It was on December 20, 2017 that we learned Jonah Karpman had been in a tragic accident, one that changed his life. Home for winter break, after completing his first semester at UC Berkeley, Jonah went to meet his friends at the bay and suffered a tragic accident that resulted in paralysis from his chest down with limited movement in his arms.
Jonah was taken to Scripps Memorial trauma center where he immediately underwent a 6-hour surgery to repair and rebuild his neck in hopes of limiting the amount of damage to his spinal cord. After he spent 18 days in the ICU stabilizing his condition, Jonah was airlifted to Craig Hospital in Denver, Co., where he began intense rehabilitation to regain as much mobility and independence as he can.
Jonah is never one to give up and meets each day with a smile and positive attitude. His spirits remain high and he has already made great strides. With the love and support of family and friends, we know Jonah will continue to get stronger every day.
Jonah is an incredible young man filled with strength, determination, and faith, which he will need throughout his journey. Jonah has already met a great mentor and friend at Craig Hospital, Robert Paylor, a fellow Cal Berkeley student and rugby player who suffered a similar injury.
Average expenses the first year for a person with paralysis from a spinal cord injury are significant. When Jonah returns to San Diego, his home will have to be modified to accommodate his new injured state, various medical equipment will need to be purchased, as well as a specialized vehicle, and he will need to pay to continue his rehab. Clearly, Jonah's journey will not only be challenging, but very expensive.
So many have reached out to ask how they can help Jonah and the Karpman family in this difficult time. By donating to Jonah's Journey, it will help to relieve some of the financial stress Jonah's family is facing, allowing them to focus on his healing.
Every single donation will make a difference and is greatly appreciated. We are still in disbelief that this has happened to Jonah and ask for your support, prayers, and love as Jonah begins this long journey to recovery.
- Marcia Turek
- Marcia Turek
- Renee and Lance Stanley
- Victoria Barsily
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