This is a short version of a long story, the full story is below. My dad, Glen Zorn is a Buddhist monk living in a temple in Thailand. He was diagnosed with an extremely life threatening abdominal aortic aneurysm two months ago, and had a successful surgery about a month ago.
As a monk all health care is paid for by the temple the monk lives at, because monks can't have money or health insurance.
Well, my dad's temple decided not to pay for his surgery, after it was done. So now he needs to pay the bill himself, and without having a any money, I, his daughter have to pay the bill (or he goes to jail for non payment). I don't have enough money to pay the bill, so I'm looking for options like Go Fund Me.
Any amount helps! Thank you!!
Here's the full details:
My name is Hannah and my dad Glen Zorn is a Buddhist monk living in a temple in Thailand. He has been a Buddhist for over 40 years, and last year he gave away all his possessions and money, and became a monk (monk's don't own things or have money).
On August 8th, 2015 Glen went for a quick trip to a hospital for a weird looking and painful foot. The doctor admitted him to the hospital that day because it turns out it was a severe infection.
So he didn't go back home to the temple that day 2 months ago, and he hasn't been back yet since.
While hospitalized Glen was diagnosed with the cause of the foot infection, a very large abdominal aortic aneurysm. It was very lucky that the aneurysm was caught before it ruptured, because many are not, and this type cause almost instant death if they rupture.
Once he was diagnosed he was transferred 2 hours by ambulance to Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok and put on complete bed rest, not even able to bend at the waist. There was a big risk of an aneurysm the size of his rupturing even while sitting still, but any movement added to it.
Before his transfer he asked about the cost of the surgery to treat the aneurysm and was told it would be free or very little cost because he is a Buddhist monk, and monks are treated for free in Thai public hospitals. He asked repeatedly if there would be any cost while he waited for his surgery, and every time was told there would be none, or very little (they actually gasped when he asked if a couple thousand dollars would count as very little money, then they said it would not be nearly that much, if anything).
I (his only daughter and only real family) got a cheap plane ticket to Bangkok, and an inexpensive motel and arrived in Bangkok on Aug. 25th, to be able to be there to care for him after his surgery. I'm not working right now, so no need to take off from work.
He had his surgery on August 31st and it was a complete success (!!), the surgery itself was very risky, but it was a perfect surgery.
Two days after the surgery the financial department came to speak to me, and took me away from my dad. They told me his bill was over $16,000 and asked me to pay it. I told them all about the multiple times we were told it would be free because he's a monk, ect., and that I didn't have that much money.
It's a very long story after that, but we were told many more times that it was actually free and the bill was a mistake, and then billed again for even more money. The final bill was almost $20,000.
I've tried going to the U.S. Embassy, talking to lawyers, and everything else I could think of. He has also been threatened with deportation, jail time, and being thrown out of being a monk unless the total amount is paid before he is released from the hospital.
We have negotiated with the hospital and gotten the bill down from $20,000, but I am the one ending up responsible to keep my dad out of Thai jail by paying the bill. I don't have enough money to pay the bill, and I'm quickly running out of money to stay here (even though living costs are low), but staying is required to deal with the hospital.
My dad is still hospitalized and on top everything else, he has developed a blood infection and is on IV antibiotics. He cannot be discharged from the hospital until that is cured, and until the bill is paid (or he goes to jail).
Before my dad became a monk his temple promised that his living expenses and all medical care costs would be paid for by them, because that is standard for all Buddhists monks (they can't pay for things because they have no money). He was also told that monks cannot have insurance because it counts as a debt, which is not allowed (even if they find a way to pay for it). The temple paid for some costs of his initial diagnoses, but have completely abandoned him now, and won't help pay any more.
My dad planned on being a monk the rest of his life, and is devoting his life to the happiness of others. Please help him, and me, pay for these unforeseen medical costs in any way you can, and any amount helps.
Any amount over the $7,000 we hope to raise will go to the almost 100% use charity Buddist Global Relief, who provide food and support to poor people in the U.S. and around the world, without proselytizing, and helps impoverished people to help themselves.
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