Jeffery's Battle

$2,320 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 28 people in 20 months
Hello, friends and family. I have been struggling about starting a gofundme for awhile. My husband, Jeffery James, has been at UAMS since September 1st. He was working towards a liver transplant, when renal cell carcinoma was found on his left kidney. To be eligible for the transplant, a patient must be cancer free. So, we and the doctors determined the best course of action would be to remove the left kidney completely. Jeffery seemed to be in good enough shape to handle the procedure. Unfortunately, he did not do well after the surgery. He became septic and we were told that the one good kidney was in failure. The doctors did not give us much hope. He was sent to ICU and dialysis was started. It looked like Jeffery was doing better, much to the doctors suprise. We were transfered out of ICU to a regular room. Eventually, plans were in the works for us to come home, continue dialysis, and hope for a miracle. We were scheduled to come home on October 10th. On October 9th, Jeffery's ammonia level suddenly became so high that he went into a coma. We were sent back to ICU and he had to be placed on a ventilator. Again, we had another miracle. The doctors were amazed when Jeffery finally woke from the coma. The ventilator was finally removed and he bacame stable. We are now back in a regular room. The doctors think we will be going home in the coming weeks. However, we need all the help we can get. Jeffery will need to go to dialysis three times a week, a special diet, medical equipment, improvements to our home to make it safe for him, multiple blood transfusion, etc. Our goal is to keep Jeffery stable for 1 year. At that time, the doctors say we can reapply for a double transplant (liver and kidney at the same time). I am asking for help for my family. We have 4 teenage boys who have been wonderful through all this. I know most people struggle in life financially. If it were not for our children, I would not ask for help. I am trying to keep their life as stable as possible as we go through this hard time. Thank you in advance to anyone that can help. Please understand that it is a struggle for me to ask for help. We have had so much love shown to us during this hard time already. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts as we travel down this long road.
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Just wanted to let everyone know we got to come home on Monday night. We are trying to get a routine started. Jeffery is very tired and still in a lot of pain. However, he is working very hard with therapy and dialysis. Thank you so much for all the help and love shown to us!!! We cannot express our gratitude enough!! Much love to you all❤❤
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We had a small set back with Jeffery last week but he is doing better now. We are hoping to go home sometime next week. Because if the generosity shown to us, by all of you, we have started work on the bathroom at our house. We will now have a walk-in shower for Jeffery. This will decrease fall risks for him. We still have a lot of work to do, such as stair rails and and a reclining chair, but we hope to get one thing done at a time. Thanks again to everyone. For anyone local, there will be a benefit concert on November 19th and there is also a pumpkin roll sale. For more information, please contact me on Facebook. Both of these events are being put on by our wonderful friends and family. Much love to you all--Summer
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We are overwhelmed and humbled by the love being shown to our family! The doctors are optimistic right now and say we may get to go home sometime next week. I am currently trying to get everything prepared at home for this. Again, thank you. I would not be able to get the things jeffery needs ( a reclining chair, shower that he is able to use, medical equipment, etc.) without all of this help and support. Much love to you all--Summer
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Erica Mitzel Tyson
4 months ago

Your story has touched my heart...such a loving man!! God bless you all!

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Martin-bradley Amanda
19 months ago

Jeffery and summer from my family to yours we are thinking about y'all and prayers for you both. Love y'all and if you need anything please contact us. May god give you love. Strength and confort

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Raised by 28 people in 20 months
Created October 18, 2016
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Vanessa De Louiz-Scott
19 months ago

I love you Summer. Just a small token of my affections to help you and the boys along.

TM
$100
Thomas and Brandi McCoy
19 months ago

I (Brandi) did not know Jeff well but I prayed for him often. Thomas grew up with him and said he was a great guy. We are so sorry for your loss Summer. I will continue to pray for you and the kids.

TC
$100
Tina Cox
19 months ago

I'm so sorry that Jeff lost his battle. He fought so hard... Wishing strength and comfort for all those left behind.

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Anonymous
19 months ago
KL
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Kristina Leonard
19 months ago

Sending you a healing prayer...hope never wanes.

Erica Mitzel Tyson
4 months ago

Your story has touched my heart...such a loving man!! God bless you all!

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Martin-bradley Amanda
19 months ago

Jeffery and summer from my family to yours we are thinking about y'all and prayers for you both. Love y'all and if you need anything please contact us. May god give you love. Strength and confort

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