Help Save Stephanie Inglis
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Help save Stephanies life.
Stephanie Inglis, Scotlands Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth silver medalist in Judo, is currently in intensive care in a Hospital somewhere in Vietnam recieving medical care. The Hospital cares more about who is paying for the medical bills than saving her and giving her the best care they can.
Less than 48 hours ago Stephanie was being taxied on a motor bike to a school in Vietnam where she has been teaching English to underprivalidged children for the last 4 months. Somewhere along this journey her dress was caught in the wheel and she was dragged off from her seat at high speeds and recieved severe injuries to her brain.
The Hospital she was taken to should have immediatly put her into and induced coma to give her brain the best chance to recover and heal. They should have also sent her immediatly to another Hospital more specialised in dealing with head injuries and more suited to care for her... Unfortunately for the simple matter of her travel insurance having running out they decided her life is not worth saving.
Had it not been for her parents arriving when they did she would still be there without any hope of pulling through.
Stephanies parents have had to fight the doctors from turning off the life support machine, they have been told she has little chance to survive and a long recovery on the other side. Little chance is better than no chance and other people have pulled through from far worse odds. If anyone can pull through this its Stephanie.
She has been a fighter her whole life, following in her fathers footsteps and becoming an international athlete, competing for Great Britain all over the world, beating adversity, competing and winning a Silver medal in Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, fighting for her country and her dreams. Now she is fighting for her life.
Currently her medical care is costing £2000 per day, the Doctors are more concerned in explaining to her parents how much each machine costs to use and how much the medication they are giving her costs, rather than telling them how they are trying to save her and what hope she has.. Picture a person you love dearly in her shoes and you will only be touching the very tip of the iceberg with what her family are feeling right now.
For all those that have had the privilage and pleasure of being in Stephanies company you will know what a positive, kind hearted and caring person she is. And for all those that havent, just know that if you stole her last penny, she would smile at you and wish you all the best.
Help her and her family, its sad that saving a persons life is about how much money you have, but it seems that is the world we are in. Even if you cant donate send your thoughts out to her and her family and pass this message on to people you know.
Edit: I have been asked to provide more details from the fund site in regards to the legitimacy of this fund and my involvement , i have also recieved some messages from people concerned that others may be hesititant to donate incase this was an elaborate phishing scam.
My name is Khalid Gehlan, i live in Falkirk, Scotland. Stephanies dad was my first Judo coach and a mentor to me for the next 20 years of my life, he set me well on my way to becoming the person i am today and achieving what i did in my sport, so little to some but so much to me. Stephanie went to the same high school as me and travelled that dreaded A9 journey 2-3 times a week from Inverness to Edinburgh for a 2 hour session.
Stephanie has been a life long friend of mine and many others. Once you are a friend of Stephanies you are a friend for life. The last i seen her was the week before she left on her new adventure when she came to say goodbye, excited and nervous for the new chapter in her life.
All the funds recieved will go directly to Stephanies family to cover her medical costs, her stay in the hospital, the costs of any treatments or precedures they attempt, her parents are there at her side and know better than anyone else what that money will be used for. Once the hospital treating her realises the extent to which people have pulled together and the gracious donations they have put forward then hopefully the Hospital will change its attitude towards caring for her and her circumstances. I have recieved so many inspirational message from people who have had family members facing worse odds and have pulled through.
I thank you all for the donations you have given to help her and i know Stephanie would be bright red with embaressment if she could see the support she was recieving. Its was almost a game too easily won to see who could make Stephanie go red with embaressment first, something she learned to control as we got older, but the support she has been recieving would be overwhelming. And the thought of her lying there fighting for her life whilst her parents are fighting for her treatment is heartbreaking to myself and many others who have messaged over the last day. I ask for your continued support in helping Stephanie, your are all helping to save a young womans life.
Stephanie is getting stronger every day, and she will continue to get stronger everyday. Thank you all so much, every day she has ahead of her is a day she wouldn't have had without you.
I look forward to when Stephanie is fully aware of what has went on and has a chance to thank you all, what has happened is priceless.
The costs of this from start to finish has been astronomical, costs that nobody anticipated at the beginning. And the amount of donations received has been huge, its a sobering thought to know that we have barely covered Stephanies medical costs. If there are funds left once everything has been covered we will allow Stephanie to decide what to do with them. People can still donate if they wish, Stephanie will still have a long road of aftercare to get her fully recovered and everything you have given or may give will help her with that. She is strong, her strength and your help has taken her this far, her strength alone will take her the rest of the way. But the support you have provided and continue to provide has been the building blocks of that strength.
There is nothing more i can say, except thank you..
Stephanie is now in an international hospital in Bangkok, a decision was made to move her there in order to get her better treatment and better facilities. The funding money you have all donated is what got her there, without it she wouldn't have had that option. Your selfless donations also helped to cover the costs of her stay in Vietnam, the flight to Bangkok and medical costs of her stay so far have amounted to over £100,000 alone.
