John’s Long Road to Recovery

My brother John is presently going through a health crisis. He has a long and complicated health history which took a turn for the worst in Oct. 2017. Let me give you a little bit of his background, he was diagnosed with diabetes in his teens and approx. 18 years ago he mysteriously developed a blood clot that traveled to his Spinal cord leaving him completely paralyzed from the upper chest down and told he would be in a wheelchair. With GOD and our dearly departed mother’s spirit by his side, he worked hard at his recovery for 3 years and miraculously walked away from his customized wheelchair and back to work as a conductor.
He has been on dialysis a little over 6 years and anxiously awaiting a kidney transplant, yet again thrown another curve ball last year when he developed a callous on his left heel. Even though he was under a great doctors care, the wound got progressively worse resulting in a fever and 2 serious infections. He was admitted to the hospital and after a series of tests (including a bone biopsy) found that the infection had spread to his heel bone. He was treated with aggressive antibiotics and thankfully the infection did not spread and the antibiotics began to work.
In the mean time, he found that the leg was not getting good blood flow and surgery was done to help correct that and didn’t. It was then discussed and tentatively scheduled for a below the knee amputation but by the good grace of GOD the doctors were surprised that the blood flow was better than expected and decided to put the amputation on the back burner. The plan to save the leg is to do daily hyperbaric treatment, aggressive wound care, physical therapy and of course continued dialysis.  Once the infection was gone he was looking forward to going home and preparing to continue his recovery and yet again more bad news. Horizon Blue Cross cut off his insurance with no advance notice telling him to apply for Medicare.
The hospital discharged him with a fever and another infection which newly developed sending him home with nothing in place, no home care, no assistance in getting him to his most important treatments, no wheelchair, no shower bench, nothing! With this being said, my brother is in need of not only your prayers but also some financial assistance. It seems he may need to purchase a customized wheelchair (not just a regular one) for his special needs along with a shower bench and some help with his day to day bills until he applies and gets approved for disability and Medicare ( his phone appointment is in 2 weeks). Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated allowing him to focus on his healing and not stress so much on finances. Thank you in advance for your kindness, compassion and contribution. May GOD Bless you!
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Linda Abrahams
Lakewood Township, NJ

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