I am writing on behalf of my son, Jason...
On May 5, 2018, Jason suffered a traumatic injury to his hand while riding a UTV on his honeymoon in Aruba. He was travelling at a low speed and making a right turn when the front wheel hit a pothole and tipped over severing his thumb and completely destroying his palm. After freeing his arm, flagging down a passer-by and waiting over an hour for an ambulance, hospital emergency staff evaluated the damage and called in a plastic surgeon.
After a 19-hour operation, the surgeon was able to re-attach Jason’s thumb and repair his hand. The surgeon from Aruba strongly advised our family and doctors in Toronto to get him out of there as soon as it was medically safe to do so. Jason was at high risk for infection remaining in Aruba. His thumb, hand and his life was at risk if infection set in. The hospital in Aruba did not have the knowledge or the expertise to care for this type of severe injury. Jason and his new wife, Nicole, described the hospital as a nightmare from hell.
Four days later, a second surgery, totalling 9 hours, was necessary to try and save the thumb because there was a blockage cutting off blood supply. He was administered high doses of blood thinners to prevent blood clots.
There was no way Jason could fly home on a commercial airline in his condition as it would further jeopardize his thumb, his hand, and possibly his life. On May 13, 2018, our family made special arrangements with a private carrier to fly at sea level and return Jason and Nicole home to Toronto accompanied by a medical team. The bill for that alone was $54,000.
Having Jason back home in Canada, was the most wonderful Mother’s Day present any mother could ask for.
Jason was admitted to Toronto Western Hospital upon arrival. The next day, the surgeons had no choice but to amputate his thumb, as it did not survive, and remove the dead tissue from previous skin grafts. Jason is due for more surgery here in Toronto for further skin grafts as well as extensive rehabilitation.
Over the last three years, Jason and Nicole meticulously saved to pay for their wedding and honeymoon. To top it off, just three weeks before their wedding, Jason was laid off from his job. He cannot even think about looking for new employment as he is now disabled and has a long road ahead to recovery. Jason is hopeful that by the end of this year he can be fitted for a prosthetic.
Jason and Nicole are now facing a heavy financial burden with the medical expenses and the emergency flight home.
Please help this newlywed couple survive a very trying and difficult first year of marriage.
Any donations would be so greatly appreciated.
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- Marietta Mnatsakanian
- Henry Lloyd
- Nicolas Singh
- Eileen and Larry Vanburskirk
- Antonio and Ivana RV Law LLP
Organizer and beneficiary
Downsview Central, ON