Hodson car crash expenses

For: Hodson family
Organizer: Katie Evans
$74,275
of $240,000 goal.
Raised by 944 donors
30% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Thank you all for your amazing, generous donations.  We've quickly exceeded both my initial and secondary goals, and I am so grateful for all who are willing to help this beautiful family.

That being said, we now have a little better idea of what the costs of this accident might add up to, so I'm upping the goal by quite a lot.  I do not want Jenny and Kent to have to worry about money as they try to heal and take care of their family.  Here is the basis I used to come up with the new estimate (though bear in mind that this is all my own guestimation, and nothing at all official):
2 emergency lifeflights (likely not covered by insurance) -- $20K each
2 lifeflights between hospitals -- $10K each
an air ambulance to transfer Joshua to a hospital near his home at some point -- $30K
airfare and other travel costs between New York and Texas until then -- $5K
their medical costs not covered by insurance (co-pays, deductibles, co-insurance, etc) -- $20K
in-home nursing care for Christina/Joshua for 6 months (since it will take Jenny a while to recover enough to be able to care for them) -- $25K
addition of wheelchair ramp, downstairs bedroom, and downstairs bathroom to their house (since Christina will likely be in a wheelchair for quite some time) -- $100K
This adds up to $240K.

I will continue to update their progress in the "updates" section of this website.

Here is the initial description of what happened:
On Sunday, July 14 Jenny Hodson, Tanya Evans (Jenny's mother) and Jenny's 7 children were in a rollover car accident in upstate New York.  Tanya died on the scene.  Jenny and her children were all taken to local hospitals, including two of the children being lifeflighted.  Jenny's elbow was shattered and doctors have performed initial emergency surgery.  She will have more surgeries.  Christina and Joshua are both on life support in the ICU.  Christina has woken up briefly.  Joshua has not woken up.  Three of their other children were also admitted to the hostpital for short stays.  Michael was discharged, and Andrew and Benjamin are being held overnight for observation.

During this time we don't want them to have to think about the enormous costs associated with lifeflights, surgeries and prolonged hospital stays.  This is not even taking into account the travel and other expenses associated with this happening 1700 miles from their home, or the cost of fixing or replacing their van.  Please help us take this one worry off their plate!

This fundraiser was set up by Katie Evans, sister-in-law of Jenny and Kent (married to Jenny's brother Jacob).  All donations, however, go directly into the Hodsons' paypal account.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 24, 2013

Posted on September 24, 2013

This is a little overdue (sorry!), but the whole Hodson family is home at their house for the first time in 2.5 months!

Joshua was able to go home last Thursday!

Christina did a lot of hard work recovering from her surgeries last week, and she was able to go home on Friday!

Kent says:

"There is lots of healing that is still needed, and alot more work to be done, but we are turning this page over and starting on the next chapter.

Thank you for all of your love and prayers."

Posted on September 16, 2013

Posted on September 16, 2013

Thank you all for your prayers!  Here is today's wonderful update from Kent:

"It is not often I can say this, but it is good day to be Monday.

Joshua continues to improve in small ways each day.  He is doing so well that they are targeting this Thur to come home!!  His work is not done, and there will be therapy needed for some time, but he is quickly showing that he does not need the medical oversight now.

Christina:  All of her cultures from her leg have turned up negative!!  This means we can move forward with her surgery to put back the hardware in her leg and let the healing begin!  Today Christina got to play her flute in music therapy and was able to drive herself there - in her wheelchair.  Her next surgery is tomorrow(Tue) morning, and then as soon as she is able to manage her leg again she can go home.

There is a real possibility of the entire family being home together by the end of the week.  We thank you all for your prayers and petitions to the Lord for healing for our family.

Kent & Jenny"


Posted on September 10, 2013

Posted on September 10, 2013

Here's another update from Kent.  Please read to the end for a specific prayer request!

"Joshua:  continues to improve a little each day. Those that have not seen him in a week are amazed at how far he has come.  His latest accomplishment was beating his PT therapist in doing pushups, and thus he walked away with the pint of BlueBell Icecream.  His therapist also asked us to bring in his bike so they can start to work with him on riding again.   He also continues to earn more freedom in waking around his hospital room and now even onto the rest of the floor on his own.  He is also sleeping much better at night.

Christina:  is now at the next phase of her leg recovery, and we will need everyone's help with this.  After looking over the CAT scan from last week, the Dr. does not like how the leg is lining up and so he has scheduled surgery to get the knee and leg repaired.  This will have at least 2 parts.  First, surgery on Wed to clean up the wound from the past surgery and to make sure there is no infection anywhere in the leg.  It will take 3-4 days for the cultures to tell them if there is any infection.  If no infection, then early next week there will be a second surgery to line up the leg and let the healing begin.  If there is any infection, then they will have to treat the infection (both directly in the wound and with IV/pill antibiotics), and then wait ~6 weeks to make sure the infection is cleaned up before they can finish repairing the knee.

We would ask for your prayers to be with Christina that her leg is not infected and that her surgeries can go smoothly so she can move on with the healing process.  Kent, Jenny and JD will also need the peace and clarity that comes from prayer as we work with 2 kids in different hospitals and the rest of the family at home.  We know that there is a way prepared for all of us to make it thru the next trial.  Thank you to all for your love and help."

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