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Organizer: Kristin Hileman Beneficiary: Jodi Mata

Helping to relieve financial burden of medical expenses. Contact Kristin Hileman if you need to make an offline donation willystu@hotmail.com

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On September 18th, Jodi Mata was in a horrific fire and is in critical condition at Butterworth Hospital.  She has been medically induced into a coma.  Jodi has had a rough couple of months with the loss of her mother and now she has  this trial to endure.  Jodi has ALWAYS LOVED her cats and so sadly she lost both of them in the fire as well.  So heartbreaking!  This fundraising page has been started to help relieve the financial burden of medical expenses As Jodi does not have health insurance!  Please share and if you can donate to a girl with one of the biggest hearts I know, please do!
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12/02/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: well she has completed her stay at Mary Free Bed! She goes back to Butterworth tomorrow for surgery at 7 am where they will do some more grafts, deal with some infection and make sure her hands and arms are in final healing stages. From there Jodi will be discharged and all further treatment will be on an outpatient basis! She can't do much more until her wounds heal and then they will start more serious rehab and prosthetic prep. I am concerned because she has no place to stay yet and so will probably stay with Amy and I until that is all worked out but Roadbed is not set up for, nor are Amy and I capable of giving her all the care she may need. She has help coming I hope but keep this all in prayer, I'm trusting in God to deal with all this that's for sure!




11/27/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: She is now at Mary Free Bed!!! She is walking, only has oral meds and has her knee brace off. She has been thru three dressing changes and is handling it well. She will start therapy tomorrow, I'll let everyone know how it goes. Thank you so much for the prayers!




11/18/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: Today was a big day, we did a dressing change in the room and Jodi saw her arms and hands for the first time since the fire! Dr. Do removed the old dressings and discussed in detail with me, Amy, Jenny (her sister) and Jodi's friend Dave the status of the wounds. Jodi was a real trooper through it all. She cried, was concerned about how small her arms and hands had become but was strong enough to move her thumb stub on the left hand. The grafts look very good and are healing very well. She still has some injury on the right hand that may require removal of some more of the Ulna and some wrist bone but otherwise the rest is healing in nicely. Her knee is doing very well also, the muscle flap is shrinking down nicely and the skin grafts doing well. On top of all that, Jodi walked 75 feet before the dressing change, is going to the bathroom in her room and had them remove her pain med drip! She is on her scheduled pain meds and that's all, pretty gutsy maneuver all considered. Jodi was resting comfortably and about to have dinner when we left her. It is truly amazing to see how much she has progressed since that fateful night, thank you all so much for all the prayer for her, it has worked and is working!




11/15/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: Well it appears that 95% of the skin grafts have taken according to Jodi's Dr. That is great news! The remaining small percentage he thinks may grow in but doesn't expect to have to do much more right now. He put a pin in both forearm bones to keep them from rotating to help the wrist heal and all in all it seems to be working well for her. The knee is healing and looks good so far, she is able to keep it pretty stable so there isn't a lot of negatives right now. Jodi had skin removed from her thighs to support the grafting and other than that new pain, her pain is pretty much under control right now. She is sitting up in a chair, stands on her own for a few minutes and even takes a few baby steps in PT. She really enjoys getting her hair washed and being able to take a little more care of herself, she even wrote a few words for the first time. She is excited to have a window for when she will go to Mary Free Bed for recovery PT and OT so that gives her a goal but we don't have a real date as of yet. Friday (15th) they will do the first dressing change on her arms in her room and that means she will face seeing her arms and hands for the first time, keep her in prayer over that please! They were going to do all that on Tuesday but decided against it due to removing staples and other factors. She will have lots more surgeries yet to come according to the Drs. but they will be done on a routine basis as she heals and goes on with the PT. Jodi is so thankful for all your prayers and support and asked me to pass that on to everyone! More to come!




