This story begins in 2014 when John was going in for a physical so he could go to Many Point with his younger son. Upon his return from Many Point, his doctor wanted him to come in for additional testing because according to the blood level readings, he should be basically passed out. Of course he wasn't, he was running his lawn service. Approximately two weeks later, he needed a double blood transfusion. Fast forward to 2016. His lawn service had been cut down drastically. In the height of his business, he had 65 customers, which dropped to 10. It was all he could handle. The last time he could work was November 2016. His lawn service is now closed down. Fast forward to winter 2017/2018. From his lawn service days to current, he has lost over 75 pounds! He is currently working on getting on the liver transplant list. He did the battery of tests and meeting with the surgical team in December. He is near the end of meeting the different doctors that he needs to consult with before he has the 100% ok to be put on the transplant list. The hard part is, currently he is too frail for surgery, but he is working on getting healthier so he can have surgery should there be a live donor that is compatable or getting on the list for a deceased donor. He is currently doing a weekly paracentesis whereby they drain liquid from the ascites, liquid in his abdomen. Please refer to his caringbridge site for the most current updates. https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/johnmortinson Being as John has been out of work for over 17 months and his social security disability income has been denied twice, we are working with an attorney that indicated we will have a court date in THREE YEARS, we are unfortunately, beyond running short financially. Right now, the first goal will be to pay for the weekly hospital stays with meeting our deductible. Once we can get that met, we will start working on the other monthly obligations that are falling behind. Asking for help has always been difficult and asking financially for help is even more so. I have already picked up a part time job to help cover the loss while still having a full time. However in saying that and in light of how things are currently going, we are asking for any help possible. Anything would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
- STL Branch BBMC
- Julie Ryberg
- Mike Honan
- Sam Preis Southeast Region BBMC