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Chase: Amputation, let's help save their home!

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This is a long saga of “howevers” ultimately ending in amputation. My very dear friend, Chase, has been suffering misfortune since early-2016. In early-2016, Chase began his saga with knee surgeries. In mid-2016, he had undergone double partial knee replacement surgeries that failed him in early-2018. He began alternatives medical treatments because orthopedic surgeons were convinced there was nothing wrong with Chase’s partial knee implants; however, they were wrong. Both of his knee implants were loosening and causing him extreme daily pain. After the experimental treatments (not covered by insurance), Chase sought a second opinion in mid-2019.In early-2021, Chase underwent what-seemed-to-be a typical routine total knee replacement surgery; however, he continued to experience every negative thing we hope never happens to us or our loved ones.  He has undergone 10 different knee surgeries because he developed 4 extremely persistent infections (staph E, staph H, klebsiella, and strep) all separately inside his left knee joint.  His second-opinion orthopedic surgeon blamed Chase’s own immune system for being weak, allowing infections to grow, and become untreatable. So, Chase underwent an immune test to determine if he was immunocompromised; however, the test determined his immune system was good without any issues.  Then, this same surgeon blamed Chase again for his repeated infections by saying Chase was not “taking it easy” during his recoveries; however, none of the surgeons nor infectious disease doctors were able to answer how would Chase’s body itself have developed 4 different infections after multiple surgeries by not “taking it easy”? Then, Chase ended-up seeking a third orthopedic surgeon; however, Chase’s knee had already undergone too many surgeries and his skin and bones were very fragile.  However, after years of knee surgeries and fighting staph E, staph H, klebsiella, and strep… after two blood clots, filters, and developing sepsis… after a broken knee cap, two failed nerve cauterizations, and two failed coolief injections… years of multiple ER admissions, hospital stays, and surgeries… years of daily IV antibiotics and oral medications… after years of never-ending daily pain in his legs and unbearable mental anguish… after years of side effects and extremely limited mobility… years lost of precious time with his wife and daughter and loss of his job… after all that (plus more not mentioned here), his orthopedic surgeon and infectious disease doctors had one last option to save Chase’s life…. a high-thigh amputation, which occurred on June 19, 2023.  Next steps will include Chase being admitted to an acute rehab facility, going through the year-long process of physically learning how to balance, walk, climb stairs, use a prosthetic leg, cope with phantom pain, and so much more than we two-legged healthy individuals can comprehend, like putting on a shoe, bending over without falling over, restroom, shower. And, let’s not forget healing mentally.  After years of anguish endured by Chase, his wife, and their daughter, they have been suffering financially from medical bills, copays, and deductibles, and Chase losing his job due to his knee surgeries. He also does not qualify for SSD or SSI due to a very strict rule about earned points.  It’s difficult for me to tell Chase’s story without becoming emotional; however, Chase is a longtime very dear friend of mine and others. We feel strongly that we need to circle our wagons around his family and help them as much as we can because Chase, his wife, and their daughter would do (and have done) the exact same for others in need. They are very kind and thoughtful, and it’s time for us to pay-it-forward to them.  Ultimately, our goal in creating this GoFundMe for Chase is to help him, his wife, and their daughter keep their home, instead of losing it to his medical bills and job loss.  With becoming a one-income family and all the added medical-related costs, they have done their best by scaling back, pulling some of their retirement savings, and they looked into refinancing their home; however, refinancing would make their monthly mortgage higher due to our nation’s increasing interest rates.  I apologize for the long backstory. I could not fit all his injustice and all our love into a quick read.  Please, help pay-it-forward to a little family that we love so much!


  • Angie Hughes
    • $10 
    • 8 d
  • Cooper Hejl
    • $10 
    • 3 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $100 
    • 8 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $100 
    • 8 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $20 
    • 8 mos

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Rick Springer
Raised $2,070 from 22 donations
Bay Village, OH
Chase Wilcox
Edward Herbert
Team member
Raised $2,450 from 7 donations
This team raised $15,960 from 95 other donations.

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