John McDermott and Gini Watson Hill
Organized by: amy blehm
amy blehm via Crowdrise
July 02, 2015
John has been transferred to a rehabilitation center that specializes in brain injuries. We are so grateful that he is healthy enough to now focus on mobility, speech, and becoming self sufficient. This journey has moved to the next phase; however, he still has a ways to go. It is expected that John will need at least 3 months of intensive rehabilitation. During this timeframe, medical bills continue to accrue, basic household bills must be paid, and Gini continues to need financial support to be by John's side. Please continue to pray, give whatever you are able financially, and sharing this site with your friends.
How all of this began---
On the early morning of Thursday, May 28th, while visiting family in northwest Illinois, John was found in a semi conscious state, unable to communicate. He was rushed by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in nearby Dubuque, Iowa where they quickly discovered he had suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm resulting in a severe head bleed. John was immediately airlifted 2 hours southwest to Iowa University Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa & immediated rushed into emergency surgery. He was closely monitored in the Neuro ICU for 2 weeks, and family was cautioned that John would be considered in critical condition for at least 21 days.
During the first 2 weeks, John under went 5 surgeries & will under go at least one more surgery before being discharged. He has made amazing progress thus far & has now been moved to the neuro intermediate care unit. On June 12th, it was discovered that John had blood clots in his legs as well as a blood clot in his left lung. He now begins treatment with Heparin for the blood clots, an intensely sensitive situation due to the massive brain bleed initially incurred.
The journey to recovery is expected to be a lengthy one. He is currently breathing on his own, responding to questions, and identifying loved ones. He will remain hospitalized a while longer while doctors work to regulate brain pressure and control a reoccurring fever that is of concern.
Once stable and no longer in critical condition, John will be transported to On With Life Rehabilitation Facility in Ankeny, Iowa, (yet another 2 hours west) for intensive in-house rehab therapy. It is expected he will spend 4 months or longer in rehab. Gini has been by John's side unceasingly & will be seeking housing near the rehab center to continue to do so.
We ask your support through both prayer & financial donations. While on medical disability, John is only receiving 50% of his salary. Considering that they are 1200 miles from their home in Georgia, Gini is currently unable to return to her present job in GA. As a family we believe it is necessary that Gini stay by John's side until he is able to come home. Until that time, not only do normal bills need to be maintained, but Gini is facing additional expenses of temporary housing while in Iowa, as well as medical bills that continue to grow.
Please know, your donations go directly to Gini & John & will allow Gini to remain at John's side during recovery. All funds will go directly towards supporting Gini's temporary housing exenses, maintaining Gini & John's normal household expenses & helping towards rapidlly incurring medical expenses.
Any donation amount is appreciated both by Gini & John.....and us as her family. We ask that you please circulate this website via Facebook, Twitter & any other media circulation you have access to. There is power in numbers & we know God will provide. Through the Grace of God we shall prevail! Thank you for your support. We praise God for all blessings big and small.