Justice for Harley and his family

My name is Arielle and I am writing this on behalf of my dearest friends: Carmina, Will and their father Harley, who I have known since I was 4 years old and are truly like family to me.

On Thursday the 1st of March 2018 our dear friend Harley Gale suffered a heart attack secondary to drowning whilst he was supposed to be under the 24-hour supervision in a full time care facility in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Harley suffers from severe Parkinson’s disease and had moved into the nursing home early last year, in the hope to have the highest quality of life that his finances and physical condition allowed.

Upon being found, Harley was taken to Bangkok Hospital where he was resuscitated, but not before a lack of oxygen to the brain had caused irreversible damage and left him in a deep coma/brain death. Harley is being kept alive in the Intensive Care Unit at Bangkok Hospital on life support, even though his legal documents state that his wishes are not to be resuscitated or kept on any type of life support.

Harley’s children Carmina and Will have always supported Harley’s wishes and do not want their farther to suffer another moment. However, under Thailand laws, the hospital says it cannot allow Carmina and Will to turn off Harley’s life support (a right they would have in their home country Australia) and fulfill their father’s wishes to die peacefully, instead his body is being kept alive against his and his family’s wishes.

Carmina and Will are desperate to take their father home to Australia so his final wishes can be fulfilled, but the hospital fees are currently over $45,000 (and climbing thousands per day) and Carmina and Will are unable to pay.

We are praying that Harley can be stabilised so he can be moved out of ICU into a less expensive hospital, Better yet brought home to die peacefully as he wished. In the meantime this traumatic situation has left Carmina and Will with no choice but to stay in Thailand, and seek legal aid so the care facility (that was supposed to be supervising Harley that fateful night) is held accountable and made to pay for Harley’s medical fees.

If you are reading this, we would very much appreciate it if you could please take the time to share Harley’s cause with as many people as possible. And if you can make a donation towards Harley’s cause, no matter how small, we thank you deeply for your compassion and generosity.

All donations will go directly towards legal aid
and towards supporting Carmina and Will with basic food and accommodation needs whilst they and their father are stuck in Thailand. They need $15,000 to start the legal process and keep them in immediate living costs but we are aiming for $40,000 to cover the coming weeks/months and to ensure they have a place to come home to.

May all our prayers, love and light surround those that are suffering in this world.
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Arielle Simons 
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