Scott DeHart has joined Giza and is able to post updates here now. This is copied from under the “Donation for Joseph” discussion, so perhaps go there for more info or just watch for posts from JPURCHAS on the forum…
I was asked to join in on the kind efforts of benevolence towards Joseph. I trust most of you know that he & I are more like brothers than friends, we have co-authored several books going back to Genes, Giants…; Transhumanism; etc., as well as JPF writing the forward to Shelley Unbound (my book on Frankenstein).
As I glanced at some of the debate as to which way to move forward, it is not a decision I feel qualified to make. I will speak to Joseph today (Deo Volente) and ask for his opinion so that he may have the final word. At that point if you’d like to give, you will know his mind. I suspect right now he will be most grateful for your care and prayers.
He IS home today and is now resting with his favorite comforter, Shiloh, his dog. I think she was happier than even he upon being home!
Joseph has a long long slow recovery ahead but he might soon be able to make limited contributions to this community he cares so much for.
More to come after I speak with him.
For those who don’t use Facebook, here are copies of the updates from Scott DeHart posted there:
(FYI, This is KC in TX on the chats, not sure why it says Kitzy.)
Here are a couple of newer updates from early today:
Two new posts:
13 hrs ago posted by Scott DeHart:
thank you for those words. We have all known Joseph as family for decades, he was in many ways my mentor as I went to off to Oxford shortly after he finished. He is a brother to me and uncle to my children. It has been emotional but I also know he wanted all to know what was happening … and as it turned out, we were on the phone together when all this began! Frightening.
14 hrs ago posted by Scott DeHart:
I spoke with Joseph a couple of times yesterday. He is “well” considering the very serious heart attack he had. Almost 90% of people die from one such as his. He is MOST grateful for your prayers and well wishes.
He is still without any means to communicate to you but he expressed his thoughts of thankfulness for everyone’s patience with him as he has a slow difficult recovery ahead.
He “might” be home soon but still very much on bed rest for a time. I hope that the next communication is directly from Joseph to you (as does he).
He sends his love.
15 hours ago (so would be afternoon of the 5th)
Joseph went into surgery earlier today. He was in a very dangerous condition but he is well, recovering, and I’m sure would appreciate your continued prayers & respect of his privacy during the recovery. I spoke with his sister, we are all so relieved today.
IF I get more news I will post updates.
Thanks for all of my sons & their mother (Nancy) for helping with Joseph, Shiloh, and being present with him through this VERY serious episode.
22 hrs ago (mid-day ish on the 5th)
In response to the question on whether he has anyone with him during this time:
he does, my family in Tulsa has been with him since this began yesterday while he & I were speaking on the phone. They are very close, basically as family to him for decades, in my sons case, since they were born he has been as an uncle. Many will remember Bennett living with me and Joseph in Victorville.
Early yesterday (the 5th)
Talked to Joseph.
He wanted me to update all of you based on current information.
He is in the ER.
The doctors suspect heart attack & congestive heart failure. They are running tests all morning so I’m waiting for confirmation from him of results.
He appreciates your prayers profoundly.
Speaking as perhaps his oldest friend and nearest brother, please just pray. He won’t be seeing posts or emails for quite some time. His privacy is important as well. At every minute with his consent only I will update and speak with Daniel his web tech about communicating to his followers and friends.
We can limit rumors and respect him best by allowing him to recover and share the news by his own means. For now, it will be me on his behalf.
Also early on the 5th:
To all of Joseph’s friends and followers: he is not seeing your posts at this time but he appreciates your prayers and asks for continued prayer & positive thoughts. I will post an update when it is possible (& provides accurate information with Joseph’s consent only).
JPF’s original FB post from the 4th:
Folks I may not be able to do the vidichat this week… suddenly sick… need prayers