10/18/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: the updates may be a little farther apart right now. Jodi is doing very well physically. The knee cap is healing and in the next week or so they will be taking a piece of her calf muscle to create a covering for it. From there they can do skin grafts and it should heal fine. Her back and shoulder are doing very well and they will start grafting as early as next week! Saturday they will take her back in to surgery to redo her her dressings on her arms and hands. All in all this is great news. Emotionally she is riding a roller coaster, she is successfully dealing with pain med reduction but not thrilled with how much more she is facing. She has psychologists and social workers helping her through it. She is open to some visitation if you like but remember, there is still a high infection concerns. She loves the cards by the way! More to come...




10/15/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: this has been a pretty good day for Jodi, she went to surgery to have her wound vacs changed and is doing ok. Over the weekend they got her pain meds working according to her and she even called me this afternoon just to talk! Everything now depends on the none scan test for jeer knee cap and the Integra working on her arms. Hopefully the Social Worker and Psychologist working with her will get her ready for the next big steps, seeing her hands and the grafting process. Keep praying folks, and thank you!!




10/11/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: Well this morning was a little tough on Jodi, she now has no fingers on either hand. What's more, the Integra on her right knee did not take hold, her knee cap may not getting the blood it needs and could be dead. If that is the case they will have to remove and reconstruct her knee cap starting over on getting tissue and eventually skin to cover it. Jodi has been in a lot of pain accordingly. Good news is that both arms and hands are well enough that they put the Integra on both and she only has limited dressings on her shoulder and upper arm! Her healing quotient is very high and her back and shoulder doing spectacular. She will need skin grafts on her lower right side but otherwise it is doing well too. Doctors say she will need a couple more weeks to help with the knee so she will be in the hospital potentially another 4-5 weeks. She will then need extensive occupational therapy so we will see what happens there. We got Jodi set up with a audio Bible which she said she listened to all last night and it really helped her deal with the pain and overwhelming nature of all this. Her Grandmother is spending time with her and that helps too. She is undergoing bone scans today for her knee cap, I will let you know what the results are when I get them. Jodi's Dr. Do called me last night after the surgery, he is one of the best and most informative I have ever met or worked with! She is getting excellent care there. She now has a CarePage you can go to on Spectrum Health's website and can have cards and letters if you want. Either send them to me at 5010 Division Ave Kentwood MI 49548 or email her if you like! Thank you so much for all the prayers, they are working!




10/09/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: We met with the Drs this morning and discussed what is next in Jodi's treatment. Jodi heard that she will lose the remaining two fingers on her left hand. That was a little rough but the Dr pointed out several options for her including possible splitting of the metacarpals (hand bones) to provide finger like use of her hands, her remaining thumb bones being able to form grips and huge advancements in prosthetics. Jodi was obviously disappointed by the news but at the end of the discussion, encouraged. Her pain control is still and issue and they are working to wean her down on some of the narcotics but keep her pain under control. She is still going to have painful episodes to go through but she is out of damage control and now into healing and reconstruction. The good news is they are proceeding with putting the Integra on her arms and once that is the case, she will be down to much less often surgery, ergo less intrusive pain. We are working to get her some voice activated tools for journaling as well as some day and night cycle corrections for her sleep cycles. This will help with mental pain and help her focus on the positive aspects of her future and not dwell on the negatives. All in all she has been very strong through this and when she sets goals is working to achieve them. As time goes on please focus your prayers for her on knowing and understanding the blessings to come, remaining positive and focusing on one day at a time ok? Thank you all for supporting her!




10/08/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: guess who is sitting on the side of her bed and even stood up on her left leg!!! She is doing good with PT. We have a meeting with the Dr. tomorrow at 8am to talk about what's next she may lose more finger on her left hand. They are going to put the Integra on her forearms Thursday. Her spirits are good and pain is under control for now. Hopefully she isn't pushing to much...prayers working!!




10/06/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: visited her this afternoon with Mom, things went pretty well. Jodi spoke and joked around with her Grandma but after getting tired took a little nap. Upon waking she found she was in a great deal of pain so they got it back under control. Dr says she will go back into surgery tomorrow morning for more debreedment and prep so that on Thursday they hope to put the Integra on her hands and arms to start building a dermis layer. Once that grows they can then start skin grafts to get her hands and arms healed up. All the rest of the burns are doing very well so the Drs are very pleased with her progress. She is having a hard time keeping comfortable but otherwise is doing well. She is very upbeat at times and then overwhelmed but keeps saying she is so blessed and thanks everyone for the prayers!