When Stephanie was first transferred to Bangkok it was discovered that she had multiple serious conditions effecting her wellbeing. Pneumonia that was resisting antibiotic treatment, multiple abscesses in her head, numerous infections around her body. Ironically her head injury was now the least of her concerns. Thanks to the fantastic care she has been receiving because of all you, just over 7 days on we have a completely different story to tell. Her pneumonia and other infections are now no longer life threatening and continue to show improvement every single day, she has had surgery to remove all abscesses and infections around her brain. Stephanie was fully sedated when she arrived in Bangkok, she has now had the sedation completely stopped. It seems she is starting to recover some awareness, her body is starting to make small movements, she has managed to open an eye and it seems as though she may be reacting to her parents voices. This is incredible, a girl who was written off for dead 3 weeks ago has now been given hope, her Doctors are starting to whisper that theres potential for a full recovery. Her parents are still scared to hope too much and Stephanie still has a huge journey ahead of her, but she still has a chance at life, and everyday that chance improves.
I ask that you please keep up the support, Stephanie has make huge progress from where she was. But she is still fighting with every ounce of her strength, if somebody was to be injured to the state that Stephanie is currently in they would be in a very serious state indeed. She is a million miles from where she started off, but she is just as far from being back to where she needs to be.
The gratitude her family have to you all is infinite, the people who have donated, the journalists who took up her story, the MP's fighting for her, the people who have ran fundraisers, the people who continue to run fundraisers. All i can say is Thank You, from the bottom of my heart. I didn't know where this Fundraiser would get to when i set it up, but to get to a place where Stephanie is improving every day and she has the care and facilities she needs is more than i could have ever hoped for.
For daily updates on Stephanies progress you can join the Save Steph facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SaveStephInglis/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
When i set this campaign up, it was done in a desperate attempt to help Stephanie in any way. Stephanies parents had arrived in Vietnam expecting her to have been transported the 3 hour journey from Ha Long to Hanoi in order to receive better care. Instead what they found was their Daughter, abandoned in an ambulance for 3 hours, with life threatening injuries and no care. Robert was required to sign documents upon arriving, accepting liability for any costs associated with the treatment of Stephanie before the Hospital would take any action.
Not only this, but once in Hanoi where she was meant to get the treatment she required, her parents were faced with an vertical uphill battle trying to get her the care she needed. They were told she had less than a 1% chance of surviving. They were advised more than once to turn off her life support. The Hospital it seemed, had given up before trying.
To all the people that have donated, spread the word, ran fund raisers and reached out to everyone you know crying out for support, you have given Stephanie the chance she needed, you have potentially saved her life. Once the Hospital caught wind of the campaign and the stir it had caused, the media attention it was receiving, they threw every resource they had at Stephanie. Her parents went from fighting for somebody to help her one minute, to not being able to keep up with all the people in and out her room, giving her every possible treatment and chance available the next.
Stephanie although still in a critical condition has made progress over the last 5 days, the doctors are now saying she has a 50% chance of making it through. She still has a very long way to go, a recent lung infection set her back, she is now on a 7 day antibiotic course and is being kept in a sterile room to prevent further infection. Her parents have said they are happy with the care she is now receiving, but even with that care the end outcome is still unknown.
We do not know how long she will remain in Hospital, the amount of money raised is incredible, but to put it in to perspective the cost of transporting her in an aircraft equip with the equipment she needs would cost upwards of £120,000 alone. That is why i ask you, please keep spreading the word, every single penny raised is going directly to Stephanies parents to pay for her daily care, she still needs your help. I dread to think what would have been had it not been for the time and effort you have all put in over the last few days.
Thats just leaves us with the question as to why, a girl who has been travelling her whole life, on a monthly basis from the age of 14, to compete internationally for her country, who has had the importance of having valid travel insurance drilled into her from a very young age, went to Vietnam for a set period only to have invalided her policy. Stephanies mum has informed us that Stephanie took every precaution to make sure she was adequately insured on the off chance anything untoward was to happen. Unfortunately DEBENHAM’S her policy provider deemed it fit to leave Stephanie dying with no hope and no care due to a clause hidden within their “terms and conditions”. She took an annual worldwide cover policy out with DEBENHAM’S before she left. DEBENHAM’s claim that it is “clearly” written on their policy that you can spend no longer than 31 days in any given country before the policy becomes void. An MP looking into Stephanies case investigated the matter, even with hindsight, he had to contact DEBENHAM’S to be directed to the 31 day clause. The paper work DEBENHAM’S provided Stephanie to print had no mention of this very important clause. DEBENHAM’S have now taken a no comment stance on the matter, they have donated £10,000 into the fund (the £7000 and £3000 anonymous) as a “gesture of goodwill” but refuse to acknowledge that because of their policy and refusal to honour it, the Vietnamese Hospitals had no choice but to cease treatment. I do not blame the Vietnamese Hospitals for what happened at the start of her care, we take for granted what we have with the NHS, i blame her Insurance provider. It was them that used a clause in their small print, where no person would ever read it, as an excuse to wrangle out of paying for Stephanies care and thus leaving her abandoned, alone and uncared for in that ambulance, with all her dreams fading away. The first hours were crucial, and had it not been for all of us together doing what we did, as quickly as we did it, we might have had a very different story on our hands.
