By Sheila Phibbs
The Haldimand Press
CAYUGA—On October 23, 2020, 19-year-old Logan Jacobs of Cayuga sustained serious injuries in an accident on Haldimand County Road 9 near York. In the three weeks following, he remained in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Hamilton General Hospital surrounded by his family. That family is surrounded by a community offering comfort, prayers, and support to help Logan on the road to recovery.
Logan is the youngest of four siblings and the close-knit family knows that the path to his recovery will not be short, but it is paved with hope. His eldest sister, Cassandra Fallon, says, “We are encouraged by how strong he is. He has a lot of broken bones, but his body is healing and fighting for him. Looking at what the car looks like, it’s a miracle that he survived at all.”
That sentiment is shared by the medical team and Fallon says Logan’s case is one of the worst the nurses have seen. She adds, “The hospital is amazing; they go above and beyond for him.”
While Logan’s condition was critical, his vitals have been getting more stable and Fallon says, “It’s still early days, but there’s hope.”
That hope is spurred by small signs of progress – his eyes have partially opened at times to reveal their stormy blue colour. He also seems aware of his family around him as his eyes open more and his heart rate goes up.
In recent days he has been able to breath for a short time without the ventilator. After 23 days in the ICU, Fallon was thrilled to report on November 15 that Logan had been off the ventilator for 24 hours. The following day he was moved out of the ICU and into a step-down ward.
“His vitals are the best they have been. Still non-responsive and fighting pneumonia but doing well. So amazing,” said Fallon.
Fallon, who became guardian of her younger siblings several years ago when their mother passed away, describes her brother as a hard worker who has always had a job since he was 14. He has a love of cars and modified his car in his spare time. He enjoys being outdoors and hiking is one of his favourite activities. Fallon says, “Logan is the kind of kid any parent would want to raise. He is easy going and easy to please. He’s everyone’s favourite.”
Fallon’s admiration for her youngest brother and his determination is evident as she says, “He’s never had a negative attitude to be a victim. He is fighting to get through this. He inspires me. Even now we don’t feel like victims. We are so thankful he’s alive; we can hold his hand.”
They are also thankful for the support they have received from extended family, friends, and the community. Fallon says, “The whole community has been reaching out. Friends and family are doing so much for us.”
That support includes a GoFundMe campaign that is raising funds to assist the family through Logan’s hospital stay and recovery.
Logan is friends with the son of Tara Bawden, who is the organizer of the online fundraising effort. She says, “I felt like I had to do something so they could focus on him.”
She adds, “He’s a wonderful boy. I want the community to know he’s a great kid and needs support. We are thankful and everyone’s support means a lot to them.”
As Logan Jacobs continues his journey of recovery, he and his family are definitely not alone. His family feels overwhelmed with gratitude for the ongoing support of the community, including the GoFundMe contributions, as well as the prayers being offered by many churches in the area.
Fallon says, “It is hard to find the words to describe how grateful we can feel. You never want to go through something like this. We could be in such a darker place without the support of the community.”
To contribute to the GoFundMe for Logan Jacobs, visit gofundme.com/praying-for-logan.