Jonah’s Journey

The Karpmans moved to Carmel Valley from New York in 2010, enjoying an enriching life for their family of six. On December 20, 2017, all of that came to an abrupt halt when their son Jonah, a 2017 Torrey Pines High School graduate and freshman at UC Berkeley, was paralyzed after diving into Mission Bay. On that morning, Jonah’s mother received the call every parent fears, telling her to come to hospital. Jonah received emergency surgery and was airlifted to Craig Hospital in Denver, CO to receive rehabilitative care. He is now an outpatient working to gain strength in functioning muscles and learn daily living skills so that he can return to college.

“We are grateful to everyone in Carmel Valley for the strength we have gained from their prayers and support…”

The Karpman family – which includes Jonah’s parents Mark and Darcy, and his three siblings Justin, Haylee, and Eli – ask others to keep their story in mind as the summer months approach. “When diving into water, whether it’s pools, ocean waves, or shallower bays and lakes, be extra cautious,” they said. “Look before you leap.” They also urge anyone who witnesses a possible spinal cord injury to follow American Red Cross recommendations by not moving the victim unless needed for safety, carefully bracing the neck, and calling for medical assistance. “We are grateful to everyone in Carmel Valley for the strength we have gained from their prayers and support and hope it continues throughout the coming years.” Learn more about Jonah’s story at www.gofundme.com/JonahKarpman.