Let's Fix Jed!
You might not know Jedidiah Hall, but I do, and because of that I'd like to take a moment to tell you about him. At 27 years of age he's more than just a man to at least three people in this world. To his wife and children he's a superhero. Jed is like many of us, a blue collar man and the sole breadwinner in his household. He's worked countless hours, (weekends, nights, and holidays included) to provide for his wife Helen, seven year old daughter Savannah, and 3 year old son Gabriel.
He's the kind of man that you know you can depend on. The kind of guy who will come pull you out of the ditch at 3AM when you're stranded in a blizzard. Who'll come do backbreaking work and help you on a project on his time off because you asked him. He's the most loyal, honest, and hardworking individual I've had the pleasure of ever knowing.
But, sadly, terrible things often happen to the best of us. On January 28th, 2014, that exact thing happened. He was up with the sun like any other morning, kissing his wife and children goodbye in Sturgis, South Dakota and taking the lunch his wife made him on his 15 mile transit to Vale to begin the day's work. He was grinding corn that morning, when he became entangled, and completely mangled, by the Power Take Off unit that is attached to the back of a tractor that is used to spin the corn grinder at 1048 RPMS. After being caught on the PTO, it spun his body viciously. It was actually spinning so hard it flung his boots (which were strapped on) the better part of 60 feet, and ripped his coveralls and coat completely.
Then, for reasons still unknown, the tractor stalled, sparing Jed not only his limbs, but his life as well. But what it didn't spare him, was the grievous injuries inflicted, and an amount of pain so extreme I cannot even begin to comprehend.
Two Broken Femurs
One Broken Ankle
One Broken Foot(With metatarsil bones((toes)) poking out of the skin)
Broken Hip Socket
Cracked and Broken Ribs (10-13 of them)
It took five units of blood and ten hours of surgery to keep him alive.
He's been in sedation now for six days without stirring much at the time of the posting of this message. If you take a moment to look at that damage list, keep one thing in mind, which is the purpose of this whole message.
It's going to be expensive.
Not just for the surgeries and the treatment. Not only for the wheelchair and other specialized equipment he'll need after the hospital. Not only for the expected YEARS of physical therapy he'll require to make a recovery. But just to feed and keep his family warm and provided for. Like many of us in the Agricultural Community he wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth, our lives revolve around being able to do hard and physical work. This is no longer an option for Jed. Most likely won't be for years.
I don't know everyone's financial situation. But I'm not asking for a lot from anyone. If everyone could donate money that'd be amazing. As much as you can. In addition to that, what's maybe more important is SHARING this message as much as you can. Share it on Facebook. Tell your friends, your family, you're coworkers. Tell you're church groups, book clubs, local radio stations. Tell everyone.
When you tell them, be sure to include that Jed Hall, is the kind of man who would of done it for you.
Marathon runners reach this point in the road. We can see the finish line, all we have to do is cross it. Share this around again and lets see about getting it done.
Jed is doing fantastic by the way. Rehab is going as smoothly as possible and plans are under way for his continued life at home when he's out.
Woooo! We're chugging along folks. Every day more and more donations are coming in.
Jed is doing well as he can be. All the traction has been removed and he's finished with his surgeries. Pneumonia has invaded his lungs, but it is being controlled, and surgery on his Pelvis was completed.
We're still a ways from our goal, but well over the halfway point. They are going to be trying to wake him up in the next few days, if we could share this message like crazy once more, dig deep again, I have a feeling that it would boost his spirits immensely if we could reach our $50,000.00 goal and have it waiting for him upon regaining consciousness.
An update on Jed, he's still not awake yet, but he is slowly improving. He developed pneumonia a few days ago and they have been monitoring that closely. But luckily, the doctors have determined he is well enough to begin surgery on his pelvis today, and using two surgeons they plan to cut the overall surgery time down in half.
He's been having some rough nights lately, and his wonderful wife Helen is yet to leave his side for more than a minute. Her fortitude and resilience through this debacle serves as a huge inspiration throughout this. But tentative estimates have hopefully placed him outside of the Intensive Care Unit and into a more normal hospital room in the next week or two.
As I look through the donations, one thing has changed since the beginning of this project just two days ago. At first, it was just people we knew here close to home, and it's grown. Like a raging fire from dreary Seattle to dewy Louisiana, and all the way across the pond to even Japan.
The emotional connotations of this alone mean something great, that strangers who have never met, are willing to reach into their own hearts and pull forth something genuine for a deserving human being. It's too the point that we are reaching so many donations that I feel I can no longer keep up and thank every one of you individually. Just know that I, Jed, and his family are incredibly grateful for all you've done and continue to do.
Hello everyone this is Jed Hall. I'm sitting here in rehab on yet another sleepless night and thought I'd read some of these. First of all thank you to all who have donated so far it's been humbling to see the love of God poured out on us by so many. It is a complete miracle that I am even breathing right now and then even more so I have all my limbs. Yes they are pretty broke up but a full recovery is expected but will take some time. Collin thank you so much for all you've done I am truly honored to have you as a friend. Thanks for all the prayers they are the reason I'm going home next Wednesday instead of a month or two down the road. For anyone who doesn't know we post updates regularly on our Facebook so you can follow the story and see pics there. For anyone that wishes I would be honored to meet you and personally thank you for blessing my family. Just let us know if you're ever in the Sturgis/rapid area and we'd love to meet you if possible. Thanks again for helping out. We are so close to reaching Collin's goal of $50,000 let's try our best to get there he's dedicated a lot of time to this. Your all a blessing and we are truly humbled by your response to our situation. My God pour out His blessing on each of you for your goodness to someone most haven't even met yet :)
I am so glad to keep up on your recovery. You're doing great!!! I don't know you Jed or your family, but I am praying for a full and fast recovery for you and prayers for your family. May the Force be with you and all!!!
we're able to use a wheelchair! trying for extended therapy so he can be moved to physical therapy, working on all but weight bearing on the pelvis now!
