Joel Barnes Healing Heart $ Bridge

On June 8th 2017, my son Joel Barnes had open heart surgery, was originally to remove a rapidly evolving growth on his valve but the surgeon had to complete valve replacement. This GoFundMe is a fundraiser so to help support his medical and day to day living costs. His medical costs at this time consist of co-pay’s, immediate medical bills, appointment's and Rx’s. The money donated/requested is not intended for past medical bills. He has to keep and pay for appointments (on a weekly basis) with six separate medical doctors / practices to receive the follow up care he needs. Joel needs at least three solid months of healing for his sternum, or breastbone, heart and back.  Physical rehabilitation is Important. He is being partially treated, via IV / pump, with three very powerful antibiotics to prevent further infection from surgery, to treat lung infection and a third to treat totally separate infection that was found in heart..
I am Joel’s mother Barbara and am kicking off this fundraiser tonight as he has almost no financial resources available at this time. Currently Joel does not qualify for any assistance. I will be staying with him for a few weeks or longer so to give rides, help around the house, staying close to assist him with his medical needs. He is applying for disability, if approved it will take some time before he receives assistance. Joel has already used his entire savings to make it through a severe case of pneumonia he suffered the first two and a half months of this year.  He was hospitalized in January thru February followed with IV antibiotics at home for 6 weeks. Today, Joel desperately needs money right now!  Joel or a member of his family will share updates daily so you can stay current.  We will inform you of his progress and how these donated monies are overcoming obstacles and bridging a gap to Joel’s wellness!
Become a healing partner! Thank you for joining Joel's team!  Help celebrate Joel’s 33rd birthday on June 26th by donating! Please share this GoFundMe in social media and on websites. Include a personal note about Joel when you email this link to your friends or post in social media. Your personal notes donations, contacts and efforts will help Joel raise the monies needed, not mass media. Any amount of money, $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or more dollars is welcome and greatly appreciated. Again, remember to share “Joel’s recovery will take several months, a minimum of three before doctors say work will even be a possibility.” Three monthly contributions or a one time donation is most welcome!

Very Important, Please Read
Kindly, I am sharing Joel’s personal request in my words;
For now friends, please do not call but rather text if Joel by phone as he has a hard time resting due to pain and discomfort along with getting short of breath quickly. Right now it is best to leave your healing comments, messages and prayers on this GoFundMe. Joel may not be able to respond to you right away but he will read them all. I believe as Joel feel's better he will be his usual social self and returning messages as well thank you’s for your support! My hope is with everyone’s help, in about three months from today (mid September) he will be a new and improved Joel!

Thank you friends!
Barbara and Joel Barnes
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Joel Barnes 
Wilmington, NC