May 12, 2019 my mother rushed Jason (31), a lifelong resident of Beaverton, MI, to the ER after showing signs of a stroke. He was having slurred speech and the left side of his face was drooping. That mother’s day was the beginning of what would become more than a month of hell. Tests later revealed that he suffered 13 strokes from blood clots that his recently replaced aortic valve was throwing throughout his body. October 6th was his first open heart surgery to replace the valve and drain an abscess in the heart. This was all caused by an INFECTED TOOTH!
He spent that first week, after mother’s day, at Henry Ford-we were told that University of Michigan hospital was refusing him. My mom was able to get him transferred to U of M, where the first surgery was performed, and he went in for open heart surgery May 28, 2019. The whole family was overjoyed when the surgeons told us the surgery was successful-but that he would not be able to have any other open heart surgeries for the rest of his life. It quickly turned to horror when Jason suffered major complications that ultimately resulted in 3 additional surgeries.
The first was the next morning after surgery when they were able to wake him. A CT scan showed a clot cutting off blood supply to his intestines. Once in the OR, they were able to restore blood flow by grafting veins from his legs, but not before the right side of his colon had died and needed to be removed. Due to infection and the risk for further organ death, Jason remained in a medically induced coma for the rest of the week. That Friday, they were able to verify that the grafted veins were working and reconnect the colon to its designed place. The week after was full of uncertainty as Jason struggled with pain management as well as elevated heart rate (over 150) and arrhythmias. He underwent cardioversion to correct his sinus heart rhythm.
Tuesday, June 11th, Jason woke with stomach pain and after many requests by my mom, they conducted another CT scan to check for clots in the belly and lungs. The test was inconclusive but they scheduled him for surgery again. By Wednesday morning the bloating and pain was not as bad so they opted to not go into surgery but instead do further testing. This test revealed that the last surgery to reconnect the bowels was unsuccessful and they have been leaking into his abdomen for 2 weeks. Once again, he was rushed into surgery to repair the leaking bowels. Jason now has an ostomy bag that will remain for at least 6 weeks.
Jason, as many of you know, was my father’s caregiver until his death September 2018. Jason was very ill himself when our father passed and has not been able to secure any type of employment. We are asking if any of you can find it in your heart to help with bills and home repairs for Jason. Jason is very handy and generally takes care of repairs on his own. His declining health has caused some of the repairs to be neglected. We recently found that his electricity has been shut off and, due to freezing pipes this winter, repairs will be needed to have efficient running water. DHS was not able to assist with any of these repairs since our father received assistance prior to his death. These repairs will need to be done before Jason can come home. Anyone willing to volunteer services would also be graciously accepted.
Our mother has been by Jason’s side this whole time, staying in a hotel for over a month. She is truly an amazing person and mother. Thank you for the continued prayers and thoughts for Jason’s recovery.