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A hardship fund forJonathan Olford

$10,575 given of $35,000 goal

Jonathan Olford Medical Recovery

Started by: friends of Jonathan Olford

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On October 17th, Jonathan drove down to LA to have a consultation about a much needed procedure for the chronic back pain he had been experiencing for quite a long time. However, on his way to this appointment, his life took a hard left turn. About 5 miles from the doctor's office, he suffered a mild heart attack and had a fender bender. He still made it to his appointment, miraculously, but was immediately transported to Cedars Sinai Hospital, where he was admitted. For starters he needed 3 units of blood. After several days of many tests it was determined that he needed open heart surgery, and underwent a triple bypass on October 26th. He was in Cedars Sinai for a total of 13 days and then was driven back up to Fresno to begin the recovery process.

However, after several days back at home, it became clear that there was something wrong with the incision site. He went to see his cardiologist here in Fresno and it was determined that Jonathan had a very serious sternal wound infection. He was sent directly to the Fresno Heart Hospital where he was met by the surgeon who immediately did exploratory surgery. The procedure confirmed that an extremely serious infection had already saturated the bones of his sternum, chest cavity and surrounding tissue. A sternal infection like this only occurs in about 2% of all open heart surgeries. The surgeon had to open him up again to clean out the infection and put in a drain and then on heavy duty IV antibiotics for the next 6 weeks. He remained in the hospital for approximately 6 weeks, dealing with more infections and complications. From October 17th until December 23rd, with exception of 6 days at home, he has been in the hospital.

Because of the serious nature of the infection that has settled into his sternum, there is no option other than to remove it completely. Once infection is in the bone, it cannot heal with antibiotics. The next step is that he will go into surgery in early January to have his sternum removed and then immediately have plastic surgery to reconstruct his chest wall. As you can imagine, this is a very serious and devastating journey, from what was a 'simple triple bypass' which actually wasn't so simple, to the life altering effects of infection.

The last day that Jonathan was able to work was October 16th, and he may not be able to return to work until April or May, depending on how the recovery process goes after this next surgery. He is in need of support financially to navigate these very uncharted waters. As Jonathan is self employed, he has been unable to bring in any income to cover living expenses, food, rent, utilities and medical bills not covered by insurance. The big picture is that he will have been unable to work and earn a living from mid October 2018 through approximately April-May of 2019. Any help for Jonathan is so appreciated. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Latest Update

Dear Friends, Here is an overdue update on Jonathan. As of the last communication, he was released to an intensive inpatient physical therapy rehab facility to help him regain strength and mobility as he has been very limited in his ability to move around with the numerous hospitalizations. It was very helpful. The surgery that was anticipated is indefinitely on hold as there are concerns about his body's ability to heal due to anemia and other issues. He is now at home and trying to regain strength. He does not know when to anticipate being able to go back to work as he is still very weak. He is also dealing with the difficult side effects of an injection that he must have every two weeks. He has many followup appointments with his various doctors to track his progress. Things are better for sure, but there is still a long way to go. Thank you for all your concern, support and prayers!

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February 21 at 4:55am

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Here is the latest update: Jonathan spent 4 days in the hospital to stabilize the situation with his blood loss and to try to find the cause. The source of the bleeding was discovered and treated. However he has severe anemia and other issues which the surgeon feels make him a risk for the surgery at this time. It has been indefinitely postponed. He has now been transferred to an acute inpatient physical therapy rehab for 10 days. Thank you for your continued prayers and support !

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January 28 at 3:35pm

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Jeanne Newberry — 16 weeks ago

It may sound like a set-back but I think HIS people are given more time to pray and seek the Lord about Jonathan’s condition. I will certainly commit this to prayer. May the Lord give him hope and encouragement that God is up to something good! Love this whole family!

Holly Hader — 16 weeks ago

I’m so very sorry to hear about this setback... 😢. PT will be good for him though, helping to keep him active and building up strength. Prayers continue!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

There is a big update to report this morning. Today was to have been the surgery, however, late yesterday Jonathan received a call from the surgeon telling him that he was being immediately hospitalized because his blood count was dangerously low. He has just received 3 units of blood and is now undergoing numerous tests to determine the cause. It is hard to know at this point how long this might be. Please pray for clear answers as this situation continues to unfold in unexpected ways. Your love, support and financial help means so much.

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January 23 at 5:22pm

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Debbie Horst McIntosh — 17 weeks ago

It’s hard to imagine that you are facing yet another complication. I am so very sorry to hear it. Praying that He who is both Comforter and Healer will make His presence and power known. Lord, hear our prayer.

Jeanne Newberry — 17 weeks ago

I’m going to reallly commit this to prayer. I’m so sorry. It sound brutal!

We heard in the last few days that Jonathan's surgery will take place on Wednesday, January 23rd at Community Regional Medical Center here in Fresno. This will be a very complicated surgery involving two surgeons. The thoracic surgeon will remove the infected sternal bone and the second phase, the reconstruction of the chest, will be done by the plastic surgeon. This is going to be a very complex and delicate surgery which will take approximately 5 hours. Please pray for the surgeons that they would do their work with wisdom, excellence, and steady hands. Pray that Jonathan would be surrounded with peace and comfort as he faces this day and the long recovery ahead. Again, thank you for your generous gifts and messages of encouragement!

Posted by friends of Jonathan

January 19 at 9:30pm

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Deepest thanks to all of you who have so generously donated to Jonathan's fund. It is such a blessing. Every penny to date has gone toward paying medical expenses, physical therapy and household bills . So grateful! We are hoping to get a surgery date anytime now. It could be as soon as next week. Thank you for your prayers and support. We will update you as we have more news to share.

Posted by friends of Jonathan

January 15 at 11:07pm

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Lisa Stephens — 17 weeks ago

Many 🙏🏻 For His Surgery and Recovery.✝️

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  • Tim Theurer3 weeks ago So sorry to hear of your surgery complications. Thoughts and prayers for continued recovery and grace and peace from our Lord.
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  • Jim & Suzanne Orr9 weeks ago Our best to you, friend, for a complete and speedy recovery. May God’s show his mercy and grace over your life as you have helped so many.
  • Gloria Nichols Henriques10 weeks ago God's blessings
  • Edwin Erickson10 weeks ago We gratefully remember the positive, godly influence you had on Bruce and Paul and pray the God of hope will fill your lives with His hope and healing during the duration of the very rocky detour you are on. Ed and Sue
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  • Randy Hamrick12 weeks ago Sorry to hear this. Praying for you and Catherine
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