10/05/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: spent the afternoon with Jodi as she got to visit with her grandmother, what a difference a day makes! She was alert, they had just completed a dressing change and her attitude was great. She was comfortable, relatively pain free(under control) and looked good. She and her Gram had a great time, talked,laughed and cried together. It was so good to see. Donald was doing a great job of caring for her too. One interesting note, Erin Schannals from KCC is one of her care givers! Our church kids are grown up!! Thanks for the prayers, they are helping!!




10/04/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: Here at the Hosp with Jodi, she had a really rough night, lots of pain. They had to remove more of her right hand and started some of the reconstructive work. They also removed more of her left thumb. She had more debreeding so her right hip and her forearms are raw and sensitive. She is excited about her Grandmother Gooch coming to visit so we will see how that goes tomorrow. Right now she is drifting in and out of consciousness due to the drugs and exertion. The Hosp is filing her state aid paperwork to help her thank goodness but we will have to talk to the Fed SS folks for her. Hopefully Don's visit will lift heed spirits too to take her mind off the pain. She is struggling a little with her future and how she would deal with the aspects of motherhood, being a wife and taking care of her family life. More to come...




10/02/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: This was a really good day so far for Jodi. The dressing change went much better today than yesterday with Jodi actually sitting up for a large portion of it. The wound on her lower right side is still very raw and they have decided it needs more cadaver skin put on it to help with the healing. Otherwise the burns on her back are healing very well and even indicate there won't be much if any scaring. Her upper arms are still doing well and her face is almost completely healed with no scars. I had a good talk with the Dr's and she will be going back into surgery Thurs around 3:30 so please keep her in prayer then, they expect to do more debreedment on her arms and hands. They will also remove more finger and thumb material, inspect the left hand ring finger for removal if required and then put a material called Integra on the worst wounds. This material helps build a dermis layer over tissue so the skin can be regrown or grafted on. The Dr seems to think he will go from two surgeries a week to just one a week as the arms continue to heal. She will have more to go. She was upbeat, said she had a great visit with both Jenn and Keith yesterday and was very aware of her situation and upcoming plans. She is also very thankful for all the prayers and support and the great medical team taking care of her. I helped her eat her lunch, penne with tomato sauce, broccoli etc and she ate till she was full with plans to finish it later. She is still pretty doped up but she is doing well for what all she has been through. She also feels she should be up to some visitors by Sunday. We ask that be limited so she isn't overwhelmed as well as the continued risk of infection. God is so good!





10/01/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: Jodi was in good spirits when I got to the hospital this morning. She knows about the amputations and feels she has some challenges ahead but can handle it. Her dressing change was a different matter all together. Jenny and her stepfather Keith were there and had to step out, it was very rough. She asked me to come in and it took three nurses and myself to get her through it. They changed the shoulder, upper arms and back dressings but she was in a lot of pain. They bathed her, and changed her bedding while she even sat up! After her meds she was comfortable enough for Jenny and Keith to go back in and visit. They are going to give whole blood this afternoon to raise her platelet count. More info to come...




09/30/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: rough day today, Jodi had more surgery and it was decided that they needed to take the fingers and thumb from her right hand and the index and middle finger on her left. The risk of infection was getting too high and they were all dead, too badly damaged by the fire to save. She is sedated and although she knew this would happen eventually, now it has. Thank you for the prayers everyone...




09/30/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on my son's girlfriend: my mom and I spent the afternoon at Butterworth Hospital in GR visiting Jodi today. And today was better than yesterday... While she was exhausted from dressing changes and a painful, sleepless night, she really perked up when we arrived. Her brother was also there and we all had a nice visit with her. There were some tears, but mostly talks of being thankful and her telling us how appreciative she was that we were there. She even smiled a little today and made funny, silly faces about certain topics. It was good to see her lively and fun personality come out. 

