As some of you know, my brother Jim Isaacs suffered a spinal injury this past weekend. During a routine visit to his son Mathew’s daycare, to pick him up, he did what he typically does and hangs out to “play” for a little bit.
When a young gymnast challenged Jim to doing a handstand, Jim did what any Isaacs would do and accept that challenge with confidence! As he became inverted, with a full extension of his body into the air. That’s when his previous injuries came back to haunt him...
His arms gave out completely (think spaghetti noodle, raw vs cooked) and all of his weight came crashing down head first into the ground.
He laid there, fully conscious for around 20 minutes, motionless. He had no feeling of his arms and legs. He thought he was paralyzed and panic began to set in.
When the feeling of his arms & legs returned, it was extremely painful (still is). He was able to get up and move around but not without excruciating pain.
After dropping his son off with his mom, he went home like he normally would, not realizing he just literally broke his neck. His now fractured C3 & C4 vertebrae came together to completely crush the disc between them, nearly severing his spinal chord. The disc was putting so much pressure on his spinal chord, that he was fading in and out of paralysis.
Jim checked himself into the ER with the help of a friend at Regions hospital at the recommendation of his local Urgent Care Nurse. He remains there today, recovering from a very difficult surgery in the ICU.
The doctor was able to go through his throat and remove the disc, but part of it was literally wedged into his spinal chord. This took much longer than expected, but the doctor was able to remove the fragment and Jim will make a full recovery.
This was a very expensive procedure and Jim will be out of work for the remainder of the year (minimum 6 months). We estimate after his insurance takes care of their end, his bills are going to stack up extremely fast as well as the medical bills that will be coming in droves.
The Isaacs family is known for never asking anyone for anything, we are far too stubborn and bull-headed to think we ever need help. But this time it’s different, Jim has had some serious hardships over the last few years and he was finally going to be on top of everything. He has a good paying job and he was nearly debt free. This will reverse that by 5 digits in the some.
Please consider clicking that Donate button so he can focus on healing and raising his son, instead of stressing about keeping the lights on.
The Isaacs Family
- Vaughn Picciano
- Rachel Wood
- Aaron Begnaud
- Blake & Kathy Begnaud
- kathy Lindbeck
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