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Jimmy’s Story

In August 2011, Jimmy was in a traumatic car accident while in a news car at work.  He suffered a devastating spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis from the shoulders down. 

We have learned this journey will be long and involved though we've made some important strides.  

We created this website to keep friends and family updated about Jimmy's recovery process. Visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook.

Thanks to those who have taken the time to write incredibly heartfelt messages. Jimmy has seen (or heard) all of them.

Latest Journal Update

Surgery Tuesday

Hi all!


Jimmy will have surgery Tuesday to repair the fistula in his esophagus. They will make an incision in the side of his neck, take some muscle from his neck and perform a flap to patch up the hole.


He won't be able to eat for awhile as this heals, but he does have the feeding tube in now and he got his first nutrition last night. Yay, food! (Kind of...) This is a big deal. He hasn't been able to consume proper calories in awhile.


Tomorrow, he's to have another CT scan so they can biopsy the abscess that's formed on his spinal incision. This is so they can fine tune the type of meds to properly treat it.


This may be the infection that caused the fistula -- hard to say.


I saw Jimmy for just a short time today, but was encouraged with how refreshed and rested he was looking. I know that won't be the case right after surgery/recovery but it seems the round the clock ICU care he's getting is starting to pay off.


He even had the energy to make a few phone calls.


So, surgery eve tomorrow. Getting things ready and stomach in knots -- for us both.


Hopefully everything "takes" and we can focus purely on recovery and counting down until Jimmy can come home and see his baby girl.


Will update following surgery. Thanks for all the well-wishes!
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Lorie Scott
By Lorie Ann Whetstine Poarch Scott
Praying for you Jimmy and your precious wife and child.
Amelia Swords
By Amelia Sword
Praying for all of you!
Cheryl Loftis
By Cheri Loftis
Will be praying all goes well!
Lloyd Mitchell
By LloydM
Prayers and all the best to you both! Jimmy I remember you from the FlorenceMB area and I've been praying for you and Jamie ever since... Love ya man!
Thomas Colones
By TC from UNC !
Jimmy : Hey TC here sending you his best...praying for you fellow Tar Heel to get this surgery behind you. I see Roy landed a shooting guard for next year from Va.... hope the Heels can land that forward from Atlanta...but looks slim. This NCAA mess is killing our recruiting..sound like Yanity & The Dookies are at work again ! Prayers for you JImmy & Jamie...take care and keep us posted ! TC
Jody Carpenter
By Jody Carpenter
All my heart and prayers are with you both. I pray God calms your nerves and heals Jimmy.
David Jackson
By David & Leila Jackson
Thoughts and prayers with you both!
Caroline Ervin
By Caroline Ervn
Always thinking about you and Jimmy and that precious Spencer...you would think I know you, but son John has enlightened me and we stay in touch.
Lorie Scott
By Lorie Ann Whetstine Poarch Scott
Jimmy, Its been a very long time- hadnt it. I did not know much about your life after we moved away from good ol Carolina street. I became friends with Donna on facebook and learned of your accident. Have you ever read any of Joni Erickson's books? She is a great inspiration to me. I have a good life now - following Gods will for my life, so I want to share with you and your family how good Jesus has been in my life and how much I care about serving others now. Im going to continue to read your journals and maybe even talk to ya, but for now Ill say Your are now in my prayers for tomorrow and always. Your friend Lorie
Brian Williamsen
By Brian & Dana
Love you guys!