MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State Hutson School of Agriculture alumni Jason Koger is determined to give a helping hand and share his story with others to give hope.
On March 1, 2008, jolted by a 7,200-volt powerline while taking a ride on his grandfather’s farm, Koger was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. He was in a coma and awoke three days later to find that doctors had to amputate both of his arms below the elbow to save his life. After 12 days in the hospital, he was released. That same day, he persistently taught himself how to drive again. In the next year, he continued one of his favorite hobbies, hunting, and even went deep-sea fishing. His community put together a benefit to raise money. More than 3,000 people came but Koger said, “What helped the most was the love and support that I had.”
Koger became the first bilateral arm amputee with bionic hands made from touch bionics. He was featured on CNN and later on Skull Bound TV with host Jana Waller. Koger’s bionic hands can be seen in Hawaii Five-O’s “Hookman” episode, which aired in February 2013. Koger has been on Dr. Gupta’s CNN show, Good Day Philadelphia, Techknow on Aljazeera American Network, an Apple commercial, Addicted to the Outdoors, and has had his story covered by the Associated Press and numerous magazine articles and newspapers.
“Jason’s ‘can do’ attitude in facing life’s challenges is an inspiration to all of our Hutson School of Agriculture family,” said Dr. Tony Brannon, dean of the school.
“I learned that God will never give you more than you can handle, I learned that nothing in life is important except for those people that are in your life, I learned that you should wake up every morning and be happy, I have learned to enjoy being in God’s place and the biggest thing I have learned is to love everybody equally and be good to everyone because none of us are guaranteed tomorrow … just today,” said Koger. “I don’t wake up excited to be an amputee, but I do wake up thanking God for everything he has provided me, the people that make my arms, my family, my friends, my opportunities and my life.”
Koger is from Owensboro, Ky. His wife’s name is Jenny and together they have two daughters and a son, Billie Grace, Cambell and Axell.
For more information, go online to www.jasonkoger.com, or Jason Koger Foundation on Facebook. He can be found on Twitter @koger84 and Instagram at jkoger84.