On the evening of September 12th Jenn was putting things away in the back of her vehicle while at her son’s soccer practice. Her vehicle was parked along the street and there was a parked car behind her. Her youngest son had just stepped onto the sidewalk (out of the way) when someone driving slammed their car into the parked car behind Jenn. They hit the parked car hard enough to make the airbags deploy. This made the parked car lunge into the back of Jenn’s car pinning her between the two vehicles. The bumper of the parked car wrapped around Jenn. Jenn’s husband was nearby and with the help of other men they were able to push this vehicle off Jenn. She was not able to stand and laid in the fetal position on the ground until the ambulance came to get her.
The injuries to her bones were minimal, but the injuries to the ligaments in her knees were catastrophic. She suffered multiple ligament tears in each knee in addition to severe hyperextension injury to both.
We will not know if the injuries are worse than originally thought or if there are more injuries until the surgeon operates because there was a lot of swelling and inflammation present during the MRI.
Jenn’s orthopedic doctor carefully looked for a surgeon that could take on the challenge of repairing her knees. Due to the complexity of her injuries the repair could not be done nearby. He chose Dr.Laprade in Vail, Colorado at the Steadman Clinic. Dr.LaPrade has special expertise in treating complex knee injuries. Dr.LaPrade is recognized internationally as one of the top knee surgeons in the world and even he was surprised by the extent of her injuries. This was Jenn’s only hope.
There are several financial struggles that Jenn is facing. The treatment that Jenn’s injuries require is very expensive and most importantly not entirely covered by her health insurance. The amount that Jenn is left to pay is far beyond her ability. Not only is the surgery itself expensive but the extensive rehab that is required is lengthy and costly. She has been doing rehab to prepare for the surgery and must do rehab for 6-9 months after each knee surgery. The 7-10 days immediately following the surgery she is required to stay in Vail while she receives specialized rehab twice daily. With this also brings the expensive lodging that is involved.
At this point Jenn is thinking she won’t be able to afford to have the surgery on the second knee. She can only have surgery on one knee at a time because of the extent of the injuries. She must have the “good” knee operated on first.
Jenn has always been an active person. Swimming was her sport of choice in high school and she continued to swim laps throughout her adult life. But running has been therapeutic for her for many years now. Her daily goal for several years now is to run 3 miles a day. Only then does she feel good. She has done marathons and triathlons and always keeps active.
Jenn is the mother of two boys, Mike (older) and Benji and is the wife to her husband, Tony. Not only has Jenn led an active life herself, but she has always encouraged her boys to be active. As a family they have all fallen in love with the sport of soccer. The entire family loves to play soccer as well as watch soccer.
Jenn has been a Nurse for 12 years and she has been an Operating Room Nurse for 8 years now. Her love for what she does is evident in the quality of her work. Her knowledge and skill led her to become an essential member of the Operating Room team. Her team members feel it is a privilege to get to work alongside her. As she has grown in her career she finds more ways she can contribute to the health care field. She has touched the lives of many through her work and through her personal life.
I am asking for your help to get Jenn back to the active lifestyle that she has known all her life. I am asking those that know and love her, but I am also asking those who have ever experienced an injury like this, have had to go to a clinic like the Steadman Clinic, and have had to go to a doctor like Dr.LaPrade. Those of you who have ever had to go through something like this, especially those professional athletes like the ones in the pictures that line the walls of the hallway at the Steadman Clinic……I challenge you to Help Jenn Jog Again. Unlike those professional athletes, Jenn cannot afford the high-quality care that her injury requires. Anything you can give will help, but if you have a place for Jenn to stay while in Vail that would be extremely helpful too.
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