Help Juan Esteban keep dreaming!


Juan Esteban is 30 years old and he came to Australia from Medellín, Colombia. As many Australian migrants, he came with a suitcase full of dreams and goals to study English  so he could apply for better employment in the field of engineering. 

After only 3 months of living in Australia, Juan Esteban suffered a major accident on his bicycle while working as a delivery man. Resulting from the accident, he was diagnosed with knee inflammation, stomach wounds, and  severe internal bleeding. Due to the seriousness of his injuries, Juan Esteban was immediately placed in the intensive care unit at the St. Vincent Hospital where they performed two high risk surgeries. 

Hospital staff felt that is was important to have a relative in Australia who was responsible for his situation, associated legal documents, and to have someone present in case of any complications so his immediate family made the expensive trip to Australia shortly after the accident. 

The situation has tested the courage, faith, and strength of Juan and his family. Even after the surgeries, more complications appeared and the doctors had to put him in an induced coma and back into intensive care.

Additionally, they recently discovered that Juan has a blood infection and has been scheduled to begin treatment immediately which will continue for the next two years. Juan Esteban has lost 15 kgs and is currently recovering under special care. 

All his dreams, hopes, and goals in Australia have been affected by the stress, worry, and physical disability caused by this accident. Although Juan´s medical insurance has been able to pay for some of the treatment, a large amount of the expense has not been covered due to Juan’s short residency in Australia. The uncertainty of the situation has created a great deal of financial stress for Juan´s loved ones, there are many outstanding bills, and the treatment for his blood infection needs to start as soon as possible. 

The recovery has taken more time than expected and has left him temporarily unable to participate in many activities or physical labour. In addition to this, Juan´s family has already had to apply for multiple bank loans to make the initial trip to Australia and their tourist visa was approved for only a short amount of time. They will have to return to Colombia soon but with their current financial situation, they will not be able to afford the airfare. 

Today, Juan would appreciate any financial support from the broader community. If you would like to donate, you can contribute directly through his bank or through this web page. 

If you want to ask any questions or send him some love, you can send an email to [email redacted] 

On behalf of Juan and his family, thank you very much for your support!!!
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Juan Esteban, es un jóven de 30 años que vino de la ciudad de Medellín en Colombia. Como muchos migrantes en Australia, él viajo con muchos metas y sueños por cumplir; entre ellos, el de estudiar inglés para abrirse nuevas oportunidades en su campo  professional de ingeniería. 

Desafortunadamente, con tan solo tres meses en Australia Juan Esteban sufrió un accidente en su bicicleta con la que trabajaba llevando domicilios. Como consecuencia de la caída se le diagnosticó una inflamación en la rodilla, una fisura en el estómago y una hemorragia interna. Debido a la grave situación, Juan Esteban fue internado por urgencias en el hospital St. Vincent donde le realizaron dos cirugías de alto riesgo

El personal del hospital consideró que era importante la presencia de un familiar en Australia que fuera responsable de la situación, documentos legales y al mismo tiempo de estar presente en caso de alguna complicación. 

Ha sido una situación que ha puesto a prueba el valor, la fe y el coraje de Juan Esteban y su familia, ya que después de las cirugías algunas complicaciones aparecieron y los medicos tuvieron que someterlo a un coma inducido e internarlo en cuidados intensivos. Adicional a esto, le fue encontrada una infección en la sangre para el cual se le ha programado un tratamiento de 2 anos. 

Juan Esteban ha perdido cerca de 15 kgs y actualmente se encuentra en la fase de recuperación con cuidados especiales. 

Todas los anhelos, sueños y metas trazadas en Australia, se han vistos afectadas por el estrés, las preocupaciones y la incapacidad física. Aunque el seguro médico de Juan ha pagado parte de los tratamientos, debido al corto tiempo que él residía en Australia, el seguro no ha pagado gran parte de los costos del hospital, esto ha generado un gran estrés financiero para su familia.

La recuperación de las cirugías han tomado mas tiempo de lo esperado, tiempo donde Juan Esteban no podrá realizar ninguna labor física. Adicionalmente, para poder viajar su familia tuvo que aplicar a multiples créditos bancarios en Colombia y su visas de turistas solo fueron aprobadas por corto tiempo por lo que tendrán que regresar pronto a su país de origen Colombia pero no cuentan con los recursos para comprar sus tiquetes aéreos de regreso. 

Hoy, Juan acude a toda la comunidad con gran esperanza de recibir una ayuda, esta sera recibida con gran aprecio. 

Si deseas donar y apoyar a la recuperación de Juan lo puedes hacer  por medio de esta página. 

Juan y su familia estan encantados de contester su preguntas al correo [email redacted]

En nombre de Juan y toda su familia, agradecemos tu apoyo!
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