Dear friends and family,
On Friday, September 14th, without warning, Jerry suffered a massive heart attack while at home with his wife Pam. Pam, family friend - Carole Pepper and the paramedics worked feverishly and were able to keep Jerry's heart going while he was transferred to the hospital and later air lifted to Sudbury. However, the damage to his heart and the lack of oxygen resulted in Jerry being put into a medically induced coma after his surgery to repair the one artery that was 90% blocked. The prognosis wasn't good...
But Jerry, being the fighter that he is... is pulling through! Today he is awake, off all pain meds and sedation. He is still ventilated but he is responding to the drs and loved ones through blinks and head movements. The doctors are uncertain about the amount of damage his brain sustained due to the lack of oxygen - only time will tell. However, he is still with us and this is nothing less than a miracle. With Pam and his family by his side he continues to fight and will hopefully heal and grow stronger everyday.
He has a long road to recovery in front of him. There will be medical expenses, travel costs and medical equipment needed for their house when he comes home. Jerry and Pam need to be able to focus on his recovery without the thought of financial burden looming over them.
Jerry is one of the kindest men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He always greats you with his million dollar smile and loves nothing more than to hear someone laugh at one of silly jokes. He is a proud man that would rather give than take, but this is the time for us to give back to Jerry.
Let's give his heart a hug... let's help him heal.
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