alert today. I truly believe he's going to pull through this in time... I feel it. looking forward to the event on May 11th.

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Shaina Yvonne
59 months ago

I had a dream the other night about David. He was no longer confined to his bed or a chair...he was out and about. It was very comforting. In time, with all our prayers and support, I believe David will no longer be in this situation. You and your family are still in my prayers!!!

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Zewdy Awalom
59 months ago

my best friend's mother referred me to this link, I believe it can be helpful to David's recovery http://us.cnn.com/2012/10/19/health/fish-oil-brain-injuries/index.html?

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Zewdy Awalom
59 months ago

my heart was heavy on my way to see you yesterday, but seeing you reinforced my hope. happy to see you progressing, you look so well taken care of. I hope to run into your mom during one of my visits. meditating and praying with you in my thoughts, David. peace, love, and positive vibrations.

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Shaina Yvonne
59 months ago

Psalm 66:9-12 (NLT) Our lives are in his hands, and he keeps our feet from stumbling. You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver. You captured us in your net and laid the burden of slavery on our backs. Then you put a leader over us. We went through fire and flood, but you brought us to a place of great abundance. Matthew 19:26 Bus Jesus looked at them and said, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

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