Support for JR During Recovery

God is so Good! We thank you all for your prayers for JR!

JR and his family is in need of your monetary support. During his recovery he will be out of work for a couple of months. Let's show him and his family how much they are loved. Below you will read the events that occurred last Wednesday morning.

From Aura:
Tuesday night we said good night to the kids, watched a movie and went to sleep like every other night. At around midnight I woke up because I heard Joseph making a snoring sound but it was irregular. I immediately jumped off the bed and turned the light on. I saw Joseph face down on the bed and his tongue was out of his mouth. I stood on top of the bed and rolled him over, it looked like his tongue was too big for his mouth and I thought for some reason it was swollen. I tried to move his tongue out of the way to help him but it didn’t work. I started CPR and called 911, while they were on speaker I kept CPR going. Then they told me I had to put him on the floor which I did by dragging him off the bed. I kept doing CPR until the paramedics came and took over. I heard talking and they said they couldn’t find his pulse, another one said it was there but faint. I was so scared, my oldest daughter woke up but was too scared to come out of the room and said she heard everything that was happening.

They took Joseph to the hospital and put a tube in his mouth, they wouldn’t let me in to see him yet and I was just a mess. When I finally got to see him he was sedated. They had to put his body in hypothermia for 24 hours to preserve his brain and paralyze him because he was shaking too much. Thursday morning it was the day when they started to warm him up and take him off the medication that was keeping him sedated. They said we just need to wait a few days before he wakes up and also see if what type of damage was done to the brain. His mom flew from NC Thursday morning and arrived at the hospital while the process was being done. She talked to him and told him “Mama is here” and he moved his eyes but not much reaction. About 6 to 7 hours later he was awake and  responding to commands. It was a miracle happening in front of our eyes!

The doctors did every test possible and all came back normal. We are still waiting on the results of an MRI with contrast that was done to try to get an answer. Joseph does not drink, smoke and doesn’t do any drugs. All he does is work and spends time with his family. Today 10/01 at 4 PM he will have surgery to put a defibrillator in to make sure this does not happens again. He will be out of work for a couple of months until he fully heals.  Please continue to pray for him and our family. Your donation will be greatly appreciated. We love you all!

  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 33 mos
  • Donna Tammaro  
    • $50 
    • 33 mos
  • Maria Perez 
    • $20 
    • 33 mos
  • Evi Bonilla  
    • $10 
    • 33 mos
  • Chase Horton  
    • $50 
    • 33 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Carla Strickland 
Siler City, NC
JR Smith 
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