Jacob Fuhrman is the 17 year old son of Jeff and DeAnna (Boser) Fuhrman. At a very young age, Jacob was diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and OCD, which causes him to have vocal and motor tics that vary in form and intensity. He has uncontrollable urges to tap and pound on things, make very loud noises, and repeat things he hears or thinks.
Jacob's parents have taken him to see more than 20 doctors, who prescribed more than 20 different kinds of drugs he's taken. He's tried numerous diets, supplements, and therapies. None of them have given him any relief.
Neurologists and neurosurgeons at the Mayo Clinic saw him in 2013 and again in 2018, and said that Jacob has one of the most severe cases of Tourette's they've seen, and are confident they can provide him some relief by performing Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery. This is the same surgery done successfully on Parkinson's patients. Medical insurance companies will cover this procedure for Parkinson's, but not for Tourette's. There has not been enough clinical trials done to get the FDA approval needed.
The doctors at Mayo have had much success with their Tourette's patients who have received DBS. The procedure involves putting electrodes in the brain, which are attached to a battery powered stimulator placed under the skin in the chest. The surgery costs $98,000, which they require to be paid in full up front. This amount does not include expenses for follow up appointments and device maintenance costs that will incur in the future.
Friends and family have been praying for years for something that can help Jacob. Through the miracle of medicine and the incredibly humbling generosity of our community, we can do this for Jacob. The family is deeply grateful to the entire community for the support and acceptance they've always given to Jacob.
An account has also been set up at F&M Bank (PO Box 308, Pierz, MN 56364) called Jacob Fuhrman Benefit.