Jessica Crumpton's Life Changes After Community Outpour


By Heather VacLav

Just two days ago, Jessica Crumpton, a burn victim who lost her legs and an arm, had nowhere to turn for help after she was dropped by Medicaid.

That was, until the community stepped in to get Jessica literally back on her feet.
“I haven’t been able to get an arm, I haven’t been able to go to rehab, I don’t have a doctor, I can’t get medicine,” Crumpton listed in tears Wednesday
“It’s just more than money, we need someone to step up and offer it for free,” said Barbara Anderson, Crumpton’s fundraising coordinator and pastoral outreach member at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church.


And someone did step up after watching CBS-8’s story Wednesday night.
“I caught some of the story, then looked at it on the internet, and decided I can help, I can do this,” Trish Stabler said. Stabler has been working as a Registered Nurse for 20 years and volunteered to be Crumpton’s case manager.
Crumpton says she is overwhelmed by the good news.
“It’s all happening,” she said with tears of joy running down her face. “I'm going to walk! It’s pretty unbelievable; I was at a point where I didn't think I'd be able to.”
Stabler visited Crumpton Thursday and did a home evaluation, strategically planning out her medical needs and plan of care.
“She showed up here yesterday, and she was like, here's what we're going to do, and this is what we're going to do, and we're going to contact him,” Crumpton said bouncing up and down with excitement. “And I was like, we can do that?! You can do that?  That happens!?”
In less than 24 hours since Stabler got involved, everything for Crumpton’s care is falling into place.
“She started out with no doctor, she now has a doctor,” Stabler explained. “She had prosthetic legs, but no rehab to teach her how to use them, she has that now.”
But Stabler isn’t the only member of the community helping Crumpton. Many people have contacted CBS-8 News and Barbara Anderson to volunteer their time, money and services.
“A man was at my house this morning measuring [the doorway] so I can actually go to the bathroom by myself,” Crumpton said. “You know something you never think of, that I haven’t been able to do, and I'm going to be able to do it.”
“There isn’t one soul that would hesitate to help this person,” Stabler said. “Because Montgomery, although we are a small city, we have a big heart.”
Jessica Crumpton says she doesn’t even know how to thank people.
“I can’t explain how thankful I am, ya'll have really changed my life,” she said. C

Crumpton tells me all the help she’s getting has inspired her to help other people who have fallen through the cracks with Medicaid. She will start learning how to walk Tuesday at Active Health Rehab in Montgomery.

Crumpton and her family need all the help they can get. If you can volunteer your time, money or services, please contact Barbara Anderson with St. Bede's Catholic Church, her number is, 334-221-6860.