Jesse Barrientos faces calamity with courage
Organized by: Mary Castillo
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While most of us are thinking about what we will have for lunch, how we are going to pay the next bill, looking forward to the long weekend, that argument we had with our significant other, Jesse is undergoing the fight of his young, thirty-seven year old life.
On August 5, 2016, loving husband and father of two Jesse Barrientos was on his way to work as many fathers, mothers and caregiver do. At approximately 5:00am he was involved in a horrific car crash with a commercial truck, leaving him severely injured and immobile. Jesse has been in the hospital since that day without any feeling from the chest down, including his right arm and without any signs of getting out soon. He has undergone surgeries , as you read this, the doctors are preparing for yet another back surgery. He has sustained a fever that has lasted a week; he was intubated for a week due to pneumonia. He continues to undergo testing because he has ongoing complications due to spinal fluid.
The accident has not only changed his life, but also the lives of his wife Barbara, his 9-year-old son Jayden and his 6-year-old daughter Allison. While many young families prepare to send their children back to school later this month, and many parents begin to plan for the upcoming holidays, this young family is on a day to day battle of staying strong while facing what can only be described as the unimaginable pain of seeing a their strong, hard-working Jesse fight for his life.
It’s very easy to disregard a plea to help a family that may not be your own, but we ask you to empathize with us and ask yourselves, if this were your Jesse, would you want someone to help? We think most would say “ABSOULETLY!”
As social beings we depend on the interaction with others to live our daily lives. We count on teachers to academically educate our children, we count on police officers to keep our communities safe, we count on doctors to help cure us when we are ill. We also count on sanitation workers (such as Jesse), cashiers, custodians, cooks, gardeners, maintenance workers, secretaries, stay at home mothers/fathers and COUNTLESS others, because together WE make this beautiful world function.
The contribution we are asking for is monetary and one that might not affect your family too much, but will definitely secure that Jesse’s family will have the ability to continue to be by his side and maintain some sort of stability in what the doctors say will be 2 years of recovery, and that timeframe is an estimation to see if he might gain feeling in his lower body.
We presume our family and friends will help us in a time of need and so we turn to them when we need to do so. What we are sharing here is the possibility of you to partake in a miracle, in one of those heartwarming cases, which impact our lives in different ways, at different moments in time. Our definition of a miracle is that unexpected hand in help, a kind gesture, a hug to show solidarity, and, yes, a gift.
Jesse’s situation is a miracle because he is HERE; we can see him; we can hug him; we can tell him how we have learned a lesson on how quickly our lives can change and we can tell him how much we love him.
His best friend Edgar Conant, a California Highway Patrol Officer, shared that in his experience “these are the type of accidents that end lives” but in this case we are thrilled to say that Jesse is with us. What Jesse needs are your prayers, your monetary “gift” regardless of the amount.
We would not wish this on anyone, especially not on someone as kind and loving as Jesse. Jesse is spending every minute of every day since the crash fighting for his life, struggling not only to recover for himself but for his family. Although, Jesse’s prognosis seems oblique to most, we hold on to hope of a full and complete recovery.
Thank you to everyone who has reached out with your willingness to help in any way you can. Thank you for all your prayers and blessings. May your generosity be returned to you and yours tri-fold.
“Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.” -Lin Yutang
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.” -Anne Lamott
Respectfully, Family & Friends