Former Captain with the Layton City Fire Department, Alan “Cap” Matheson, is being poisoned by the very metal structure in his back that was meant to save him, and it’s got to be removed.
The next surgery is scheduled for October 17th and will be major. The goal will be to remove ALL of the metal from Alan’s body, so the cobalt poisoning can be stopped, and the fractures can be repaired.
As Cap prepares for recovery, we want to make his journey as easy as possible and would like to help offset any expenses. Please give generously and share this with your local community.
Cap’s prognosis is good! His body is already responding to the first surgery just a few weeks ago.
This next surgery will determine what needs to be done in the next two surgeries that follow. This is great news, but it still means Alan will go through 4 surgeries in a year's time, all in a location over 300 miles from home, plus an unknown amount of rehabilitation, therapies, and prescriptions. The financial burden alone is tremendous. Looming in the background are the years of extensive monthly and procedure-related medical expenses that have stripped this family of being financially whole.
If what others have experienced proves true for Cap, the cobalt leaving his body will return his mind and many of the ailments he is experiencing will resolve.
Cap's life can be summed up by the way he lives it, "That others may live." Alan has lived a life of service since his earliest memories. He has been a servant leader in the community, a teacher and mentor, a volunteer for numerous causes and efforts, fund-raised for other firefighters and first responders in need, and even while his health has been in a state of decline he has managed to still be there for friends and family at their times of need. Now, Cap finds himself needing a hand to reach in and pull him out of his darkness.
Please help Cap focus on recovery and let's make sure everyone that went in, gets to go home, and gets to continue living their lives, “That others may live.”
The Back Story...
In the last year, doctors have repeatedly told Cap he could not be helped, and he was, “at the end of what medicine could do to help." His wife, AnaLise, accepted the challenge, and said, "Hold my Chocolate Martini!" Unable to give up or leave Cap physically and mentally damaged and without hope, she took Cap to 8 different medical professionals and the 9th one was a charm.
Everything took a turn for the better on Sep 22, 2018, when a surgeon in Salt Lake City said the impossible, "I can help! We can get you better and give you back your life!" The first surgery was performed on October 2nd with incredible results. Already, Cap has regained feeling in his hands, arms, and toes! He is now walking with better balance and now knows when he is holding his sweetheart’s hand.
Cap is now facing 3 more surgeries needed to save his mind and his life and to restore a quality of life he lost due to illness, injury and medical recklessness. In the last decade, Cap has endured more than $350,000 in medical procedures. Just since 2010, Cap has undergone 4 surgeries, been in a coma, had 80% of his body was covered in 3rd-degree burns, endured numerous procedures and physical therapy. Nothing relieved the pain or stopped the degeneration of his health UNTIL NOW!
All of this to a father of three boys, a loving husband and a dedicated friend who loves Utah outdoors and used to enjoy 4 wheeling, hunting, shooting, vertical caving, rappelling and more. His life’s work has been to pull people out of the terrifying darkness of emergencies and illness and to grab every hand that reached for help. It has been said that Cap would give you his last dollar because if you were asking you must need it more. Cap has opened his heart and his home to many over the years. I’ve heard this humble man say the very worst part of the pain and degradation his body is suffering is that he can no longer help others the way he once could.
Thank you for your support and please share this story and ask others to help. With each of us sharing, we can accomplish this quickly and allow Cap to focus on recovery.
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