Jeremy Renbarger, who lives in Nevada, is just your typical 26-year-old for the most part. He has always had to work hard for what he has as his mother passed away when he was barely an adult and his father lives in Wisconsin, but Jeremy loves life in Nevada. He lives in a one-bedroom apartment, works full time, spends lots of time with family, friends and his girlfriend of 4 years, Janeth. And pursues his passion every chance he gets…making music. His world was forever changed on Tues. Jan. 30th. While at work, Jeremy collapsed due to what was initially believed to be a heart attack. Between a co-worker giving him CPR and the paramedics, it took approx. 30 minutes to revive him. He was rushed to Southern Hills hospital where he was put in a medically-induced coma. On Thurs. Feb. 1st, the doctors brought Jeremy out of the coma only for him to suffer another event with his heart and 20 minutes later he was revived again. The doctors then ran a series of tests on him including a MRI. The MRI showed that more than 50% of Jeremy’s brain was damaged due to lack of oxygen getting to his brain when he suffered his attacks. We were given the devastating news that there was very little chance of survival and that the best we could hope for is he would be in a vegetative state for the rest of his life.
Obviously distraught and heartbroken we did what any family would do in this situation. Pray for a miracle!
In the days that followed, with friends and family by his side, Jeremy began to show us the miracle we so desperately sought. His eyes opened, and he started to answer questions with the nod of his head. His father asked him to squeeze his hand and he did! OMG, how could this be? On Tues. Feb 6th, one week from the day he entered the hospital, it became apparent he no longer needed a machine to breath for him, so the doctor removed it. It was on that day he began to speak, and our tears of sorrow shifted to tears of joy.
It is now Fri. Feb. 9th and Jeremy continues to show signs of improvement each and every day! He is no longer on any form of life support, he is talking and with assistance he is even walking a bit. He is in no way self-sufficient but improves daily. The doctors have implanted a defibrillator to avoid future mishaps with his heart and are transferring him to an inpatient therapy hospital on Monday to help him with his memory, speech and the ability to walk on his own.
Jeremy has insurance however we are struggling to get the company to pay for the inpatient therapy. His mail box will soon start to fill with medical bills, insurance co-pays and everyday bills yet he will not see wages for who knows how long.
I am hopeful that we can raise money to pay for Jeremy’s hospital/therapy bills and pay the rent on his apartment, so it and all his belongings are there for him when he is ready to go home.
Jeremy is a kind and all around great young man! He is loved, and he is a fighter! Please help him out anyway you can so someday he can resume the life he so deserves.
Feel free to ask any questions you may have. And thank you in advance for your kindness.
- Cherry Hodnett
- Major E. Magwood
- Janette Walle
Organizer and beneficiary
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