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"One day at a time" after one of their five year old identical twin daughters suffered 56 seizures and a stroke in less than 24 hours.

Their story has touched the hearts of many people in the community. A young, married, Christian couple, Jason and Jessica McCoy, live in Barboursville, WV . They have battled Jessica’s stroke and ovarian cancer together with the Lord’s help and healing. The couple spent a lot of time and effort trying several types of fertility treatment after Jessica went into remission; however, all of their attempts failed. The couple decided to foster to adopt a child through Cabell County DHHR. They were called to receive placement of a newborn baby boy straight out of the nursery. The couple had this child for over 6 months when they were informed if they wanted to keep this child they had to make room in their home for his four full siblings. Jessica and Jason prayed long and hard on what they were to do. They opened up their lives, hearts and homes to all five of these children in October 2009. The oldest child, Emilee is now 6, the identical twins Lensey and Kensey are now 5, Cody is now 4 and the baby boy Eli is now 2 years old. Four of the five children had developmental delays and the twins mild cerebral palsy. Kensey was born with hydrocephalus and received a shunt at birth. When she came to live with the McCoy’s her shunt had malfunctioned and had to be removed in March 2010. Jason and Jessica had Cody in speech therapy and Lensey and Kensey in physical and occupational therapy. On January 17, 2011 Kensey had her first seizure and spent 4 days in Cabell’s PICU and was released on seizure medication. On February 7, 2011 she was found by Jason not breathing and was rushed back to the ER. Her glucose level was 11 when she arrived at the ER and she went into a 90 minute seizure. Within the next 24 hours Kensey had 56 documented seizures and a stroke on the right side of her brain. She also suffered with meningitis and pneumonia while she was in the PICU at Cabell. She was in a comma for eight days and on a ventilator for thirteen days. It took twenty one days until Kensey became responsive. She was then transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital on March 3, 2011 to their rehab facility. Kensey has suffered TBI (traumatic brain injury), paralysis on the left side of her body and received a feeding tube. The hydrocephalus also returned on her brain and she is now in need of having the shunt replaced. In October 2011 Kensey began having full body seizures which caused her to loose her speech. Jessica has not been able to return to work since due to the demanding care Kensey needs and the insurance has denied the family in-home nursing care. Kensey still has between 6 to 14 seizures a day. Kensey recently relearned to set up on her own and roll over; however, she is unable to crawl, walk or talk. Due to Kensey being non ambulatory she requires a stander, a walker, a wheelchair and a bath chair. The insurance will only cover the cost of the wheel chair and the family is needing to purchase additional equipment to care for their child. Kensey also receives an extensive12 hours of physical, occupational and speech therapy at Milestones Physical Therapy in Teays Valley, WV a week. The family will be traveling out of state seeking medical treatment for Kensey since she has taken three different kinds of medication which have not stopped the seizures. After the addition to their family Jason and Jessica took their entire savings to start building a big home to accommodate their larger family. This home is now under roof and construction extremely slowed when Kensey became ill. We are hoping God’s people will come together to help this family in any way God leads them to. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. We hope the story of this remarkable couple will touch your hearts the way it has touched ours.
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