Jon Metz Needs Your Help to Pay for a Prosthetic Arm
On June 7, Jon Metz was performing routine maintenance on the furnace in his West Hartford, Conn. home, when his left arm became lodged inside. With no response to cries for help and the looming threat of fatal infection, Jon made a decision most people can scarcely imagine: he fashioned a tourniquet and used tools within reach to sacrifice the trapped arm. He nearly succeeded. Drifting into and out of consciousness, Jon was ultimately unable to free himself and was found on his third day in the basement, thanks to concerned coworkers who couldn’t explain his absence from the office.
How is Jon doing?
Jon survived the ordeal and, after multiple surgeries, is presently in recovery. He no longer has a left arm. Doctors agree that Jon’s heroic, improvised surgery prevented the deadly infections and toxins in the damaged left arm from spreading throughout his body. Jon and the Metz family are grateful beyond measure to Jon’s friends and coworkers, the EMTs and Police & Fire departments of the Town of West Hartford, and the talented medical professionals at St. Francis Hospital.
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What Jon needs in order to return to a normal life is a prosthetic arm. They are expensive; Jon’s new prosthetic arm will cost over $100,000, with only a portion covered by his insurance. Please help to defray this cost by donating any amount of money using the secure PayPal link on the right. (Regrettably, contributions are not tax-deductible.) Supported by kind, generous people like you, Jon can look forward to returning to work, to enjoying hobbies like furniture-making, to playing softball, to marrying his fiancée this November—to living his life.
Donations that surpass Jon’s needs, if any, will be given to a nonprofit organization providing prosthetic care for those in need.