Less than 10 days, over 500 people, over $40,000.00 ~~WOW!!!~~ overwhelmed by the love and power of God, We pray that each of you will be blessed as the scripture says in Luke 6:38 "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over!" Hope you're all shook up and running over like flooding hillsides! Thank you for letting God use you to show His love toward us!
breathing tube is out! sedation is gone, down to one pain med and vitals are looking good, got to see some eyeballs yesterday and hear some whispered words today, we're on our way!
Dante Singer I totally understand your suspicions of a scam before you give a donation. I do not know Jed or his family but I PERSONALLY KNOW that he indeed suffered this tragic accident and was listed in the ICU at Rapid City Regional, that being said my family and I know first hand how life can change in a blink of an eye and how IMPORTANT it is have a support from family as well the community. Cause without help from many people from this community my family would of had much more burden than already have. We are no doubt gonna do what we can to help this young man and his Family. Heal fast Jed, and our thoughts are with you and your loved ones.
Prayers for Jed and his family. We are family farmers/ranchers and live with the knowledge of what can happen with machinery and livestock everyday. I am sharing this in hopes that others will share and donate where possible. God bless and keep Jed, his family and community.
I am sharing this, and sending my prayers for Jed and his family. 8 years ago my sister-in-law was in an accident that did much the same thing, change our lives completely. She did/does the books for my brother's machine shop, so I understand how expensive and long the road is Jed and his family are on. Prayers and spreading of this page.
I would definitely help in any way I can.
I am wondering if anyone would like to help and getting some care packages for Helen while she stays with Jed? I don't know where to go and ask other than here. If anyone is interested contact me via facebook. Jennifer Denke Bruns
Here you go Dante, now you can donate. :) I didn't have any trouble finding info on it: http://www.kotatv.com/story/24659143/freak-accident-leaves-sturgis-man-with-15-broken-bones-friend-looks-to-help I don't know Jed, but I am a South Dakotan and sending many prayers!
As the daughter of a rancher and the wife of a contractor, I know full well how things can change on a split second. Thinking of your family and praying for God to move His hand mightily with recovery. Are there other ways the community can help that may not be financial?? Winter months affect the purse strings of seasonal workers but would love to help in any other capacity. We'll continue in prayer!
Jed, Helen and family, My heart and prayers go up for you, and the journey you have been called to, it is one we know very well. But it starts with being so very grateful your loved one survived, you have been given the gift of hope. "If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, till my change comes"(Job 14:14). Waiting for things to change is not easy. You may have to wait through many autumn and spring rains (or in the case of South Dakota a lot of wind and snow)..be patient, stand firm, do the work. Praise God for every little baby step because they add up to big things. What God has in store for you is worth any price you have to pay and any season of waiting you have to go through. To Collin for setting up this site and for all those that contribute great and small, may God bless you. The physical, emotional and financial cost of a journey like this is staggering.....don't let this family crumble under the weight of it. These are some of the financial costs this family might have to face: wheelchair, making their home accessible with ramps, wider doorways, bathroom re-do for a roll in shower, special bed, shower chair, hoyer lift, vehicle with lift to accommodate a wheelchair if Jed is not able to transfer on his own, home health/care, perscriptions, gas to and from therapies, cost of therapies. This is a partial list, it could be less or more. This is on top of your regular obligations, mortgage (rent), utilities, food etc. The programs that are out there to help are far and few and are already staggering under the need. The waiting list can be long, and can take years to get accepted. Let us continue to lift up, dig down and reach out. Lift up healing prayers and praise to our creator. Dig down deep in our pockets and share this message of need with our family and friends. Reach out with your time/visits, an encouraging word, helping hand for the duration (long haul!) I was warmed by the response of the Hall family regarding Dante's comment, there were high emotions, you knew the truth, he did not. There may be many opportunities to extend forgiveness on this journey....the strategy of the adversary has not changed.
and cut Dante some slack, he's just being careful... Dante you can call the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, SD for confirmation that Jed Hall has been a patient there since 1/28/14, he's in the ICU... hopefully just for another day or so!
This is mom and dad, Jed's in surgery today for what we pray is the final surgery to fix the pelvis and mangled hip. Pray, pray, pray... i read these posts and just bawl my eyes out from the love and caring poured out, from the $5 to the $1000, this reaching out in love overwhelms us with God's love and caring for us and our son. Some of you i know dug really deep into a shallow pocket... May GOD RICHLY bless you, each and every one!
Well Jed I sure hope in some small way I have helped you during your critical hours. It been a pleaser to get to know your wife and family and friends. Hope that today will go as planed and without any issues. God speed (HD)
God gave me a BIG MOUTH for a reason!!! Telling and sharing everyone who will listen about Jed and Helen, and praising God for storms He brings--can't wait to rejoice in the harvest!
I don't know Jed or the family at all, but I grew up on a farm and could not imagine anything more painful!! I also could not imagine my husband in this condition and not knowing how we were going to take care of our children. I submitted a news tip to Keloland via email regarding Jed's story. Hopefully, they will help! God Bless you and your family, Jed! There are better times ahead!
Halfway there!!! C'mon guys keep it up
The message is being spread in New Zealand and Australia. I'm encouraging my friends to re-post and donate. As an expat South Dakotan, I'm happy and humbled to have the opportunity to support this cause.