Jake Veeders recovery fund

$9,000 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 162 people in 3 months
Created November 20, 2018

On the evening of November 17th as Trisha Smith was preparing to go to bed and she received a phone call that every mother dreads. Her 20 year old son Jake was in an accident. Over the next few hours as the doctors worked on Jake and discovered just how bad his injuries were it became more and more apparent that his recovery will be very intense and a long road. He has SEVERE burns to both his feet, legs and buttocks. Multiple fractures to his face. Neck fracture. A severely broken left shoulder and left arm. He has an injury to his carotid artery that puts  him at risk for a stroke.  A laceration to his liver. A collapsed lung. And a couple busted teeth. Unfortunately there is still a possibility that he will lose his left foot . He's had a few surgeries at this point and is expected to have more surgery every couple of days for the next couple of weeks. He's currently looking at a minimum of a 6 week stay in the hospital with extreme rehabilitation after that. 

His parents are staying by his side as much as possible. His father David lives in another state and flew in as soon as he got the call. He has plans to stay at the hospital by Jake's side until he's released. Thankfully the hospital has a "family room" for them to use but it's still basically a hospital room with an uncomfortable bed. Trish also has other children to care for so she's doing her very best to split her time up between a preteen and 1 year old triplets at home and the hospital. 

Due to an overwhelming amount of people asking how they can help Jake and his family financially we finally decided to create a fundraiser. Jakes parents were very hesitant in the beginning simply because they were unsure if auto insurance would cover all of Jakes medical expenses. We have since found out that due to him being 20 years old he is eligible for Medicaid, which is GREAT news. So this fundraiser will be used for anything not covered by Medicaid as well as the ridiculous amounts of recovery Jake is going to have to do. He will be unable to work for at least a year. He’s going to have a ton of doctor and therapy appointments. With the possibility of losing his left leg (we’ll keep everyone updated on this) he’s going to have even more to overcome. Please remember, this is being created because there has been an overwhelming amount of people requesting to help financially. If things change for some reason and Jake has no need for the money (in the event auto or medical insurance pays for additional financial support) the donations will be reversed. If there is more money than Jake needs to sustain a “normal” life, we will pay the money forward to someone else or a charity that is in need.

Donations will be withdrew and handled by Jacobs step dad, Arthur Smith. They will be put into an account and dispersed as Jacob needs. Until Jacob wakes up his parents (Mom, Dad, and step dad) will continue to handle any of his financial responsibilities.
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The latest update on Jake via his Mom on 12-28-18...

Jake is out of surgery. They removed his right foot, halfway up his calf.

They did not do the grafting because they need to do a biopsy and cultures first. The burns he has on his lower back and buttocks have been kind of infected, and they’ve been treating them. They’re not healing though. They were reluctant to perform the skin grafts because if they graft over the infection it could not “take” and then he would have been through an entire surgery for nothing.

Bad news. They're worried the infection he has is sepsis. They have him on two antibiotics right now and if the cultures come back septic they fight it aggressively. The cultures have to grow, they watch them for up to five days. I’ll update everyone as soon as we know.

He is kind of awake. As awake as he was pre-surgery. His vitals have returned to a good point. They were high before surgery.

Thank you all for praying and thinking of Jake.
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12-1-18 This is the latest update from Jake's Mom....

Surgery went well. We are waiting to see Jake, it’ll be a little while.

They removed his left leg below the knee. His right foot is gone, but they left his heel. They’re hoping that heals well enough so he can at least have one “foot” (heel) to help balance. We have to wait and see if that is good enough. Hopefully he doesn’t end up having to lose more.

We are hoping he will finally sleep, it’s been four days with no sleep.

I have much more I could add to this update, but I’m mentally exhausted and that’s the stuff I figured I should share.

Things are going to be rough for a while. When he wakes up he is inevitably going to look down and see that his feet are gone. We are not mentally prepared for that. We’ll do everything we possibly can to help Jake adjust, obviously. Its just going to be hard on all of us. Mostly Jake.

Thanks everyone for the prayers and positivity. He made it out of surgery, that’s what is most important.
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Raised by 162 people in 3 months
Created November 20, 2018
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