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#11746921 - 07/28/16 02:22 PM Update on Jacob
jp24 Offline

Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 67
Loc: Texas
I know many of you have Jacob in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much.

Here's an update I shared on Facebook, while still in NY. We're home in Dallas now.



We have truly good news: We've found the surgeon who will attempt to save Jacob's eye.

After striking out with the first specialist here in NY, Jacob's last hope was Dr. Stanley Chang.

Praying and hoping against hope, Jacob relived the accident to Dr. Chang, and went through the exam yet again.

But THIS TIME, things were different.

After bringing several colleagues in to examine Jacob, and listening as none had before, this amazing pioneer of ophthalmology who's nearing retirement said YES: He believed there was a chance to save Jacob' eye, and he would try.

It was only through several intersecting miracles that we were able to see Dr. Chang -- especially the miracle of our new friend, Alice Rosenwald, who not only convinced Dr. Chang to see Jacob, but opened her home to us while we've been here in NY.

She is Jacob's angel.

As I write this, we are in the waiting room preparing to see the corneal surgeon who, alongside the LEAD surgeon Dr. Tongalp Tezel (Dr. Chang's protege) will operate on Jacob.

The 5-6 hour procedure is set for this Monday, Aug. 1 at 10:00 AM Eastern.

Jacob is fully aware of the severity of his injury, and the odds of a successful surgery, which are not high. But like us, he knows he's in the very best hands possible, and he has hope.

Just as important, he knows he has a bright future no matter what.

We will return to Dallas tomorrow, Wednesday, and be back in NY Sunday to prepare for Monday's surgery.

To all of you who helped make this possible, whether through prayers, contacts, optimism or all of these, we cannot tell you how much it's meant to all of us. In the end, we know two things: it was the power of prayer and the power of friends that made this possible.

Keep praying for Jacob, please, and thank you for this miracle.

Forrest, Barby, Jacob & Jessica

P.S. We knew Jacob was in the right hands when Dr. Tezel said to him, "I'm treating you like you're my son. If it were my son, I'd want someone to try. So we will try!"

Dr. Tezel says he's seen worse, and been successful.

Here's Dr. Tezel's bio, if you're interested:

And here's the fearless Dr. Stanley Chang:

Edited by jp24 (07/28/16 02:24 PM)
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#11746935 - 07/28/16 02:29 PM Re: Update on Jacob [Re: jp24]
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Awesome news!!

#11747069 - 07/28/16 03:44 PM Re: Update on Jacob [Re: jp24]
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Great news!!!

Thanks for the update.

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#11747147 - 07/28/16 04:27 PM Re: Update on Jacob [Re: jp24]
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Registered: 02/26/07
Posts: 2169
Loc: Joshua, TX
I can't even begin to imagine the ups and downs of all this, while trying to balance life at the same time. Your "chin-up, never give up" attitude is impressive (although impressive doesn't do it justice). Keep fighting the fight, and we'll keep praying.

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#11747182 - 07/28/16 04:41 PM Re: Update on Jacob [Re: jp24]
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Will continue to pray for Jacob and his family! The Lord Jesus Christ has control! angel2

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#11747243 - 07/28/16 05:09 PM Re: Update on Jacob [Re: banker-always fishing]
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Registered: 01/15/07
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Fantastic! I love it when God gets involved! Prayers continue for him!
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#11747266 - 07/28/16 05:19 PM Re: Update on Jacob [Re: Bobcat1]
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Registered: 03/26/15
Posts: 1623
Loc: Jack County
That's good news, I can relate to this. I had an eye injury at 18 yo that kept me from having 20/20 and shattered my dreams as becoming an Air Force Pilot. However, I have been successful and got over it, so life does go on. I send my best wishes and prayers for Jacob.

#11748055 - 07/29/16 08:06 AM Re: Update on Jacob [Re: jp24]
Gmann Offline
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Registered: 03/09/04
Posts: 679
Loc: Allen, TX
Best of luck to Jacob, the Willmann family will be praying for his full recovery!

#11748587 - 07/29/16 11:58 AM Re: Update on Jacob [Re: jp24]
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Thanks for the update! We know GOD is still in the business of performing "MIRACLES". Just keep the faith!


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