South African chief mate, Graeme Hillary, was involved in a scooter accident earlier in November this year in which he came off his bike in Palma de Mallorca and fractured 4 vertebra, numerous ribs and slightly punctured his lung.
10 days later he underwent major surgery to fuse 5 of is vertebra and will be in hospital for a few weeks before being released onto the long road to recovery, which could take until spring next year.
Having spent over 3 weeks in hospital and undergone open surgery on his back with no medical insurance
, this is estimated to be costly (as well as 1 day in hospital costing EUR1,700!
) and any possible contribution from anybody will be so greatly appreciated and received.
Graeme was just about to leave Mallorca for a crossing to the Caribbean on an incredible yacht, for his fourth season out there on the islands, but instead will be returning home to Cape Town as soon as he is strong enough for the long flight there.
Thank you so much to everyone who has contacted and visited Graeme since the accident, he is so so grateful for the love and support from everyone surrounding him. If only love and support could pay medical bills.