We have no words to describe how overwhelmed we are. The generosity and support have left us numb. A huge thank you to this amazing young man and one of Stephanie oldest and dearest friends - Khalid Gehlan you are a star a truly inspiring young man. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Stephanie is now receiving much better care thanks for getting this page up and running. Thank you everyone who has donated no words can describe our feelings. We thought we were all on our own out here but now we feel surrounded with all the well wishes and support we've been receiving. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We would like to thank the Motherwell FC for the £10,000 donation given to help Stephanie Inglis's care and repatriation, we would also like to thank everyone else who has donated so far. The effort that everyone has given so far has given Stephanie a better chance, it is sad to say that once the hospital realised that a fund had been set-up the quality of care improve overnight, sometimes we forget how lucky we are with the NHS here, and take it for granted that if anything happens to you or your loved ones they are given the best treatment without the thought of money. We are doing everything in our power to get Stephanie home , the Foreign Office has been a tremendous help behind the scenes, with support and advice. At the moment we are waiting for a stabilisation of Stephanie's condition once we have the opportunity to move her, we have a plan in place to return Stephanie to the UK as soon as she is able to fly. Our love to all the people out there tat care....xxxxx
Hi Khalid, My close friend is the director of the general hospital in Quang Ninh, where Ha Long city is part of the province. Please let me know which hospital she is with. I have another friend who is the best neurosurgical in the country and we think we can help. What is your number in Vietnam or the number of someone I can call?
Well said Khalid, please have no doubt in the fact that this money will go to Stephanie, the Judo family in Scotland know each other & I know how close Khalid and his family are to Stephanie & hers. The Inglis play a huge part of Judo in the Highlands and have supported and inspired many young people for many years, please support if you can.
I am writing this on behalf of Robert and Alison Inglis, they have been overwhelmed by the support from everyone, who have sent kind messages and importantly raised money to contribute to the #savesteph campaign, they can not thank everyone enough, they have recieved some requests to talk to the press or record interviews, however at this time they do not feel strong enough to do so. I am in touch with them daily to get a progress report on Stephanie and as of this moment her condition remains critical and we just have to manage this day by day, they have commented that they can only focus on Stephanie at this time but please can her friends, family and the thousands of people supporting her continue to do so, it's likely to be a long struggle for Stephanie and her family so every single generous contribution they recieve is vital to aid Stephanie's recovery, Khalid Gehlan and Stacey Inglis are more than happy to give interviews or updates on Stephanie's condition, again the support for Stephanie is beyond words, but please keep fighting to help as Stephanie and her family continue the fight to recover her health.
What you will be going through now will be unimaginable to most. My wife had a car accident nearly 7 years ago and suffered severe brain injuries (she tore her brain in 3 places). We were told much the same as you and were given little hope. All I can say is always have hope, never give up and always look forwards, not backwards. My wife is now fit and well and we have two beautiful children. This is the beginning of a long long road and it will be an emotional rollercoaster. I know what you are going through but ALWAYS HAVE HOPE, never give up!!
Khalid, we are all supporting what you have done, I am Just talking to Alison and Robert now, they want to send there utmost thanks to you for everything your doing, today thanks to your efforts Stephanie has been given better treatment and care, we have known Stephanie since she was 3 years old and can't imagine that anyone would think anyone is doing this for any other reason but to help Stephanie, please believe everything your doing is helping the family and most importantly Stephanie.
Not sure of Stephanie's exact brain injuries but there are a handful of cases where high dose fish oil has been administered to patients in comas with serious brain trauma with life-saving results. JJ Virgin, a well-known fitness/nutrition expert in the US fought for it to be used on her son who had sustained serious brain trauma in a car accident and was in a coma. He was expected at best to never wake up. Now walking/talking/well on the road to a remarkable recovery. More info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlsK9OSBqh4 (CNN news) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJksStaJsyo (Dr Mercola) Her advice: "Never take that first opinion as fact." She had to fight tooth and nail to get the doctors to try it. The CNN video quotes the doctors/hospital that initially tried the high dose fish oil approach. Best of luck - keep fighting for her. xxxx
hi my names sandy jack with the help of my freind steven macmornine we are holding a charity all day soul event from 4pm to 1 am in aid of save stephanie fund, the venue is blackburn masonic club blackburn west lothian,addmission is 7 pounds at door n djs will play soul funk disco modern soul soulfull house 60s r n b ska n mod,everyone is welcome and all proceeds will go to your fund thank you sandy
I am so glad you are finally able to travel back to the uk. I can't begin to imagine what you or your family are going through. You are such a brave fighter. Never doubted you being able to win this fight Your such an inspiration. Loved working with you back in the day. We've had a charity tub sitting at the end of the tills so I'm hoping our little contributions helps too. Keep up the amazing effort Steph. #savesteph