Help US VET Jason
Organized by: Ashlee Keesey
I'd love to introduce you to an amazing man who has overcome incredible odds. Meet Jason, a Disabled US Army Combat Veteran who was born in Winfield, Kansas. Jason Graduated Winfield High School and has an Associates Degree in Avionics repair. He joined the US Army in 2004. Jason is a combat Veteran who was deployed twice to Iraq and to Afghanistan and Africa. In June 2012 he married the amazing Ashlee Freeman. Jason was medically discharged from the Army in 2014 and they were just beginning the next chapter of their life when tragedy struck. I met Jason and Ashlee when I began training a service dog for Jason and to help Ashlee who is battling MS. I instantly adopted them as family. November 26, 2015 Jason and Ashlee’s world was changed forever. While most people were enjoying Turkey and football Jason went to the Emergency Room with severe pain in his neck. Twenty-four hours later he was fighting for his life with Necrotizing Fasciitis (flesh eating disease). There are fewer than 20,000 cases per year in the US of this aggressive disease. Jason was transported from Irwin Army Hospital to Stormont Vale in Topeka, Kansas. I drove Ashlee there from Manhattan as she was in no state to drive after being at the hospital for over 24 hours. Jason’s family rushed to his side as well. In Topeka Jason underwent three major surgeries to remove the effected tissue (over 40% of his skin and tissue was removed). I watched as Ashlee and Jason’s parent's were told there was less than 10 % chance he would survive. Jason "coded" four times during this fight. The Doctors were trying everything and Jason’s body could not handle another surgery. They told us to take it minute-by-minute. My heart broke as I watched my dear friend collapse; praying her husband would wake up to see her again and his parents shook with fear and disbelief. We lived in the Hospital Trauma waiting room as minute by minute things changed as this disease progressed. Jason was on a breathing tube and dialysis unable to even open his eyes. He was transported by mobile Trauma unit to the burn unit at St Francis Medical Center in Wichita, KS. During this fight Jason "coded" three times. Ashlee lived at each hospital in the waiting rooms. He has had four surgeries so far for skin grafts after the three major surgeries to remove the effected tissue and skin. Its not yet been two months since this began and Ashlee has been by Jason’s side unable to work. Jason was able to come home Friday January 22, 2016. At the moment there is no funding for a nurse or anyone to help them. Medical bills are piling up and they aren’t sure what will be covered by the VA. Ashlee has applied to be his home health aid but this could take months to get approved. He is still very unsteady on his feet and has wounds over his torso and back that have to heel from the skin grafts. He will continue to go in for wound care a minimum of 1-2 times a week in Wichita and 2-3 times a week for rehabilitation. This is an estimate as they just got home 2 days ago. This has been a battle I wish upon no-one. I am writing this in the hopes that Jason and Ashlee can begin to heal. Financially, the worry is medical bills, someone needing to stay home to help Jason heal and neither being able to work over the last two months and during this recovery. Jason has to find a new path since this has happened. Jason wants to be a motivational speaker and has a love for magic. My hope is for him is to be able (with your help) to heal, and help others like him. This disabled vet could use your help. If you can donate even a small amount we can help Jason and others like him. Jason was inspired by motivational speakers John C. Maxwell, Eric Thomas, Zig Zigler and Jim Rohm and Magicians David Copperfield, Pen and Teller, David Blaine, Daniel Garcia and Danny Ortiz.