Last night while there, I stroked her hair and rubbed her forehead and she fell asleep which is when we left. Today she remembered that, and it made her remember when her own mom did it... This made her sad since she just lost her mom this summer. I wiped her tears and assured her we are all here for her. She recognized all my son has done and said she sure hopes he doesn't leave her; she really sees the support even through her tough moments. Those good moments keep my son strong and it was heartwarming to see the connection as she lovingly stared at him. 

We took her a care package today of candies (chocolates, soft candy, hard candy, nuts, recees) and hair scrunchies/ties. With her long beautiful hair it has to be kept up every day. She sure liked those! 

My son had cleaned her face and it was shiny and even more healed than yesterday. When she was sad about her fingers my mom reminded her how smart and beautiful she is, and that she will be able to do anything regardless. Just giving her positive reinforcement lifted her spirit. She truly is a beautiful woman who can do whatever she sets her mind to. While a long road is ahead of her, she will prevail. I believe the sky is truly the limit for this woman. I am humbled by her strength so far, and genuinely proud of my son for his loyalty to her. I look forward to what these two can accomplish together in their future. 

Thank you again for your prayers everyone. Please keep them coming; strength and courage are surely two things they both will continue to need. I'm so thankful I was able to come home and spend time with them...I love them both so much.
 — with Donald Smith and Jodi Mata.





09/29/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: talked with the Dr. Jodi goes in for more surgery Monday afternoon and they will debreed and put a new type bandage on her arms so they can commence grafting. She was told they will start amputation on Thursday and she now knows she will lose the fingers and thumb on her right hand and two if not more on her left. As expected this is a hard pill to swallow for her and she is trying to be strong but sometimes it is a bit much for her. Pain control is another issue they are having to work on as she is still going up and down that roller coaster. Please keep her in your prayers as this will be a big week for her and thank you for all them so far!




09/27/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: the day finished a little rough, the surgery was long and hard. She was in a lot of pain but they are getting it under control. The debreedment was done on both hands, left forearm, knee and back. Her sister Jenny was there to encourage her. Hopefully she will get a decent sleep tonight so she can heal more. Everyone appreciates the prayers for her, they are working!




09/26/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: Jodi is alert this morning in pain and uncomfortable but talking. She reiterated no visitors. She will be going into surgery about 1PM foe more debreeding and application of a special type of dressing. Infection is the big worry right now. The pain is upsetting her stomach so there is some nausea. She continues to heal and looks better every day!!




09/25/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: sitting here with Jodi, she just had her dressings changed. I got to be there as they did it, even with pain mess it was incredibly painful at times. Her right hand is bad, don't look good for her fingers. Left hand is bad but not as bad as the right, Jodi knows she may lose some fingers. She is being very brave. They have brought in Pain Mgt to help long term pain control. Dr says in a week she will have most of her facial burns healed. The knee and back are doing well and she will go in to surgery again late Thursday. Prayers are working!




09/24/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update for Jodi She is doing good and thankful to be alive. She is currently working with the therapist stretching out her wrists and hands. If she doesn't do this everyday, she will definately lose range of motion. Bone scans are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Other than that, she rests.




09/24/2013
by Kristin Hileman
http://www.themorningsun.com/general-news/20130924/fund-raiser-nets-thousands-for-harrison-burn-victim




09/22/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Hey guys. Jodi had an okay day yesterday. She's been getting a lot of well needed rest. A couple friends came to visit yesterday and she got so agitated they said they didn't want any more visitors the rest of the day because she really needs her rest. I don't know if any of you are planning on coming but if you are please wait until further notice. Jodi just needs lots of rest right now. They are changing her bandages today again and supposed to check her lungs so hopefully they can remove her breathing tube. I sure hope they do. I can't imagine how disorienting inhaling all that smoke must have been. Man... Keep praying everyone. Thank you




09/21/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: she is still on the vent, they are going to give her another day. She was communicative wiggling her toes upon command, she did know who I was and where she is. She is not in pain. Contrary to some rumors no drugs or alcohol was involved per tests, please stop rumormongering you are hurting the family! Keep the prayers coming folks they are helping!
 





