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Luncheon benefit, silent auction set for Jennifer Anderson

Friends and family of Jennifer Anderson will host a Luncheon Benefit, Silent Auction and Bake Sale for the Anderson family on Saturday, March 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Grace Lutheran School Gymnasium, 1025 14th Ave. S., Fargo. A Sloppy Joe lunch will be served with a freewill donation of $5 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Anderson family to help them pay for substantial out of pocket medical expenses.

Jennifer, a pediatric nurse, wife, and young mother of five was taken by ambulance to the hospital in early January with what was believed to be pregnancy complications. Once she arrived at Sanford her condition quickly escalated into a life threatening situation in which her heart had stopped twice. After some tests, Jennifer's blood pressure started dropping and she was rushed to surgery. They performed open heart surgery and found blood clots in both her heart and lungs. She was diagnosed with disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), an extremely life threatening condition which had also caused a pulmonary embolism in Jennifer. An emergency caesarean was also necessary at that time to save Jennifer and the baby. The baby, Jax, was born at 26 weeks weighing in at one pound, 14 ounces and was taken immediately to NICU.

After 8 hours in the operating room, Jennifer's heart failed when the doctors tried to take her off the bypass. It was determined that two ventricular assist devices (VAD's) were needed and these were inserted so her heart could rest and heal. The following day, more surgeries were performed and after a few days, one more open heart surgery was done to remove the devices and miraculously her heart functioned without the use of the machines. Due to her surgeries and her condition, hundreds of units of blood and blood products were needed. 

Two weeks later she was released to go home but was required to check into the hospital each day for tests and lab work. After a brief stay at home, Jennifer experienced a seizure and was taken back to the hospital by ambulance. During this stay at the hospital, she experienced more seizures and her cognitive ability deteriorated. It was determined surgery would be required to relieve pressure the blood clot was causing on her brain. She was later discharged to rehab and after a week in rehab, she was discharged to her home.

Jax remains in the NICU where he continues to amaze everyone with his determination and will to live. Jennifer is on the long road to recovery but the family is facing emotional and financial hardship.

Online donations may be made to DMF Lend A Hand:, click 'Donate', and select Jennifer Anderson

Cash/Check donations may be sent to: Wells Fargo Bank South Office, 3201 Univ. Dr. S., Fargo, ND 58104 with checks payable to the Jennifer Anderson Benefit Account. DMF Lend A Hand is supporting the fundraising effort with up to $5,000 of matching funds.