Jacob after his mouth surgery

Dental Dilemma

One week ago today my son, Jacob, was involved in a serious mountain bike accident while we were camping. He and a group of others were dropped off about 8 miles above our camp site with the idea that they would bike downhill back to camp. Because they were going downhill, they quickly gained great speed. Jacob lost control of his bike going around a corner and crashed. Because of the speed involved (he was going about 45 to 50 mph) he was thrown nearly 70 ft beyond his bike. The impact broke his nose, his shoulder, 3 teeth and gave him a very, very bad case of "road rash"!! As you will see from the attached pictures, he was not a pretty sight!! It is pretty amazing that he lived. My husband rushed him off the mountain and was met in Estacada by paramedics who then called Life Flight. At the hospital they were able to reestablish Jacob's teeth by installing a metal plate. He received stitches in several places & was bandaged up. We spent the next 4 days on the Trauma Critical Care floor where he recuperated. Several doctors & nurses made the comment that Jacob only lived because he had worn his helmet. I thought that in itself might be newsworthy. So many of our youth do not wear a helmet and yet they can be lifesaving. At the same time, we have many, many dental visits to come in order to reconstruct Jacob's mouth. It was damaged more so than just the teeth that were knocked out. The teeth were not whole teeth when they were found, they were partial teeth that were put back in. In addition, his lower teeth have been broken off in odd layers - many have exposed nerves now and are also only partial teeth. His tongue had incredible lacerations, one tooth was actually discovered in his tongue!! He is unable to eat anything solid, he can only drink via a syringe. Unfortunately, we do not have any insurance, medical or dental. I am not entirely too concerned with the hospital bills - I can pay on those for the rest of my life and just be happy that they saved my sons life. I am concerned that Jacob needs so much dental work. Without insurance the task of getting his teeth repaired properly & in a timely manner seems so daunting!!!

We are looking for anyone that might be able to donate their dental services or help us by allowing services at a discount and we can make payments.

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Berry says ... on Monday, Aug 6 at 1:47 PM

I know Jacob's dad. Helluva nice, hard workin' guy. Good blue collar type folks. Could you feature this story again? They really need the financial help it might generate. Thanks for your considereation

timber bliss says ... on Monday, Aug 6 at 8:14 PM

this is my grandson hes really a lot better looking the last time i saw him these pics make me cringe my daughter is a very proud woman so it has two be hard for her two ask for help take that in consideration when you read this thank you

JEFF says ... on Tuesday, Aug 7 at 8:48 AM

I THINK THE STORY SHOULD BE TOLD SO OUR CHILDREN REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY AND WEARING A HELMET, EVEN IF THEY ARE OFF ROAD. THANK YOU!

Jake says ... on Wednesday, Aug 8 at 7:40 AM

I'd like to see more of this as well.

No Name says ... on Wednesday, Aug 8 at 11:15 AM

A friend of mine knows this boy and told me how sweet he is. Please help him if you can!

none says ... on Wednesday, Aug 8 at 2:28 PM

I know it is very hard not having insurance I hope that people can find out about Jacob so they can help him and his family.

Sam says ... on Wednesday, Aug 8 at 6:49 PM

Not just a victim of unforssen circumstances. Also a victim of unaffordable healthcare. I hope someone with the right skills sees this so you can get the professional care you need.

Wendy M. says ... on Friday, Aug 10 at 8:59 PM

My heart goes out to Jacob and his family! It's terrible that we don't have a better/more affordable healthcare system. Please share this story with others. Maybe someone out there could help financially or give probono dental services?

Nappy Lam DDS says ... on Monday, Aug 13 at 10:24 AM

I saw your Craigslist Ad and am responding to that via your CL email. If you have not found a dentist already please give my office a call 503-771-2212 my staff has been prepped to expect your phone call.

Asia Collins says ... on Thursday, Aug 16 at 5:16 PM

Jacob is the sweetest boy and comes from a great family that can't seem to catch a break. Please if you have the means to donate, they have a fund set up at Washington Mutual.

Dale says ... on Friday, Aug 17 at 9:06 AM

Good idea to post where the trust fund is set up! Any Washington Mutual Bank will take donations for Jacob Bliss. Any support is certainly appreciated. Thanks to everyone for the comments & other help as well.

Anonymous says ... on Friday, Aug 17 at 11:14 AM

The fund at Washington Mutual is set up under Jacob Bliss. Please help out this great family if you can!

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