A Go Fund Me page has been created to help a Niobrara man who, at age 42, suffered a heart attack and is now on life support. Jones recently left a job with benefits in Fremont to return to his hometown of Niobrara to take over Jimmy Dean's Bar.
To donate, click here for the Go Fund Me page.
According to the page, on Monday, May 6, Jason Jones checked into the Sioux Falls Veterans Hospital after not feeling well for weeks. While he was speaking to the doctor, Jones had massive heart attack. The doctors, nurses and staff took immediate action. He was fortunate to be in the hospital when this happen. He flatlined twice while he was there. When they got Jason stabilized at the VA, they transferred him to the Sanford Hospital. After analyzed him at Sanford, they realized that he would need to be life flighted to Minneapolis University Hospital, where he could be placed on a machine that would circulate his blood through his body, so that his heart would have a chance to recover.
Jones is now on full life support, he is on currently on a heart and lung bypass machine that is doing all the work for him while he is trying to recover. This machine is only a temporary device used for up to five days. Currently Jason is heavily sedated to keep him from pulling out all the tubes and wires that are keeping him alive. The doctors are periodically lowering the sedation to check if his heart and other vital organs will function correctly when life support is removed.
Currently, the doctors know that his kidneys and liver are not functioning properly. They are unsure of how his heart will react on its own. However, they have seen some heart function and will continue to monitor it.
Here is why Jones needs everyones help: Jason recently left his job and benefits in Fremont, Nebraska, to take over Jimmy Deans Bar in Niobrara. He moved back to be closer to his daughter, family and friends. He is in the process of selling his house and Fremont and getting settled back home. Jason currently does not have any medical insurance and he will not be able to receive full VA benefits from National Guard.
Last night the doctor briefed us all about what needs to happen in the next couple day. Jones has a long way to go. There are many unknown factors yet with his body's condition. What we do know is, he is going to need a device that monitors and helps his heart function after the heart and lung machine is removed. Jason will not be a candidate for a heart transplant, so this device will be needed for him to survive. The doctor explained that this device will cost $200,000. Without insurance or money to pay for this device, the hospital will not put it in.
The Doctor explained that Jones care has already exceeded $100,000. They are going to do as much as they can for him, but we needed to search for ways to help assist him with medical expenses. The family is talking with VA and the state of Nebraska for assistance. I am hoping that we can help take some of the burden off and help get Jason and his family through this difficult time.
Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers from everyone out there. Jones has touched us all. Please share this with everyone.