Heroic&Tragic: The Hwy80 Survivor

On October 22nd, 2017 my life as I knew it ended.
Hi! I’m Janice (Jay) Young, 26 years old & the only survivor of a fatal accident on HWY 80 in Midland Texas. I now require constant assistance & have to spend everyday in enormous amounts of pain but I’m grateful to be alive. I hate asking for help but in this situation I don’t have any other option. I know pain is a way of life & lots of people are having a hard time from first hand experience.

I‘ve had a rough life but, everything that has ever happened to me has made me who I am today. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger barely begins to cover it. Even with the horrors I have endured nothing has been close to crushing my spirit.
That October night did what the world so many times had tried. That night almost broke me.

Last August , my fiancé Josh Larson & I made the decision to better our lives for not only us but for our child Skyler so we moved to Texas. It was supposed to be a fresh start, our new beginnings & at first that’s exactly what it was. Josh, who had never been able to hold a job before, had a fantastic paying job in the matter of days. In the time before the accident we paid off our car, we were about to sign a lease on our new place & finally after a 5 year engagement were able to finance & set our wedding date for November. However, our new lives our world came crashing down.
Before I get much further into detail you have to know one thing, Josh’s favorite thing to do was play hero. I had grown up around scum bags & had trust issues where he always saw the good in everybody. He was forever trying to save the world. Joshua Larson was the kind of friend you knew you could call, no matter day or night, he would come and help. He would give literally our last dime to anybody who was in more need then us. This got us into some bad situations quite often & that fateful night was no different.

The twenty second of October while on our way to Odessa, my family & I witnessed a helmetless motorcyclist wipeout. We immediately stopped to render aide. My stepmom & a handful of others blocked off the road & directed traffic while Josh & I tended to the severely injured driver trying to keep him conscious. The man luckily, we thought at the time, landed in the median so keeping traffic at bay wasn’t difficult. However, the unexpected happened, another motorcyclist came speeding down the median. Not only did the second motorcyclist kill the man we were trying to save but also two innocent bystanders. I was supposed to be the third & final victim. One of my last memories while Joshua was alive was looking up to see those headlights coming directly for me & the feeling of someone shoving me to the side. My Joshie seeing I was going to be hit came back & saved me while sacrificing himself. Without Josh, I wouldn’t be here today. Instead of the bike hitting me dead on, Josh's final act of heroism pushed me just enough out of the way that the motorcycle hit my right knee. I was thrown & lost consciousness. I remember opening my eyes confused & in massive amount of pain I started screaming for josh & waiting for help for what seemed like an eternity on that asphalt.

Since I’m still in litigation I cannot go into further detail but it was chaotically devastating scene.

Due to the fact that I have no insurance, even though I was in an accident that I wasn’t at fault, I have to pay out-of-pocket for all of my medical expenses & then be reimbursed after litigation concludes. As previously stated I don’t have much in the way of money or anything like that. So financing not only Josh’s service but the reconstructive hand surgery, ligament repair surgeries on both my knees and my thumb has been close to impossible.

Luckily enough, my hand surgery was urgent because if we had waited all the broken, crushed bones would set wrong so they did not wait for payment. Unfortunately the damage done to my knees & my thumb is soft tissue, so even though it causes me great amounts of pain & I‘m very limited in the things I can do, it doesn’t have to be an immediate surgery. So West Texas Orthopedics are waiting for payment before any further medical procedures.

In my left knee my ACL & MCL are torn, in my right knee the post lateral ligaments & ACL are torn & in my thumb I have a ligament completely detached. With my limited mobility I lost my job & can no longer work. The worst part is until my procedures & physical therapy are completed my life will be on pause.

My support circle I cannot thank enough because I have to depend on my family members & friends to help me out with even the simplest tasks like cutting my food or brushing my hair. My daily routine consists of painful three different sessions of post-op hand exercises while rubbing different ointments over my body to reduce swelling & promote healing. I then have to have help strapping my hand brace on to keep my thumb in place & finally strapping my knee braces on so I can “walk”. At 3 o’clock is when my daily dose of physical therapy begins for at least an hour of pain. The rest of the day consists of being carted to doctors appointments, meetings with lawyers and trying to hold myself together throughout everything. I have chosen to go through this without any pain meds so every time I move or try to pick anything up makes my overall pain almost too much to bare.

I have literally spent all my savings & called my last favor to pay for previous MRIs, X-Rays, medical equipment & doctors visits. now in a last ditch effort to not have to live like this anymore I have to ask for help.

My aunt is willing to pay for my first knee surgery however the previous balance from my hand surgery has to be current.

I’ve searched for an alternative orthopedic surgeon for the last month hoping to find someone else so we could move forward. My current surgeon in my only option because in my area every surgeon I’ve contacted will not treat patients currently involved in any litigation.

I feel like I’m being punished for trying to do a good deed & helping a stranger out. I’ve shared my story & situation but these doctors don’t seem to care. All they are worried about is getting paid.

So this amount I’m asking for is not for any of my upcoming surgeries. It is strictly to pay my previous balance from the hand reconstruction. It is the only thing preventing me from starting the process to get my life back together again. I just want to put this terribleness behind me & move forward with a new lease on life.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story.
Please donate, even if it’s a dollar at a time anything would help.
I can’t live like this anymore.
If you can’t donate please share my story.
If you can then thank you in advance.


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Jay Young 
Midland, TX
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