Support for WFPD Ofc. Jeff Hughes

$14,798 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 205 people in 1 month
Created January 6, 2018
Officer Jeff Hughes is a Public Information Officer, Crime Prevention Specialist and he runs the Citizen’s Police Academy for the Wichita Falls Police Department. He spent his 20th anniversary with the department in his hospital bed on January 5th.

The Wednesday before New Years, Jeff noticed a slight pain in his shoulder. When he woke up Thursday morning, he noticed weakness in his arms and hands and his fingers and toes were numb and tingly.

On Thursday, his wife Sandy, took him to the Emergency Room where they checked his blood and tested him for the flu. They decided that he had a bacterial infection that they were going to treat him with a Z pack. The other symptoms were described as being side effects of weakness and from being sick. They were sent home, Jeff went to sleep and slept on and off until Friday morning.

When he woke up Friday morning, he got out of bed and immediately collapsed on the floor because his legs would not support his bodyweight. He was admitted to the hospital Friday afternoon and by Saturday and Sunday he had lost nearly all movement of his arms, hands, legs and feet.

The diagnosis they are considering after spinal taps, blood tests and more is Conversion Disorder Syndrome, which is where his body was already weak from being sick mixed with high stress and it shut his body down.

The treatment has been intense - steroids to fight any infection in his body and plasma exchanges to clean out any anti-bodies that may be attacking his good cells. After five days in a row of removing the plasma from his body and then cycling it back in, they will begin to pump him with new anti-bodies that should help with improving movement of his body.

After several days of anti-bodies being put back in, he will be released to a rehab facility where he will be an inpatient and learn how to walk again, how to feed himself again and all of the day to day things we do, as if he had suffered a stroke.

The recovery process is long and the Doctors don’t have an estimated amount of time until he is back to his normal self again, but the good news is, there is no reason to believe that he couldn’t regain all of his functions back!

For those of you who don’t know Jeff, he is an extremely involved and active person and this has been a complete shock and something that’s very emotionally difficult to deal with. He currently is unable to sit up on his own and can’t move his fingers to text or read anything on his phone.

At his worst, Jeff was paralyzed from the neck down with his hands clenched in a fist. His hands and fingers had to be manually moved to make sure the blood flow was still moving to his hands and feet. Now that he has completed three rounds of the plasma exchange, he is actually able to lift his legs up off the bed about 4 inches which has the Doctors and Physical Therapists encouraged.

Jeff does so much for so many people and his family needs us while he heals. All of the money collected will go directly to Jeff and Sandy to help them with expenses while Jeff is not working and Sandy has to take days off from her job.

If you would like to help in other ways, please consider purchasing restaurants gift cards and dropping them off at Frank & Joe’s Coffee House, Attn: Jessica Edwards, so that Sandy doesn’t have to worry about cooking and can spend her extra time at the hospital with Jeff.

Please pray for Jeff and his family while he goes through the recovery process and his body heals.

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The move from United Regional to HealthSouth!
Using that core!
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Excited to announce that Jeff is officially moved into HealthSouth Rehab Center!

He was able to sit in a wheel chair today and has had a ton of progress on the left side of his body! I saw him lift his left arm to his chest today and lift his left leg upwards towards his chest! Very exciting!

The right side is having a harder time and his Doctor mentioned that the dominate side can sometimes take longer to come back. He is also having a harder time with his fingers. They stay in a fist and he can’t open them up on his own yet. His Doctor did rule out any disease today, which is also excellent news!

The next week or so, Jeff will be working 4 hours a day doing rehab to regain his muscle strength. He mentions that his brain needs to relearn how to send the signals to his muscles. They have a special machine that will hook up to his legs and arms and move them for him to mimic the motions of walking so he can relearn to walk on his own. This machine was made popular by Christopher Reeve.

I dropped off several cards that you guys have been bringing to Frank & Joe’s and we hung them up on a board that the CPAA bought last week! Keep the cards, positive words and prayers coming! Every card is read to him or by him! Jeff’s story will be in the Times Record News this weekend.

Please continue to share, and Jeff and Sandy are especially appreciative of your continued donations. Jeff mentioned today that he will have to have complete medical release to return to the WFPD and doesn’t anticipate that happening for awhile.

Sweet card from Texoma Community Credit Union!
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Spirits are high today!!
Enjoying Lasagna!
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Some great improvements happened today! Sandy mentioned to me that Jeff seems super encouraged by all of the support - he’s been eager to work with his PT’s and has had an overall positive change in his demeanor! He was able to watch the news and Sandy and his family have been sharing your comments that have kept his spirits up! We heard he enjoyed his room decorations too!

Today, he was able to take his first shower (instead of a bed bath) with a fancy chair the hospital has! He sat on the edge of the bed with complete trunk support, stood several times with assistance for the first time since last week (first time out of bed since last Sunday the 31st), and he gained slight movement in his left arm. His arms have been the hardest to gain control of. Those are huge steps towards his body and muscles working properly again and you guys have played a HUGE part in that!

Jeff messaged me that he has one more IVIG treatment tomorrow, then will be headed to HeathSouth Rehab. He also said he knew the road ahead was long and appreciated all of the prayers and support!

We are soooo close to $13,000 and you guys have no idea how excited I get everytime I get to Up that goal for them! In times like this, your family, friends and community are all you can rely on and how great is Wichita Falls!

We will be decorating Jeff’s new room at HeathSouth on Wednesday and I will keep posting updates! Please keep sharing!! Thank you all!!
Fancy bath chair!
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Raised by 205 people in 1 month
Created January 6, 2018
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