Eduardo's Medical Emergency Fund

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Raised by 1,436 people in 14 months

Eduardo "Taco" Keane, a 2015 graduate of Brandeis University, went on a family vacation to Thailand in mid-June after visiting his sister in Singapore. While climbing in Thailand, a misstep caused him to fall, resulting in a skull fracture, multiple bodily injuries, and, ultimately, a coma.  

Eduardo has always been a person dedicated to others. He is a caring friend who goes above and beyond to listen and be present when his friends are in need. His passion in progressing the medical field and helping others in any way can be felt by anyone he meets. He volunteered to help raise money for cancer as a leader of Relay for Life at Brandeis University, and took the time to teach his struggling friends about chemistry. Regardless of his own personal schedule, Eduardo will always make time to support a friend in need.

Eduardo always looks to expand his community, and was a key student ambassador in the Brandeis University office of admissions, constantly leading tours and information sessions for prospective students.  His yearning to help his community did not stop there as he became a key instructor for onboarding new admission volunteers, and ultimately a team coordinator for the department, eager to spread to others the love, attention and resources that Brandeis had given him.

 After graduating, Eduardo secured a job that would help him continue to better others' lives by helping to optimize communication between healthcare providers through technology. 

In all these ways, Eduardo has touched and continues to touch the lives of so many in countless ways. We only hope that we have the opportunity to help him in this time of need, as he has for so many before.

Eduardo is currently being treated for his condition in Miami, FL.  Any generous donations will be used to assist his family pay for his significant medical expenses that will be paid out of pocket.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your generous support and prayer.  We will update this page with his story as it progresses.

Please see some links to local news outlets  that have covered Eduardo's story, as well as several other articles about Eduardo and his acheivements below:


http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/American-tourist-badly-injured-rock-climbing-fall/66728?desktopversion=

http://www.thephuketnews.com/american-tourist-in-icu-after-climbing-fall-east-of-phuket-62767.php#SKow8QgjZqu2I6bP.97


https://www.brandeis.edu/bnc/who-we-are/student-ambassadors.html  (See "Impact" section on lower right)

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Hi all!

In the last few weeks Eduardo has been working really hard to get better! Recently during his physical therapy we watched him shake his head no when the therapist asked him to. It was pretty incredible to watch how hard he has worked and see his progress slowly coming.

Now more than ever our family needs your support. The incredible caregiver we had unfortunately will not be working after a few weeks so we are looking for anyone interested in helping full time. Please pass along any information you have whether its a friend of a friend or even just an agency. Having a caregiver live in has made all the difference for our family in being able to provide the best care possible for Eduardo. Please email me with any caregiving information. [pearlkea@usc.edu]

We truly believe he will continue to get better we just need to keep up the incredible support.

With love,
The Keane Family
Eduardo during physical therapy
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Hi all!

I just wanted to send out some more photos of Eduardo. These were taken at his physical therapy he is on a standing table. The standing table helps stretch his muscles and remember what it's like to stand. They are hopeful this will continue help with his journey to gaining more consciousness.

Also, as treatment for brain injuries does take months/years at times we ask those who have donated and those who haven't to think about maybe donating on a monthly basis! Maybe $10 a month or whatever feels right but making this a recurring payment would really help with our ongoing costs.

If you're interested in sending videos to Eduardo please email them to pearlkea@usc.edu! (Doctors say voices from friends and familiar faces are very important in brain injury recovery!)

With love,
The Keane Family

#EDUARDOstrong
Eduardo at Physical Therapy
Eduardo and Mom (Eliane)
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Here is another update on Eduardo. After one month at the West Gables Rehabilitation Hospital, Eduardo has started to show more signs of improvement. His nurses and physical therapists have begun to see the first signs of reaction to commands which in the world of traumatic brain injury is huge. They have watched him frequently lift a thumb up or a thumbs down to different questions that are asked!
 
Today he will check out of rehabilitation center but they have accepted to take him three times a week as an out patient. This is incredible and very rare. The doctors and people working with Eduardo still have hope and so do we. We were able to hire a full time caregiver to join Eduardo's dad, Jon, in the daunting task of home care for someone emerging from a minimally conscious state. Home care is both expensive and difficult. We are eternally hopeful for his recovery and are so thankful for our community.
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Hi everyone,

Please read the update from Eduardo's family:

Hi guys!

On February 9th Eduardo was admitted into the West Gables Rehabilitation Center run by one of the top neurologists in the country. We are ecstatic that Dr. Kester Nedd thinks there is still hope for Eduardo.

But, we have been battling coverage with our insurance. We had to pay upfront the entire cost of $77,000! Thanks to YOUR support with the gofundme campaign, we were able to make this happen and move Eduardo forward. Thank you!

Eduardo needs much more rehabilitation, - perhaps as much as several years. We have been hit by a reality check of what the long term costs will really look like.

We must re open the gofundme campaign and raise our goal to $200,000.

Time is of the essence with eduardo. In order for eduardo to emerge he needs rehabilitation TO CONTINUE and we need to be able to support him.

Please continue to share and donate whatever you can.
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