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

$107,358 of $119,450 goal

Raised by 612 people in 6 months
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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Thanks to all of you, Spiney celebrated his 74th birthday yesterday, going out to dinner just 4 months after our world turned upside down. Now it’s turning right side up again! If you hadn’t helped us get him back to Michigan, who knows what would be happening now. But we don’t have to think about that alternate reality. Because of your generosity and support, son Brett and I got to celebrate another birthday with him (thanks for dinner, daughter Tasha in WI). We love you all and can’t express our gratitude enough.
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Time for another update because we have exciting news: he’s being discharged HOME tomorrow! After a couple months of progress that sometimes looked like two steps forward, one step back, my Dad has taken a giant leap forward and already surpassed the goals they would have had for him at a Sub Acute Rehab facility. So he’s going straight home instead! His progress over the past three weeks has been nothing short of remarkable.

He still needs round the clock attention, so Liz will have her hands full. But with the support their network has continued to show, we know she won’t be alone. If you live nearby and want to visit or help, please join the care community that Liz and Brett are using: https://my.lotsahelpinghands.com/community/spineys-guardian-angels


There are never enough words to express the gratitude we feel to you all every day. Thank you for getting my Dad home to Michigan and now all the way home. There is no doubt in my mind he would not have seen this kind of recovery had he stayed in Uruguay. Your kindness and generosity saved my father’s life and we are forever grateful to all of you.
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One month back in Michigan! My Dad has steadily made progress, enough to check out of the ICU and head over to the Rehab unit where they're working him hard. He's getting help from all sorts of therapists to get his activities of daily life back on track, including things like eating, dressing himself, and walking. He's also working to rebuild his cognitive functions. He sometimes recognizes people, can read and write, and shows lots of signs of his old belligerent personality. It's been incredible to see the progress he's made in just a month and the quality of care he's receiving at UM. We are still so humbled by this entire experience.

One small note as it's come up fairly often: the hospital workers have requested that we limit the number and duration of visitors as too much interaction can tire, confuse, or agitate him. Feel free to reach out to Liz or me, but don’t be surprised if we ask you to wait a little longer. You'll just get an even better version of him as he continues to improve!
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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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