Accident Disabled Man Seeks Grant Money To Restore Normal Life
by Stephen Jenkins
(Laurel, MS, USA)
I'm a 31-year-old male from Laurel, MS. I was divorced June 2006 after I was involved in a motorcycle accident.
I have a six-year-old son named Dalton that lives with me on the weekends and during the summer.
My mother and father live about two hours away along with my two youngest brothers. I live next door to my grandparents, and they help me when I need them.
I live in my grandparents' old trailer, and even though rent is free, it's barely suitable for me and my son.
After I got hurt in the wreck, my friends stopped coming around, so asking them for help isn't an option for me. That leaves me pretty much by myself all day with no way of leaving my house.
If I had the money to get an automobile with hand controls, that would greatly improve my quality of life.
Also, I recently had surgery a few weeks ago removing a large inguinal hernia. Now that this large hernia is gone, none of my clothes fit anymore. It would be nice to be able to buy new clothes, but I constantly stay broke.
I used to be a pretty active guy, and I was very sociable. Now, I have a hard time being around people because I'm not used to it anymore.
I'm only 31 yeas old, and I want my life back. Well, I want it back to normal as much as it can be.
I had an almost fatal motorcycle accident on September 8, 2005. I was rushed to two hospitals before I was airlifted to UMC in Jackson, MS. I stayed in ICU for two months on life support and in a coma.
I shattered my pelvis, ruptured my kidney and bladder, severed my urethra, dislocated both hips, broke my right arm and elbow, almost lost my left leg completely, broke my right ankle and leg, and had a lot of nerve damage.
Two years after the accident I had surgery to remove my right kidney and my right leg. I've had over 20 surgeries, and still have more to come.
I use a wheelchair on a daily basis because I cannot walk. I have to sleep in a hospital bed and use a shower seat to take a shower.
I am in the process of trying to find a new doctor so he can sign for my new prosthetic. Until then, I have to use the same prosthetic I had made for me three years ago, and it doesn't even fit.
I have a Right leg BK amputation, and if I'm ever going to walk again I need a good prosthetic. Again, money is an issue with that as well.
I receive a disability check each month for $740 and by the time I pay all of my bills and buy groceries I'm broke.
I usually have to rely on my grandparents to help me out because I don't have enough money to buy what I need.
I can't drive so I rely on other people to take me places, and most of the time I have to pay them money for gas to do that.
My medications cost money, and I have so many hospital bills I can't keep up with them.
I've actually tried to drive a friend's car, and to my surprise I could. It wasn't very easy, but I could do it.
I know now that if I had the proper vehicle with the proper controls, I could drive myself to all of my doctor appointments and even to the grocery store.
Thank God for my grandparents, because I wouldn't know what I'd do without them.
The only income I receive is from disability. I don't receive donations, grants, church, or from work.
Every once in a while my grandparents help me out by buying me what I need, but they never give me any money.
I'm tired of other people helping me, and it would be nice to be able to help myself for a change.
I don't really know what's out there or what's best for me. All I know is if there's a way for someone like me to be able to get financial help, I'll gladly take it.
I'm just a disabled man that needs financial help, so anything that would help along those lines would be appreciated.