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State Bar of Georgia Honors Jessica Powell for Courage and Strength

July 16, 2013
Contact: Sarah I. Coole or

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – Jessica Powell of Camilla, daughter of state Rep. Jay Powell, a member of the State Bar of Georgia, was honored with a resolution presented by the State Bar during its Annual Meeting on June 21.

State Bar President Robin Frazer Clark said the presentation was to honor Jessica Powell “for the extraordinary courage and strength she has displayed” in the months of receovery since her bout with Addison’s disease last March. A stomach virus combined with her Addison’s condition, which occurs when the adrenal glands to not produce enough hormones, caused Jessica to go into an Addisonian Crisis and into cardiac arrest.

By the time she was stabilized at a Camilla hospital, she had suffered multiple organ failure and, due to a lack of blood flow, lost both of her legs. She was hospitalized for 56 days before her release on May 2.

“Jessica has earned the admiration and respect of all who have become aware of her triumph over this medical ordeal and ongoing recovery,” Clark added. “Rep. Powell’s fellow members of the State Bar of Georgia continue to offer our support and prayers for Jessica and her entire family during her recovery in the months ahead.”


The State Bar of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton, was established in 1964 by Georgia’s Supreme Court as the successor to the voluntary Georgia Bar Association, founded in 1884. All lawyers licensed to practice in Georgia belong to the State Bar. Its more than 45,000 members work together to strengthen the constitutional promise of justice for all, promote principles of duty and public service among Georgia’s lawyers, and administer a strict code of legal ethics.