Jason Russell, the man who shot to fame earlier this month because of his “Invisible Children” viral video detailing the crimes of Joseph Kony in Africa, had a bit of a meltdown last Thursday (March 15), when he was arrested after dancing around a San Diego street naked and making lewd gestures. He was then hospitalized for what his organization called “exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition.”
Now his family has released a statement regarding his treatment:
“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.
We would, again, like to make it clear that Jason’s incident was in no
way the result of drugs or alcohol in his body. The preliminary
diagnosis he received is called brief reactive psychosis, an acute state brought on by 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.
Because of how personal the film is, many of the attacks against it were also very personal and Jason took them very hard. Jason has dedicated his adult life to this cause, leading to the [Kony 2012 video]. We thought a few thousand people would see the film, but in less than a week, millions of people around the world saw it.
On our end, the focus remains only on his health, and protecting our family. We’ll take care of Jason, you take care of the work. The message of the film remains the same: Stop at nothing.
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.”