Jessica Reynolds, 37, of Edmond, OK awoke to find herself paralyzed from the chest down following a routine disc replacement surgery on November 19, 2020 in Oklahoma City. Recovery was to only be a few days in the hospital, but she now faces additional surgery, months or years of life-changing rehabilitation, and the uncertainty of whether she will regain the use of her arms and legs and to what extent.
The Reynolds family is facing this devastating tragedy with hope and faith but limited financial resources and we, her family and friends, are humbly asking for your help.
About the Reynolds:
Jessica and Brent have been married for 14 years and are the proud and loving parents to Skyla (13), Scout (11), Ryker (9), Gia (7), Roman (4), and Rayni (2). Their love of children has led them to foster many children over the years, from babies through teenagers. They have established and led a crisis marriage support group and are dedicated homeschool parents. They work hard to raise their children in a strong biblical environment, represented by the words of encouragement Skyla gave her mom shortly after she woke up to discover the paralysis. She said to Jessica, “Remember Mom, God does not promise that we will be happy but He promises us joy.”
The Reynolds are a wonderful family that find themselves facing an unimaginable situation.
$2000 - Transportation to Dallas
Jessica requires another immediate surgery to correct the previous attempt. This surgery will remove the replacement disc, which has shifted, and fuse the discs together. She will travel to Dallas for this surgery and this ambulance transportation is not covered by their insurance.
$5000+ - Temporary Living Expenses
Failing a miracle that corrects Jessica’s paralysis, she is facing months of rehabilitation in Denver. As both Jessica and Brent will be unable to work during this time they will have some basic living expenses to cover.
Much will be determined over the next couple of weeks as the second surgery is completed and an accurate assessment of her condition is determined. Some potential needs may be:
- Extended relocation to Denver
- Equipment to make her home more functional
- Home retrofits to allow for wheelchair access
Jessica and Brent are strong, loving, faithful, honest, and selfless people. They have fought for the well being of their foster children and would give you the clothes off their back if you needed them, and right now they need our help.
Please consider giving support to the Reynolds to help them in this overwhelmingly difficult time. No gift is too small, anything is appreciated.
Family & Friends of the Reynolds
A Message from Brent:
On November 19 2020 Jessica had surgery to replace 2 disks in her spine. For many years she had lived with crippling migraines and back pain. We tried all the different migraine medicines none really worked very well. We finally had an MRI and CAT scans done to see if we could find out if there was an issue that could be addressed. We found out she had 2 disks in her spine completely degraded down to nothing.
Ah ha we thought, get these fused or replaced with artificial disks a night in the hospital and after a week or so of rest she would be right as rain and better than ever. We consulted with 4 surgeons to figure out the best course of action and scheduled the surgery.
Jess was nervous but excited to get back the feeling of normal again that had evaded her for so many years. We went on one last trip the weekend before surgery to hike and fish and had a great time. We felt at ease and ready for the surgery. The day of the surgery we got to the hospital and surgery started a few hours later than it was scheduled so I read calming and reassuring scriptures to her as we waited.
I watched the digital board while she was in surgery waiting for phase one recovery to pop up. Once it hit phase 2, I could see her. After the surgery was over and she was in phase1 the doctor told me it would be about 45 min or so then he would move her to phase 2 and I could come in. 3 hours passed and 7pm was coming quick (the time they said all visitors had to leave). I asked the nurse as to what was going on as I was waiting in the waiting room. Finally a few minutes before 7 the doctors assistant came out and said she's still in phase 1 but I could come back anyways and see her.
She was relieved to see me but said "babe I can't move.” I told her I'm sure it’s just the anesthesia still wearing off but the nurses seamed concerned. About an hour later I finally heard that the doctors ordered a CT scan to make sure everything looked good since she still couldn't move. They finally got her into a room an hour or so later and told me I had to leave but she would be ok.
Over the night they did another CT scan and upon one of the scans found no bleeding or clots but one disk not in its right place and, from what I gathered, alot of swelling around the spinal cord.
And that brings us to today November 27th. Jessica still is paralyzed, needs another surgery and what looks like months of rehab. We are not certain what the future may hold but what we do know is we serve a mighty God the creator of all things. He has been right by our side through our marriage struggles in the past, changing both of us for His plan. He has been drawing us closer to Him, preparing to do whatever work he sets in front of us to glorify His kingdom.
Regardless of how this circumstance turns out, I know he has something he wants to use us for and I'm excited to see what it is and I know Jessica is too. This will be a long road and I’mm having to take an extended leave from work to take on a new role of Mr.Mom to our 6 blessings (a greater appreciation of all she does has developed in me) which is a blessing for me but comes with the cost of no income during this time. There will be transportation in the days ahead to get her where she will have her next surgery and to a rehabilitation facility that specializes in spinal cord injuries. We are unsure of what insurance will cover at this point and what more expenses we will see.
A Message from Jessica’s Aunt:
Jessica Trotter Reynolds is a beautiful Christian woman. At 37, she and her husband, Brent, live in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she home-schools their 6 young children and works at the family business. Jessica has always enjoyed crafting and cooking. She is active in her church and leads a Bible study group. Just before the Thanksgiving Holiday, her idyllic life took a catastrophic turn, comparable to the Book of Job. Jessica is paralyzed.
Without the mobility of her hands and legs, Jessica can no longer do the tasks that most people take for granted. She cannot cook, nor make crafts, nor hug her little ones. But, just like Job, she remains steadfast in her faith and love for God. She believes He will heal her one fine day.
Jessica has a long, costly journey ahead; an additional operation is required, after which, countless physical and occupational therapy begins. Jessica will be transported via ambulance to Dallas for the crucial surgery and rehabilitation. Unfortunately, she must leave her sweet children back home with their father. Brent has requested an emergency medical leave from work to care full-time for his family.
The separation from her children and husband will be unbearable for Jessica, but with God as her strength, she is determined to work hard and reunite with her family. Her goals are to walk again, hold her children in her loving arms, and give God all the glory. Your kind gift in support of this courageous undertaking will be greatly appreciated by Jessica and her family.
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