Jimmy Durano Needs Our Help

Hello everyone! This is a family friend of Jimmy Durano and unfortunately he needs our help. Jimmy's winning personality and magnetism cause everyone who meets him to like him. As you know he has a big heart and is always helping when his friends or loved ones are in trouble. Now it is Jimmy who really needs help from his beloved friends, colleagues, and fans.

Jimmy recently had a very serious accident that required brain surgery. This surgery was followed by over two weeks in the hospital for recovery, mostly in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The doctors were forced to remove part of his skull during his surgery and, due to swelling in his head, they cannot immediately replace part of the skull. To keep safe he must now wear a helmet just to leave the house. Only when the swelling goes down can they replace the skull. This will require an additional surgery and recovery period.

After the first surgery and hospital recovery period, he was released to go home but was still in pain. He was doing better, but after being home a while, things got worse. He was in great pain and had further had complications so he was taken back to the emergency room. After further testing it was determined that he had a serious infection. This required a Picc line be inserted to cure the infection.

"A PICC line is a thin, soft, long catheter (tube) that is inserted into a vein in a arm, leg or neck. The tip of the catheter is positioned in a large vein that carries blood into the heart. The PICC line is used for long-term intravenous (IV) antibiotics, nutrition or medications, and for blood draws."

The insertion of the PICC line required a second surgery and Jimmy is once again in great pain and in the in the ICU. When he is released there will be another very long recovery period. Unfortunately, not all of this is covered by insurance.

With the multiple surgeries we hope he will be able to work in the future, but for now, he will be laid up for a very long time and the future is unknown. It is expected he will be in recovery for at least an additional 6 months to a year after he is released from the hospital following this second surgery, and will require at least one more surgery and recovery period after that when they replace his skull.

He will not be able do any of the work he loves so much: dancing, personal appearances, scenes shoots, graphic design. While out of work the medical bills and living expenses are not stopping, nor will they during the additional surgery and hospital stay. It's not in Jimmy's optimistic nature to worry, but this time he is scared of what the future could look like.

Therefore, he really needs our support to get through these hard times. Anything you might be able to contribute will help alleviate this financial crisis, and give him some piece of mind. His husband, Christian Owen has been by his side this whole time. He spent the first 9 days of ICU staying 24/7 at the hospital sleeping in a chair next to Jimmy. He wanted to make sure he had an advocate and total support during the most critical time. This put a further drain on their resources.
We are praying for positive results and as speedy a recovery as possible. I know many of you have reached out to them with a kind word and moral support and I also know they are more thankful than you can imagine.

For all these reasons I am asking that Jimmy's friends, colleagues and fans to help by banding together and donating what they can during this time of such great need. Your assistance will allow him to get through these surgeries as smoothly as possible without extra worry and stress I can't express enough, how each donation, no matter the amount, will bring so much help and relief to Jimmy in this trying time. Thank you for any help you can provide. It is truly appreciated!

We pray to God for a speedy recovery.

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Larry Mendelson 
Palm Springs, CA

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