On December 20, 2017, Joe had a debilitating hemorrhagic stroke at age 49. The stroke affected his right brain and has left him paralyzed on his left side and unable to speak clearly. His 10-year-old son, Nate, was with his mom when they found Joe collapsed on the floor of his home in Shelbyville, Ky. He had spent five hours alone on the floor before being found. 911 was immediately called and he was rushed to the hospital.
Joe spent nine days at the University of Louisville hospital, including 7 days in ICU. On December 29, he was transferred to Frazier Rehab where he will spend at least three weeks as an inpatient before he begins many months of outpatient rehab. He has retained much of his cognitive ability, but his doctors do not know how much of his mobility he will regain. The next three weeks in rehab will determine much of his future.
Above is a picture of Joe with his son. Joe is currently the leader for his son's Boy Scout den. Joe is also an active member of the St. Gabriel parish in Louisville.
Joe has been an IT guy, specifically a network engineer, his entire career. He's been working since he was 12 years old, when he started out mowing yards around his old neighborhood in Azusa, Calif. He's never before been in a position where he needed to ask anyone for financial help.
Joe has medical insurance, but there are co-pays and deductibles and many additional expenses that he is incurring as a result of his stroke. For instance, his two golden retrievers are in a kennel that is costing him $41 a day, and he has had to hire someone to take care of the cows, chickens and other animals on his five-acre farm in Shelbyville. He will also need home care assistance once he is out of the hospital. All of these costs add up, and having a fund to draw from will help alleviate some of the financial strain that Joe will be dealing with when he finishes his inpatient rehab.
His doctors do not know how long he will be off work as a result of his stroke, so any financial help that can be given would be appreciated. All donations will be used to help offset Joe's medical expenses.
Thank you for your help!
(Please note that Joe's adult nephew, Christopher, is mentioned on this account because he is the family member designated to use this fund to cover Joe's medical bills since Joe is unable to manage his own bank accounts right now.)
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