WALKING WITH JASON

WALKING WITH JASON

Hello,  I’ve set up this "Go Fund Me" campaign to raise funds to assist my 26 year old nephew, Jason Hibbert, of Knoxville, TN with the cost of a prosthetic leg, and the growing medical bills he’s facing.

I invite anyone reading this to donate and to follow along and join us in “WALKING WITH JASON”, as we bring you updates on his progress and fundraising status.

Many of you have been praying and following his journey during the last 7.5 weeks but for those of you who haven't, here is a little bit of his story thus far:

On April 9th, Jason woke up extremely sick, and with lower extremity pain and swelling. He was taken to the hospital and was immediately admitted into ICU with Renal (kidney) failure and Compartment Syndrome. The next 5 weeks were very difficult with many days of prayer for God to save his life, as the doctors told us he was a very, very sick young man.  A surgical procedure called a fasciotomy was performed, as it is the most effective treatment of compartment syndrome. It involves cutting open the inflexible tissue encasing each of the affected muscle compartments (fascia) to relieve the pressure.  48586914_1591571412585856_r.jpeg

He endured 7 additional surgeries, including skin grafting afterward on his legs; he had Kidney Dialysis multiple times a week; had Heart Failure complications with only 25% function; had his lungs drained due to double pneumonia; and contracted a staph infection in the hospital.

With strict hospital visitation restrictions due to Covid-19, Jason was not allowed to have anyone with him or to visit for weeks, except through FaceTime on his phone.  This was so difficult for him and hard on the family.  Thankfully, they made a few exceptions and did allow his Mom to visit for a few minutes after each surgery.48586914_1591592523276036_r.jpeg

Each day it seemed he had another battle to fight. By God’s grace, lots of prayers, and a strong will, Jason’s kidneys, lungs and heart healed, and the physicians’ main focus became his right leg. On May 12th, once he was stable enough and off dialysis, Jason was transferred to Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville (3 hours away from his hometown of Knoxville, TN, and a long, bumpy, rainy ride by ambulance).  He was to be seen by the best Ortho Trauma and Plastic Surgeons in the state, with hopes they could save his right leg. Unfortunately, after 3 more surgeries, the surgeons at Vanderbilt concurred that they had done all they could to save his leg, and amputation was quite necessary. This was something Jason and his family knew may be coming, but prayed he wouldn't be faced with it.48586914_1591593860250046_r.jpeg

 On May 21st, Jason had his right lower leg amputated. (This photo is immediately after amputation surgery in the recovery room, with his mother, Melissa) The relief and peace of God is upon both of their faces. 48586914_1594096721854440_r.jpeg

Since then, it has been a very painful recovery. Jason has been transferred by ambulance for inpatient therapy at Patricia Neal Rehab Center in Knoxville.  Here he will begin the long road to get started on rehabilitation, and will learn to walk again with the use of a prosthetic leg.  We hope to raise enough funds for the prosthetic leg by the time he is healed enough and ready for it, and also hope to raise additional funds to pay for medical expenses.  48586914_1591571588553449_r.jpeg

Jason has battled so much in the past nearly 8 weeks, and has a long recovery ahead of him. We still do not know what the future holds for his left leg, and remain prayerful.  Fortunately, Jason had a job with insurance that will definitely help with some of the medical expenses.  However, after 8 weeks in the hospital, who knows how long at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, then outpatient therapy, and the need for a prosthesis, he is facing extreme costs. Unfortunately, due to the type of job Jason had, he can no longer work there, but they were gracious enough to keep him on insurance, so he could convert over to COBRA. He will be required to cover the entire monthly premium himself, on top of everything else, and with no income at all at this time.
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At this time, Jason’s medical bills have already reached well over $200,000. Having researched the costs of a prosthetic leg, the cost can be anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000.

Any help we can provide him to offset these costs would be welcomed and greatly appreciated.   Your donations will be used solely for these purposes and will be withdrawn regularly as made to apply toward these costs.  How it works:   I have designated Jason's  mother Melissa Hibbert as the Beneficiary of this campaign on Jason's behalf and withdrawals will be made from GoFundMe directly to her bank account for payment of Jason's medical expenses.

We thank you for your prayers!  We know God is working in ways we cannot see, and He will bring Jason through this.  We appreciate your help as we work together to meet Jason’s needs at this very difficult time in his life.

We will bring you updates here as we all work together to support and WALK WITH JASON.

For those who prefer to send donations using other methods, or for questions or more information, please contact me, Sheila Calhoun of Dandridge, TN,  the Organizer  of this fundraiser using the Contact link below.

Thank you for giving, for praying and for helping.  PLEASE SHARE this campaign!

Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • $286 
    • 2 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 6 d
  • Erik Martin 
    • $225 
    • 15 d
  • Leah Tenorio  
    • $10 
    • 17 d
  • Edward Hibbert 
    • $35 
    • 21 d
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Organizer

Sheila Calhoun 
Organizer
Dandridge, TN
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