On February 21, 2012, Gilbert Mercier, News Junkie Post Editor in Chief, suffered an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.. a myocardial infarction… a massive heart attack. Gilbert was given only a 10% chance of surviving the surgery that required he be put in a comatose state in order to both repair the damage and perform a bypass. Fortunately, due to his physical strength, as well as the indefatigable spirit and tenacious character that he brings to every challenge he faces, Gilbert has survived both that initial surgery and a subsequent surgery in early March.
Gilbert’s recovery and rehabilitation will be a long process. He is surrounded by loving family and friends but his intense medical needs and the astronomical costs for them will continue for quite some time. The all-too-familiar story of how the American health care system can eviscerate a person’s personal financial security, regardless of insurance, is playing itself out with a cherished member of our family.
We will be regularly featuring some of Gilbert’s thought provoking and challenging pieces over the next few months. A donation account for Gilbert has been set up at WePay. Donations can be made HERE. It is our hope that all of you who have been affected, educated, and challenged by Gilbert’s work will assist him in his time of need and help provide the necessary support so that he can return to his former level of activity and resume his mission of informing, agitating and engaging.
Sincere gratitude from the News Junie Post family for your donation.
TPR co-founder and editor-at-large Jason Leopold was also a co-founder of News Junkie Post.