Jon Platt Transplant & Debt Relief

Jonathan Platt lost his older brother Tim to cancer on May 24th.  Unfortunately, he was unable to attend his brother’s funeral because he had been hospitalized with a failing liver and overtaxed kidneys.  When admitted to the hospital, his normal 250lb body had ballooned from fluid buildup to 318lbs.  There were times when some feared back-to-back funerals for these siblings as Jonathan struggled to stay alive hooked to ventilators and other machines, but with a chorus of prayers, some very competent doctors, extensive dialysis treatments and numerous paracentesis cycles, Jonathan has fought back to the point where we now have hope that he can sustain himself until a liver transplant can be arranged.

Jonathan has just been accepted into a transplant program and, if things go well, he will soon be on the transplant list and wait his turn in line for the gift of life provided by a considerate organ donor, more than likely a complete stranger.  Have you considered becoming a donor? 

There’s never a good time to go through this, but Jonathan, his wife Molly and their three young boys have never experienced this level of adversity in all their lives, and they are learning to rely on their faith in God and in God’s people to sustain them.  

In addition to losing his brother during his illness, Jonathan also lost his second short term job since his 18-year Boy Scout job ended last year.  Both interim jobs had provided a minimal income level and Jonathan was forced to rely on credit cards to make ends meet.  Molly, who had been a full-time mom, took on back-to-back minimum wage jobs to try to offset the loss of income, but the essential bills now combine with significant credit card debt to dwarf her single and small paycheck.   

Creditors are being contacted to ask for temporary relief until they can get past this substantial medical challenge.  A disability application has been submitted to Social Security, but they’ve been told it could take between four and six months to be approved.  Medicaid has agreed to cover some of his costs going forward; however, his prior insurer is pushing back on paying for the care he’s received to date.  In the future, a successful transplant will require very expensive anti-rejection medication.

Friends, family, and some strangers have come forward to make personal donations of time and dollars.  Some recommended crowd funding as an effective way to alleviate the financial stress this family is experiencing, thus this GoFundMe page.  If we can meet this financial goal, the Platt family can push their accumulated debt off their priority list and focus on getting Jonathan better. 

Once he’s recovered, Jonathan hopes to visit his brother’s grave and to see his sister-in-law, nephews, and nieces to celebrate Tim’s life.  Let’s pray that they’ll be able to do that, and let’s reach this financial goal so they can do it without this tremendous debt burden.

God bless you!
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 57 mos
  • Gary Williams 
    • $1,000 
    • 58 mos
  • Austin Bradley 
    • $100 
    • 58 mos
  • Sharon Fortenberry 
    • $100 
    • 58 mos
  • Carrie Chan 
    • $50 
    • 58 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Gene Carter 
Spartanburg, SC
Molly Platt