Posted on June 18, 2017
Oh my word! How can we possibly begin to say thank you for what you all have done out of the kindness of your heart? There wasn't a dry eye in the room as Amanda read thru your comments, shared memories, prayers and well wishes (I had to snap a photo because she was so moved). We have been praying for a hundred-fold return on each persons/families gift. We pray that God will bless you above and beyond what you have sown into Jason and Amanda. Please understand that it is hard to comment on each individual donation now due to the nature of the circumstances, but at some point (probably a few weeks after she is out of the hospital and adjusted to her new routine with Jay), Amanda wants to reply to each and every one of you on their behalf (hopefully with Jay’s help). Here is a very important part of their survival story that Amanda wants to tell you about. It is about the unsung HEROS of that morning, neighbors John and Gloria Phipps. John and Gloria are near and dear to Jason and Amanda's heart and the feeling is mutual. Here are Amanda's words: "Just after making it out of the house, Jason led me to the front yard and dowsed both of us in a water puddle to stop the burning. Following Jason's lead, we both dropped to our knees and started thanking GOD for our lives, that our lungs would clear, that our skin was healed and our bodies are healed. We kept thanking Jesus for it over and over. After we prayed, we knew it was time to find help." Jay picked me up and carried me to the truck then we headed down the road to John and Gloria's. Once we pulled into their driveway Jason started going into shock. I hopped out of the truck and ran to their house and started banging on the front door crying out their names! Within in moments the lights came on and John was opening the front door. John looked at me with startled eyes and I said, "Our house is on fire, we just woke up and barely made it out, Jay is in the truck and he needs help now!" John immediately covered me with a house coat just as Gloria ran into the room. Gloria is a former nurse and immediately took charge and went into nurse mode as she was wetting towels in the sink, Jay had made his way up to the front door. Details of this time start to get blurry here because I had began shaking and was nauseous. I was dizzy and everything was hurting, I was going into shock. But what I do remember, was Gloria covering Jay with as many cold cloths as she had on hand and then covering him with a house coat. At the same time, they were talking out loud about what they needed to do next to get us to help as fast as they could. John took Jay out to the truck and put him in the back seat then he came back for me and helped me in next to Jay. I looked at the clock on the dash and saw it was 4:08 am.
The drive into emergency took about 20 minutes. Gloria drove a separate vehicle into the hospital and phoned ahead to tell them we were on the way, as well as called the fire department to dispatch them to our home. Jay's father was also called (Jay's mother was visiting relatives in California). Once we got to the hospital Jay looked at me and said, "I love you, and we are going to be okay!" When we entered the hospital, Gloria's nursing expertise was exemplified as she spent her time going between our rooms and acting as our advocate. She made sure that our transportation to the Burn Unit in Edmonton was coordinated as well as called my parents in the states to let them know what had happened. John and Gloria were our lifeline, they were also the connection point for my parents for the first couple of hours before we were transported. We are so thankful to the Lord that they were home, because they were supposed to be gone. As a matter of fact, they had decided to come home early from their weekend activity and had only pulled into their driveway at 2:00 am. 2 hours before we showed up at their door. The way we see it, this was clearly the hand of God. Thank you again for all your love and support, you will never know how truly grateful we are and how much we can feel the support. My burns are healing well and the last 24 hours have been very good for Jason.