Kony 2012 Founder to Remain Hospitalized, Possibly for Months

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Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell, the star of two infamous videos — Kony 2012 and his subsequent, very public naked meltdown — is allegedly suffering from "reactive psychosis" and will remain in the hospital for several weeks. Here's the latest statement from his wife, Danica:

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.

"The mission continues," according to Invisible Children's blog, which asks visitors to "stay tuned as we prepare to unveil the new plans for Cover the Night" on April 20th. We wish Russell a speedy recovery — but we also hope his personal struggles don't draw attention away from the gaps in his nonprofit's ineffective strategy.


Image via Invisible Children/Shutterstock.



I'm sorry, but I really don't buy this. Extreme stress and exhaustion? Please. That can make people behave differently than they normally would, but I find it much more likely he took the money gleaned from all the hipster Facebook activists and went on a cocaine bender.