We are reaching out to you today to ask for your help and support for Jennifer Barlow, a brave and strong woman who has endured a traumatic and life-changing experience. Jennifer has been in the hospital for almost 5 months now, fighting to keep her life after she contracted a rare flesh-eating bacteria causing necrotizing fasciitis. It is believed the bacteria started from a small cut on her leg exposed to ocean water while on a trip to the Bahamas. The infection spread so quickly and viciously her brother found her unconscious in her home requiring paramedics to rush her to the hospital where she would be immediately diagnosed with Septic Shock and spend 2 weeks in a coma because the bacteria entered her blood stream. To say the least, her immediate family and friends have been rattled by the gravity of the situation, and have been by her side, throughout this entire ordeal.
Once Jennifer emerged from the coma, she then began painful debridement surgeries to remove the infected skin and muscle. After over 30 surgeries and 3 months in intensive care, the infection continues to painfully spread and she made the tough decision to amputate her entire leg hoping to give herself the best chance of survival. It is so rare that someone survives necrotizing fasciitis and we are so blessed to still have her coming out of this Alive.
She has been through so much pain and suffering throughout this process, the medical bills alone have been overwhelming. The emotional toll it has taken on her and her family has been immense.
As she begins to stabilize in the coming months, we are asking for your help in raising funds to assist Jennifer with her medical expenses, prosthetic limb costs, and rehabilitation, and all of the changes that will need to be made to accommodate her new disability . This will help her to get back on her feet…..(or foot ), both physically and emotionally, to rebuild her life after such a devastating loss.
Any contribution, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated and will go a long way in helping Jennifer on her road to recovery. Let's come together as a community and support Jennifer in any way we can.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your consideration.
Sincerely,Jennifer's Friends and Family