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Help us bring my Dad home! (Spiney/Mike Quilliam)

$106,718 of $119,450 goal

Raised by 607 people in 22 days
Created January 31, 2019
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2/11/19 update: HE IS HOME!!! While this has been a devastating ordeal, seeing the outpouring of love and support has kept us moving forward. Thank you all eternally for your part in getting him home. We could not have done this without you. I’m going to leave this campaign open to try to help Liz pay off the loans required to finalize the travel as well as his foreign care. Please learn from us and always buy medical travel insurance with an evacuation plan! Love to you all. 

On January 15th my Dad and his loving wife Liz began what was supposed to be a 5-week vacation to South America. Celebrating Liz’s retirement and their 27th wedding anniversary, it was something they’d looked forward to for months. It was supposed to be the beginning of the rest of their lives together. They celebrated their anniversary on the night of the 18th. That is also the night our world turned upside down. My Dad woke up in the middle of the night, stood up too fast, and passed out. He hit his head hard. Because of the aspirin he was taking for his heart, the doctors tell us the damage to his brain is as severe as that of a helmet-less motorcycle crash victim. He is on life support in the ICU. Stable and infection-free. He can sometimes open his eyes and move all of his limbs. The doctors say the progress will be excruciatingly slow. Months. He is a fighter and we know he will come back to us. He has his dog tags hanging over his head.  

As grateful as we are for the excellent care he is receiving, the billing side is awful – relentless and devoid of compassion in badgering Liz to settle up in real time. Sadly, my stubborn father talked Liz out of travel insurance. We’ve already racked up a $127,000 bill after 10 days. There is not an end in sight without getting him back to the US where he will have full coverage and they both will have the support of family and friends. Though a medical evacuation flight (“air ambulance”) has a high price tag, it will be far less than the bill we’d accrue staying in Uruguay. The catch is they require the money upfront. For around $120,000 we can have a LearJet, fully equipped as an ICU room, staffed with providers, and flying at sea level, pick him up in Montevideo, Uruguay and deliver him to Lansing, MI. We really need to get him back home. Please help us raise the funds to do so.
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More good news. He’s shown a lot of progress over the past 3 days. Being the romantic that he is, he took Liz’s hand and gave her a kiss on Valentine’s Day. He’s more alert and interacting with gestures, including clear disapproval of Liz’s UM visitor badge! Yesterday he started saying some words, even an “I love you” to his sister Carol. Today he is sitting up and off the ventilator. He’ll start PT soon. We are so thrilled and attribute these advancements to being home in the best care possible. Thank you all again for making this happen!!
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I can’t think of a more appropriate day than Valentine’s Day to thank you all
for your incredible love and support. Because of your generosity and compassion, Spiney and I are back in Michigan and beginning the long process of recovery. The UMich hospital staff are brilliant, thorough, and kind. They even brought me this Valentine bear (I choose to believe he is Spartan green).

Love you all ,
Liz
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HE IS HOME!!! While this has been a devastating ordeal, seeing the outpouring of love and support has kept us moving forward. Thank you all eternally for your part in getting him home. We could not have done this without you. I’m going to leave this campaign open to try to help Liz pay off the loans required to finalize the travel as well as his foreign care. Please learn from us and always buy medical travel insurance with an evacuation plan! Love to you all.
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Here's the plane he flew home in and the amazing medical team from Trinity Air Ambulance who got him back safely!
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Raised by 607 people in 22 days
Created January 31, 2019
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