Anthony Brattoli Medical Costs

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Anthony, a 2015 graduate of Lincoln Way North High School, from Tinley Park, IL,  was a double English and Slavic Studies (Russian) concentrator at Brown University in Providence, RI, and would have been starting his fourth (and final year) there in September. He had just finished a semester abroad at Trinity College in Dublin. For the summer, he was working in Prague at an international law firm translating legal documents from Russian into English and teaching the receptionists English. 

Anthony played tuba in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra for three years and the National Youth Orchestra in 2015, traveling to China. He also played at the State Department in Washington for Joe Biden, John Kerry, and the president of China. He was a finalist in the President's Own Concerto Competition in 2015. At Brown, he played in the orchestra and won the university’s concerto competition in 2017.  Here is his performance of the concerto

On June 20, 2018, Anthony suffered a brain hemorrhage brought on by an AVM (arteriovenous malformation) in his brain. He did not know he had this AVM, and there was nothing he did wrong. He just collapsed. 

He was rushed to the Prague Military Hospital where emergency brain surgery was performed. Though the bleeding was controlled, the damage was significant. He has been in a coma and now vegetative state ever since the surgery with a very poor prognosis due to the significant brain damage from what the Czech doctors call a "disaster" of bleeding in his brain. This hospital in Prague is an excellent hospital and has provided him with the best care possible. Unfortunately, the bleeding in his brain was so significant that they are limited in what they can do for him. 

I have been in Prague since Anthony became ill and will remain here until he is able to fly home. His brother Nick also came for a brief visit. We are working to arrange an air ambulance flight home. We are fortunate that he was still covered under Brown's study abroad insurance, so the repatriation costs will be paid by Brown and its insurance company.

However, we are still required to pay $10,000 medical expenses not covered by my health insurance. We have also incurred significant expenses including, but not limited to, the last minute flight I had to take ($3600), accommodations ($2000 and increasing the longer I am here), transportation within Prague, cell phone in Prague ($250 so far but increasing daily), meals in Prague for me, and more.

Once he is back in the U.S., we will have to pay some rent expenses to his roommate in Providence who is now left holding a lease on his own ($520 per month) and costs to get his personal belongings including two tubas back from Providence. There will also be long term medical expenses for the remainder of his life, however long that ends up being.
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I remain overwhelmed by the kind generosity of so many people.

The air ambulance team brought Anthony to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on July 14. I arrived home on a commercial flight that night.

He is being evaluated and treated by the medical team in Chicago where he is receiving the best care possible. We will meet with them again today after they have results of some additional testing they were doing last night and this morning. So far, everything they have told us confirms what the doctors in Prague said. There will be no good outcome for my boy, so I can only hope that he knows he is loved and that he can find peace.

If you haven't done so yet, please watch his tuba concerto performance from Brown University last year so that you can see him as I want to remember him.
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Thank you for the help. I am moved by the kindness and generosity of everyone.

Late last night Prague time, I received word that the private air ambulance has been activated, and it looks like Anthony will be flown home sometime Saturday and transferred to Northwestern Hospital in Chicago on Saturday afternoon or evening (Chicago time).

At first, they offered me a seat on the plane with him, but early this morning, I received word that due to weight limitations on the aircraft because of the equipment they will need for his care, I will not be able to travel with him on the ambulance flight. I will fly home separately on a regular commercial flight, but I don't yet know when that will be. I am waiting for details on his flight schedule. I am required to be at the hospital in Prague when they discharge him, so I won't leave here until after he does.
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