- ABC'S "EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION"
- United States of America
(Hendersonville, TN) Jordan Taylor is a little boy whose life is nothing short of a
miracle. In June of 2006, two-year old Jordan nearly drowned in the family pool.
Blue and lifeless, he was rushed to the hospital where he was CLINICALLY DEAD
for over an hour. When his heart spontaneously started beating again, the ER
director declared it the first “full-blown MIRACLE” he had ever seen in all his
years in emergency care.
While Jordan regained his heartbeat, he was left in what his doctors perceived to
be a “permanent vegetative state.” He was unconscious, unresponsive and
unable to breathe on his own, appearing to have little or no brain activity. In
fact one doctor predicted that Jordan would most likely “progress towards
significant brain injury and possible BRAIN DEATH.” After two weeks in intensive
care with very little perceptible change, the doctors advised Jordan’s family to
pull the plug.
After much prayer and deliberation, Jordan’s family felt strongly that hope was
not lost on the toddler; he simply needed a little more time. Sure enough, just a
few days later, to the utter astonishment of the hospital staff, Jordan opened
his eyes and began breathing on his own. Finally, after thirty-one excruciating
days in the hospital, Jordan was able to go home to be with his family.
Being “home” is presenting a new set of challenges. Even before the accident,
the house was literally bursting at the seams. Jordan’s family, including his twin
brother, Brandon, older brother, Ashton, sister, Kayleigh, and single mom,
Jeannie, all lived with Jordan’s grandparents, Pam and Bobby, and their
daughter, Erin. It was hard enough to make room for eight people in a three
bedroom house, but now, with Jordan requiring around-the-clock care and
special equipment; it’s all the family can do to make it from one day to the next.
The home also serves as a daycare, which the family has depended on as a
source of income for several years. Due to Jordan’s condition, they have had to
reduce the number of children they are able to care for, which has drastically
affected the family financially. The house has it’s own share of physical problems
as well. Full of cracks, leaks and plagued with constant plumbing problems, it is
less than ideal for an in-home daycare, a large family and a child with special
With unwavering faith and resolve, the family stays optimistic. Even in Jordan’s
crowded surroundings, he continues to make remarkable improvements. He is
regaining his ability to swallow. He is beginning to speak again. He is able to hold
his head up on his own and follow voice commands- all things the doctors said
he would NEVER be able to do! Jordan’s family and his therapists are hopeful
that Jordan will soon be walking again. It has been a difficult, even excruciating
journey at times, but it is a path they continue faithfully walking daily.
YOU CAN READ JORDAN'S UPDATE BLOG AT
(UPDATE 3/30/07) I just wanted you to know that Jordan's mom, Jeannie,
reads to Jordan everyday the comments of people who sign his petition. Jordan
has always been a very sensitive and perceptive child, but even now he really
seems to know and understand what Jeannie reads to him. As strange as it may
sound, Jordan has been making greater strides towards recovery since the very
day that petition was posted, almost like he knows and feels the love and
prayers of his new friends. Thank you all!!!
Love and Blessings,
Jordan's Granny, Pam
This picture was taken on the day before Jordan's accident.
WE ARE ASKING ABC’S “EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION” TO PLEASE BUILD
A NEW HOME FOR JORDAN AND HIS DESERVING FAMILY.
YOUR SIGNATURE WILL TAKE JORDAN ONE STEP CLOSER TO A HOME WHERE HE
CAN FULLY RECOVER, AND WHERE HE AND HIS FAMILY CAN THRIVE. HELP US
GET THE MESSAGE TO ABC, PLEASE, “MAKE ROOM FOR JORDAN!”
The Make Room for Jordan! petition to ABC'S "EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION" was written by Erika Chambers and is in the category Health at GoPetition.