My name is Jen Kendall and I am Stephens niece. I am setting up this GoFundMe account in hopes of helping to alleviate financial stresses that have accumulated during Stephens hospital stay over the last month, as well as anticipated medical expenses in the months to come.
For those who are unfamiliar with the situation, here is a brief summary. Stephen was admitted to the hospital July 15 because of severe abdominal pain. They discovered that he had Pancreatitis, and that his Pancreas was double it's normal size and surrounded by fluid. On July 17 Stephen was transferred to ICU due to complications with his medical treatment (blood clots, Pulmonary embolism, lack of mental responsiveness, ICU dementia, etc.). He remained in ICU care, almost entirely unresponsive up until August 10. This was a completely unexpected and unpredictable illness that was devastating and life threatening. The medical staff gave him about a 15% chance of survival.
Stephen has always been a fighter, and he has been making great improvements over the last several days. They moved him from ICU to a step-down care unit. He is slowly coming to and making progress each day. However, his recovery is going to be a slow and lengthy process. He has been in bed for over a month and has lost a lot of physical strength. He will need to work with physical therapists to learn to walk again. They suspect that he will have traumatic memories of the events from when he was between worlds, and mentioned that he may even have PTSD. He is going to have to actively participate in physical therapy, occupational therapy and psychiatry for an extended period of time. Upon Stephens release, he will also require in-home nursing care.
Both Stephen and Lois have been out of work for an entire month at this time. While Lois is doing her best to get back to work as soon as possible, Stephen will likely be quite some time before he is able. Unfortunately when tragedy strikes, the world does not pause, and all this time the bills have been piling in. The medical expenses are vast, and will be constantly adding up over the next several months. Additionally, the financial stresses are mounting because there is no way of projecting when Stephen will be able to work again.
Funds are urgently needed to help Stephen and Lois. If you are able, any amount will be appreciated more than words can possibly express. Thank you so much for considering a donation.
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