My name is Christopher Bryant (working name Christopher Bangs) and I used to be a lighting designer. Today, half of my body is paralyzed due to medical malpractice. In between, i died twice.
On September 9th, 2011 while on a European tour as a lighting designer, one morning while preparing for load in, I slipped and hit my neck. It did momentarily knock me out but i was just trying to keep going. Shortly after load in, i was taken to hospital.
At the hospital, i was kept lying around for several hours after which I received a cursory evaluation with x-rays and a cat scan but I was released with the diagnosis of supposed severed nerves. Had I received an MRI followed by administration of a simple anticoagulant, they would have saved me from the stroke which changed my life.
That was negligence that no one took responsibility for. Since that day, I have not stopped claiming justice for my case.
On my return to America, my function was deteriorating. I died twice in the hospital and woke up paralyzed. I was scared, confused and in denial of what had happened to me.
I left the hospital some weeks later in a wheel chair. A mode of transport I was told that I would stay in for the remainder of my life.
On my own, and assuming all costs, I went from wheel chair to walker, to cane in a matter of months and developed my own curriculum involving metronome therapy, hydrotherapy and F.E.S. (Functional Electrical Therapy). I had lost all learned stimuli in the cells of my brain controlling the left side of my body but i am still fighting!
Over the last six years, my search for appropriate treatment and justice through the European courts has been devastating for me. However, i am determined to rebuild my body function and to seek compensation for my losses.
After many years of research I have finally found a treatment that can restore my function and enable me to work again and live a healthy rewarding life. However, I won´t be able to get this treatment without help.
The ongoing search for justice, added to the very high cost of the treatment,have placed me in a very complicated situation. I do not have medical insurance, I have not been able to work for years and I am living with the help of friends.
That is why I decided to launch this campaign in GoFundMe. I believe in the nobility of the of the human being, demonstarted by all the friends that have helped me through all the years of suffering. I now trust that, with some more help from all of you, I will be able to recover my life again and look forward to the future.
It is my pledge that any money donated to me so that I can fight for my life back, I will in turn, match and donate that figure to MusicCares. I will do this when I have received justice and compensation under EU law so that this wonderful charity can continue to work with people in the music industry that have fallen on hard times.
If you want to know more about me, below you have my Facebook and Tumbler page
My work: http://bangslights.tumblr.com
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