In 2014 one of the most caring, generous, and genuine people was dealt a very bad deck during a routine surgery at a prominent Seattle-area hospital. Jeff contracted MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a painful and extremely hard to cure infection from a dirty surgical implant and has been fighting for his life and livelihood ever since.
The pain that was supposed to subside after the initial surgery was getting worse while his doctors kept telling him everything was fine. Nearly 7 months later and in excruciating pain, Jeff took himself to the emergency room at another clinic for a second opinion and was immediately inducted to surgery to remove the initial implant and start an antibiotic pick-line to his heart to try and fight the MRSA they found.
Multiple surgeries, much miss-diagnosis, endless pain, and countless hours of physical therapy later the MRSA infection from the original surgery is back and more aggressive than ever.
The hospital that infected Jeff wont help, the maker of the implant claims no liability, his insurance company is throwing red tape everywhere, the attorneys aren't engaged and now Jeff is battling for his home, his business, and his life.
His business is a small metalworking and repair company in Bellevue, Washington and Jeff lives in the shop. Battling this life-threatening infection and barely able to walk due to the unsuccessful knee-replacement, Jeff's financial situation is now dire. A man so full of hope, so positive about the outcome, and so driven to fight the odds has all but given up. For all of us that know him and call him a friend, it breaks our hearts to see his hope nearly gone.
Jeff needs our help. The first $20,000 in donations will go directly toward the back-rent owed to Jeff's landlord with a few months buffer so he can keep his home and place of work while he fights the infection, the hospital, and the insurance companies. Anything beyond the first $20,000 will go directly towards Jeff's ever-mounting medial bills and hopeful rehabilitation.
He wants to work, he wants to contribute, and more importantly he wants to survive. Jeff has faced a mountain of challenges higher than Everest the last three years and is now out of options. Your donation will go toward saving the home and life of a man willing to give everything for anyone.
From his friends and loved ones, thank you for your support. We will post updates as things progress but time is truly of the essence.
His friend and neighbor,
- Mitch G.
PS. For those who care, Jeff's heart is as big as the planet and this is how he thinks:
- Joel Jelderks
- Cristian P
- Tapler Ohana
- Miranda Albright
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