Navy Vet’s Medical Expenses

Hello, we are Kailla Coomes and Jade Coomes and we have a simple request from you.

We first want to introduce you to our dad, Gregory Coomes. Our dad has spent his life dedicated to helping other people. When he was 21 he joined the Navy. Fresh out of college, he decided that his calling was to fight for our country. His position was a hospital corpsman (in flight paramedic). Picture being in an ambulance, but your ambulance is a helicopter. During his time in the Navy he hurt his back, but he was young and it seemed to have healed up fine.

When he was 28 he became a police office for the Kendall County Sheriff's Office in Yorkville, Illinois. After one year there he transferred to the Yorkville Police Department. While his time as a police officer his back pain grew. He tried acupuncture and went to a chiropractor to try and offset his pain.

At 33 he left the Yorkville Police Department, due to a car accident that made his back pain unbearable. During this time my dad could barely walk and was in unimaginable pain. A couple of years later he went to the doctor and shockingly the doctor told him that he had been walking on a fractured back for years. This was when he had his first back surgery.

Since then he has had four major back surgeries. One including where he had to have three discs fused together and placed titanium rods and screw in his back, He also has had a pain pump surgically implanted in his abdomen, which delivers 24/7 pain medication to make is pain manageable.

In December 2018 my dad will have to have his pain pump replaced. Pain pumps last for seven years and it’s the time for a new one. Then in the early Spring of 2019, he was to have another major back surgery where they have to fuse two more of his disks together.

This is where you come in. For a man that has given his life to serve others, we ask that you lend a hand in helping him through this time. Insurance will cover only so much and the rest will be out of pocket. Not to mention post operation, including rehab, MRI’s, and follow up labs. Whatever you can give is much appreciated. We love and care for our father and would do anything to help him get through this. He will always be in some kind of back pain, but with your help we hope that these two surgeries won’t be so stressful for him.

Thank you for reading our dad’s story. He is a man full of life.He raised us to be kind and giving to others and we are just trying to do the same for him.
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Kailla Coomes 
Portland, OR
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