Eduardo's Medical Emergency Fund
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 Thailand in a hospital without the resources to provide him the care he not only needs, but deserves. 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:
https://www.brandeis.edu/bnc/who-we-are/student-ambassadors.html (See "Impact" section on lower right)
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.
Please read the update from Eduardo's family:
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.
We wanted to give you a quick update on Eduardo. As you may remember, after his fall, his brain started swelling. Relieving the increased pressure necessitated a craniectomy, a procedure where part of the skull is removed.
Recently, Eduardo had a cranioplasty, which repaired the defect in his skull. This is a significant milestone for him. He still has a long way to go, but his fight and will to recover is inspiring and serves as a testament to the type of person he is.
As his family and friends, we hope that you will continue to support him just as he may have done for you. Please continue to send videos of yourself saying hi, telling him about your day, and anything in between to Pearl (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for all that you have done and
With much love,
Ethan, Eli, Cameron, and Gen
We wanted to send you an update about Eduardo’s progress. Everyday he continues to improve, but he still has a long journey ahead of him. He was recently transferred to a neurological rehabilitation facility to help him regain his cognitive function.
Eduardo and his family are focused on his recovery, and you can help. Sending voice messages to Pearl (email@example.com) will stimulate his brain activity and have been documented to expedite recovery. For Eduardo, please consider sending them to Pearl, and if you do not feel comfortable, please continue to think of him and send positive thoughts.
Wishing you all the best,
Ethan, Gen, Eli, and Cameron