Their Life Story
This is a story about two very close friends of mine that desperately
need your help. Jordan is 26 years old and a volunteer fireman (pictured above) who takes pride
in helping his community every day. Ina
is 28 years old and works dispatch for 911 who also helps her community every
day. They both put their lives out on the line everyday to help or save the life of someone else. No matter if it be a family member, friend, or a complete stranger. But now Jordan needs someone to help save his life. Ina has what he needs, but they do not have the finances that they need during their recovery. So please open your heart as you continue to read this rest of this campaign.
They met & started dating in December 2005. Ina immediately gave her heart to Jordan when they first met. She described him as the kindest & gentlest man that she had ever met. They were married on May 12, 2007 (pictured above) and had a life that most young married couples would hope for. A place of their own to call home, both with good jobs that allowed them to keep their bills paid, and still be able to go out and enjoy time together without having to worry about anything else. In August 2009 they got news that Jordan’s Grandmother (pictured above) was about to pass away. With her having very little time left, he spent every moment that he could by her side. A few days after receiving all of this bad news, Jordan was having black outs & his Blood pressure was very high. He went to see a doctor who wrote it off as stress after hearing about everything with his grandmother. As time went on even after the passing of his grandmother, Jordan stayed sick & continued having these symptoms.
Then in December 2009 by request of Jordan’s employer, he paid a visit to the local Emergency Room where that they ran numerous tests. That would hit them with news that would turn their world upside down. Jordan had only 14% Kidney function and would need immediate dialysis to keep him alive. He was admitted into a room where he would spend the next 15 days learning about his dialysis treatment, Kidney disease, and what was in store for his future.
Jordan was diagnosed with IGA neuropathy stage 4 Kidney Disease. He would need a Kidney transplant and he could stay on Dialysis as a temporary life support. He went in for 2 immediate surgeries. One for a port in his carotid artery in his neck, and a PD Catheter in his stomach. The port would be how he would receive his dialysis treatments and the Catheter would be how he would receive treatments at home once it healed. After being released from the hospital, their rocky journey would begin with numerous doctors’ appointments, 2 transplant centers and Hemo treatments for 4 hours 3 days a week which left him so sick that he couldn’t hold his head up. This left them in a search for a kidney donor and soon.
Jordan got really sick again in April 2010 which landed him back in the hospital in ICU in a semi coma for 2 days with 2 more surgeries. Keeping him in the hospital for a total of 22 days while fighting for his life. Since then Jordan has been able to stay at home while doing at home dialysis 10 hours a day 7 days a week hooked up to a machine with only 20 foot of hose allowing him limited movement. This hose is connected to a tube in his stomach. With no luck of a donor and everyone who tested failed. Ina decided that as a wife, she would be tested even knowing that it was very rare to be a match. But she knew that anything was worth a try at this point to help him & to keep him by her side. The Doctors ran the test and during the wait on results an F5 Tornado hit Jordan’s home town on April 27, 2011.Being that this was the home for Jordan’s family and his home town, he knew right then that he wanted to help. Every day for 3 weeks straight Jordan would get up and work just as hard as everyone else to try and find any survivors, clean debris, cut trees off from homes, and comfort those who had lost everything. On Ina & Jordan’s last day of cleanup, Ina received a phone call from UAB (University of Birmingham) or "GOD" as she like to say. It was the transplant center & believe it or not, they informed her that the test results showed that she was a perfect match for Jordan a new kidney. The nurse with the transplant team informed her that they (she & Jordan) did not understand just how lucky they were because in her 30 year career she had only had this to happen between spouses a handful of times.Although they have gotten everything together as far as a donor, they haven’t been able to afford the remaining expenses as far as the care and recovery of this transplant.
To top it all off, Jordan received a phone call from his nurse the first week of January 2012 saying that if he doesn’t get the transplant scheduled by April 1, 2012. His insurance is going to cancel & he will have to pay for all of his medications, dialysis and transplant himself. Keep in mind that these are all things that Jordan needs in order to keep on living.
However, if Jordan can get the arrangements made for his transplant by April 1, 2012, his insurance coverage will continue to pay for most of his medications and for his transplant. They need to have it schedule ASAP. After the surgery Jordan will have to stay in Birmingham so that the doctor will be able to keep him monitored. So that they can be sure that his body will not reject Ina’s Kidney. During this time, he will have to have 24 hour care, due to the fact that he has numerous other medical conditions other than the Kidney Disease. This is something that Ina will not be able to do herself due to the fact that she is the one who is donating him his new kidney. Ina will have to stay at the hospital for about 5 days after surgery to be sure that everything is going to be okay on her behalf. Then she will get to return home. She will not be allowed to return to work for approximately 4-6 weeks depending on her recovery. Keep in mind that Ina is the only source of weekly income that comes into their home. Although she works a regular job, she does not have insurance coverage or any paid leave benefits. They will have to pay for a sitter to stay with Jordan while he is in Birmingham. Possibly for 6 weeks (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or until he is fully recovered. Everyone who has been through this has recovered at different levels, so the time frame is not certain. This is something there again that insurance is not going to cover.
Once the doctor sees that everything is going to be okay, and that Jordan’s body is not going to reject the new kidney, Jordan will be able to come back home to his wonderful wife & family. However, he will have to remain on medications for the rest of his life, in order to keep his body from ever rejecting Ina’s Kidney. If we can get them the money they need in order to help them out during their time of stay at the hospital & to help out with the expense of a sitter for Jordan so that they can go ahead and get this transplant scheduled on paper before April 1, 2012 then she will be able to give him this wonderful gift.
Please keep in mind that this is hard on everyone involved. Their parents are all willing to help out in any way possible, but the financial portion has already taken everything that they have. It's so hard knowing that you have everything that Jordan needs except this. So will you please help us save Jordan's life.
What We Need & What You Get
We are not quite sure about how much money will be needed in order to take care of the situations while they will be in the hospital we do know it will be in the thousands, But Ina & Jordan have both said that for any donations remaining after Jordan is released to come home, they are going to personally donate it to another family who is in need as well. They are not asking for a free handout, they just need a little help. If you are not able give a donation, I would like to ask that you please keep them in your prayers. Jordan always says “there is always someone in worse shape than me and I will live as many days as the good lord lets me” in reality there is so many people hurting but his life is on the line every day also. It is so hard for Ina to wake up every day not knowing when times going to run out and when there last day together will be but with your help no matter how big or small she can give him a chance at life and so can you.
Other Ways You Can Help
For those of you who would like to make a donation, but do not like giving out information on the internet. We have an account set up at TVA Credit Union (Bank) that you can go in and just tell the teller that you would like to make a donation into the account for "She can give him life and so can you". If you do not live near a TVA Credit Union then we have also set up a PO Box that you can send donations to. We would like to ask that you make any checks or money orders out to CASH with a memo at the bottom of your check of "She can give him life and so can you" this will help out no matter which team member checks the box, we will be able to get the check cashed and deposited with ease ;) and they can be addressed to:
"She can give him life and so can you"
P.O. Box 25
Cloverdale, AL 35617
We would like to ask that everyone who reads this to please share this with your friends on Facebook,Twitter, My Space, ect. Lets all try to get the word out. If you are not able to make a donation, you can still help out with your prayers & telling or sharing this with others. At the bottom of this campaign it says " Help make it happen for Bobbie Huggins " scratch that.....Lets all help get this for Jordan & Ina ;) Thank You all for everything & GOD Bless You !