Wife of Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell releases statement

March 21, 2012 by Bryne Yancey

Wife of Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell releases statement

Danica Russell, the wife of Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell, just released a statement via the IC blog about the health status of her husband following the public incident in San Diego late last week:

"Thank you to those who continue to support both us, and Invisible Children. The organization is an extension of our family, and we hope that Jason’s vision and work toward peace in the region remains the focus, and comes as soon as possible, as they continue to work in his absence.

We would, again, like to make it clear that Jason’s incident was in no way the result of drugs or alcohol. The preliminary diagnosis he received is called brief reactive psychosis, an acute state brought on by the extreme exhaustion, stress and dehydration. Though new to us, the doctors say this is a common experience given the great mental, emotional and physical shock his body has gone through in these last two weeks. Even for us, it’s hard to understand the sudden transition from relative anonymity to worldwide attention -both raves and ridicules, in a matter of days.

Jason will get better. He has a long way to go, but we are confident that he will make a full recovery. He is, and will remain, under hospital care for a number of weeks; and after that, the recovery process could take months before he is fully able to step back into his role with Invisible Children. During that time, we will focus not on a speedy recovery, but a thorough one.

On Jason’s behalf, keep your attention turned to the end of Africa’s longest running conflict, and setting a precedent for all future injustice.

With love and overflow of gratitude for your prayers, we thank you."

Invisible Children has drawn both acclaim and ridicule for their recent Kony 2012 campaign; the links below offer a refresher on that.

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