Born with a congenital heart defect (Transposition of the Great Arteries, VSD, ASD, & Aortic Stenosis), Josiah has not been a stranger to ongoing medical care throughout his life. Between the age of 8 and 12, life seemed to have normalized for him. However, when Josiah turned 16, he started showing signs of psychological deficits that his doctors did not anticipate. As soon as puberty came around, he began to show steady signs of regressive psychological, emotional, & neurological disorders. From the age of 16 to 20 he was hospitalized four times. This year he was his longest confinement as he had to stay in residential care for a month. His doctors and therapists are helping him work through his emotional and psychological handicaps, by giving him tools relearn how to just become a normal adult–perhaps to go back to school and even to work again. It’s been a hard road for him and his family, helping him recover. His psychiatrists, psychologists, pediatrician, and therapists have recommended more long-term residential care for him. However, funding is severely limited with all the medical bills he has incurred. Insurance will not cover everything and the financial resources of his family are limited. His family is hoping to find other alternatives to aid in his care since the journey to his recovery is a long one.
After witnessing his (and his family’s) struggles for the past four years, North Point Community Church has partnered with Josiah’s family and reached out to Helping Hands for a viable avenue to assist Josiah and his family for his ongoing medical needs. In spite of all his handicaps, all they are hoping for is a healthier psychological and emotional life for Josiah.
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