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Yao needs our help!

$11,290 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 119 people in 7 months
Created January 16, 2018
Friend, father, husband, teacher, master musician and long-time drummer for the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble, Yao Dinizulu, recently experienced what every touring musician dreads...a major medical emergency while on tour overseas.  

Several years ago, Yao experienced a stroke due to his ongoing battle with high blood pressure.  A change in his medications caused his blood pressure to spiral out of control and caused a stroke.  Yao has courageously battled back from this potentially devestating medical emergency to return to teaching, playing drums and touring with NYSJE with much success! 

While on the most recent European tour with NYSJE, Yao became suddenly and violently ill.  He had to be admitted to the ICU at a hospital in Bern Switzerland mid-tour (December 27th), where he currently remains.  It was discovered upon his admission to the hospital that he was battling a kidney infection, has severe kidney damage from the years of battling high blood pressure and is in the early stages of kidney failure which has caused his overall blood volume to decrease to half normal level!.  In addition, he has an infection of his large intestine caused by a combination of bacteria (pseudomonas) and a fungus that they have yet to identify.  He has been on antibiotics to fight the infections and will need to continue the antibiotic treatments once he returns to the USA.  He has recieved dialysis multiple times during his hospital stay and is very slowly recovering his strenghth.  It is hopeful that he will be stable and strong enough to travel back to the USA soon, but the doctors have no firm answer about when he will be able to do that.

It is unclear how much, if any, of his overseas medical expenses will be covered by his USA insursance company. The medical costs of a week in ICU, multiple dialysis treatments, medications, endless tests and several weeks in the Nephrology wing under constant care and observation are understandably astronomical!  Add the extra costs of international flights for his wife to be at his side to help him through this medical ordeal, lost wages for both Yao and his wife, childcare for their two sons while Yao is recovering in the hospital overseas and when he returns home, the future medical costs that he will incur during his battle with kidney disease, ongoing dialysis and potentially a future kidney transplant, and he and his family are looking at staggering bills!

Please consider donating anything you can to help Yao recover both physically and financially from this ordeal so that he can return to his wife, two young sons, family, job as a school teacher and hopefully, in time, to where anyone who has seen him perform knows he belongs...playing his drums.
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YAO IS HOME!!!! Yao has returned home from Switzerland to D.C.!!! A huge thank you to the doctors in Bern, Switzerland that took such good care of him. He will now be under the care of his doctors at home in the USA. He will continue his rehab and recovery and is receiving regular dialysis treatments 3 days a week. It's a long road ahead but he's traveling it with your help! The final hospital bill total from Switzerland is still to be seen, but it was already very high several weeks ago. Travel home from Switzerland was also very expensive given Yao's medical condition eliminating the option for a "coach" ticket and the last-minute nature of his hospital release and travel plans. Please keep sharing his GoFundMe page as the financial need is still great. Thank you all for your generous donations and messages of support you've been sending his way!
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Wow! Just over a week and you all have generously donated a total of $10,600 for Yao and his family!!! I can't express how amazing it is to see the love and support you are all sending his way! My email is literally blowing up every day with notifications of yet another generous donation and expression of love and support for Yao and his loved ones. Thank you all so much for bringing this campaign this far! We still have a long way to go though...so please keep sharing the link and spreading the word! I hope to have an update on Yao's condition to share with you all soon.
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Thank you all for your generous donations, healing thoughts/prayers and for spreading the word about Yao and his family's urgent need! It's beautiful to see so many people loving and supporting him and his family. Peace and blessings to you all!
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I have made Yao the official direct beneficiary, meaning that he, and he alone, will be able to access all your donations directly from GoFundMe whenever he needs them. This will ensure that he has direct access to all your generous donations. Thank you all for your support! I will continue to update this GoFundMe campaign and help coordinate the fundraising for him as he recovers. Please spread the word far and wide!
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$11,290 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 119 people in 7 months
Created January 16, 2018
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