09/20/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi: talked with the Dr, Jodi will lose some if not all of some fingers. Burns are 30% of her body but worst is the hands. Her facial burns are better and Dr is confident there will be no scaring. She has at least two more surgeries to go and they will start bringing her out of sedation to the point of recognition late this weekend/Monday. She is a writer so you can imagine what the loss of fingers will mean to her...
More when available.





09/20/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Jodi had a really good night... Her blood pressure and heart rate are both down from this time yesterday and she didn't set off any alarms which the nurse said hardly ever happens. That means she's sedated really well and as comfortable as possible for the most part.
 
Ya know, the doctors say its for certain she's gonna lose fingers but doctors have been wrong plenty of times before. Please keep up the prayers everyone. If anybody in this whole world is deserving of a miracle, you'd better believe that it's Jodi Lea Mata...





09/19/2013
by Kristin Hileman
UPDATE: Nurses changed Jodi's gauze so she's got nice fresh stuff on now. She is still heavily sedated but they have decreased her dosages of some of her medications a lot as to slowly bring her out of sedation. I would like to mention something that slipped passed me earlier. This morning when I was in Jodi's room a nurse asked me who I was and as soon as I started talking Jodi's eyes opened right up and she started looking around the room for me. I ran right up to her and we immediately made eye contact with each other. I could tell she knew exactly who I was. I simply told her I love her and that everything was going to be okay. I no more than stopped talking and she went back under. The nurses said that was the first time that's happened and it's definitely a good sign. Thank you again everyone who is praying and keeping Jodi in their thoughts. Please keep praying!




09/19/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update on Jodi; last night they did about 3.5 hours of debreeding on Jodi's hands, arms, back, leg, neck and face. She is understandably more swollen today but her face does look slightly better. This will be a life altering impact for Jodi. The Dr said they do not plan additional surgery over the weekend but there will be more next week to continue her treatment, her hands are very bad. The Bronchoscopy showed she did have heat damage to her lungs and obvious smoke inhalation but they are confident it will heal with time, they are managing her airway for now. The have slightly reduced her sedation as they try to work her pulmonary issues but she is still out of it, sleeping most of the time with occasional movement. She is getting excellent care but is a long, long ways from being through this. Keep the prayers coming as she definitely will need them to deal with this long term. Her hands are badly burned..she will most likely lose fingers on each hand.




09/19/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Another update... They have put Jodi on a feed tube so she's gonna be getting some good nutrition now! Talked to the doc again and she confirmed the severity of Jodi's hands again. She will end up losing probably a couple of her fingers on each hand. This is so awful but thank god she's alive! They scoped her lungs yesterday and said theres a lot of soot but its still too early to tell how much damage there is. Jodi has always been there for everyone as much as she could and this time it's her that needs us. Please keep up the support and prayers everyone! Thank you so very much.




09/19/2013
by Kristin Hileman
So grateful for 9&10 news!  Thank you doing a story on Jodi and posting her fundraising page. She truly needs our love, support, and help!  God Bless her! Please visit this link to read the story and they will have an airing tonight.

http://www.9and10news.com/story/23475852/house-fire-under-investigation-in-clare-co




09/19/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update from Jodi's Boyfriend Donald....

Hello everyone, I would like to give you all an update on Jodi's condition. I have been at the hospital since yesterday morning with Jodi and I'm not going anywhere. I spoke with doctors last night at about 11 and the good news is that Jodi is going to live. She has suffered 3rd degree burns all over her body but her hands and arms are the worst of it. She is in stable condition and her vitals are looking really good but the doctors said that she's gonna end up losing parts of some of her fingers on both hands if not the entire fingers. It's too early to tell still but the burns are so severe that it is inevitable. Jodi had a good night last night though and she was actually conscious enough that she had her eyes open and looked at me. I talked to her and could tell that she understood me but she isn't able to talk back yet because she is heavily sedated which is good for her because otherwise she would be in terrible pain.




09/18/2013
by Kristin Hileman
Update: While Jodi is still in a fragile state and not concious, the doctors say that she will survive. She will undergo multiple surgeries to address her burned tissue and may not have full use of her hands. I will continue to recieve updates and visit her in the hospital. Thank you to all who share their sympathies and finance. Thank you Kristin for setting up this page.


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