Samy was hospitalized in two different hospitals in the Dallas (Texas) area, for a total of six weeks. The doctors identified that he was experiencing excess pressure in his spine and eyes. Over the course of his hospitalization, Samy underwent medical scans, eye surgery, extensive blood testing, seven lumbar punctures (spinal taps), and a variety of other medical treatments. At this time, the doctors still cannot definitively say how much, if any, of Samy’s eyesight will return.
What does this mean for Samy’s future?
Samy is a scientist who depends on his eye sight for work; unfortunately, due to his vision loss, Samy has been unable to work since the middle of April and does not know when or if he will be able to return; however, he still has bills that are progressively adding up. The cost of his hospital bills alone amount to over $830,000 (none of which we are certain will be covered by insurance), but there are also the expenses of his phone bill, follow up care, assistive technology, etc. Because the future of his eyesight is unknown, Samy must consider what the future will bring: living with blindness, a change in career/employment, and a host of other challenges that vision loss creates. This is a time of great change and immense challenge for Samy. We trust that he will be able to overcome this hardship, but he needs support from everyone in his dance community, his family, and his friends to do so.
How can I help?
You can help Samy by contributing to this fund to help offset the cost of living, and to help pay some of his hospital bills. Every contribution is needed and appreciated.
If you’ve met Samy, then you know the impact that he makes on those around him. He is a trailblazer: teaching Kizomba classes, creating Kizomba boat rides and festivals, and being supportive of the dance community in general. Even if you aren’t a dancer, chances are that you’ve felt the love and generosity he shares with all the people he meets.
In his personal life he is a role model and benefactor, helping people in need. He is funny, kind, encouraging, generous, intelligent, positive, and loves to share his knowledge and insight with those around him. Recently, in response to his current condition, he said, “there will be challenges in life, but you can’t sit back. You have to keep going.” This is a time when we can all come together to help our friend “keep going” during his time of greatest need.
Samy needs YOU
To help Samy cover some of the costs of living and a portion of his hospital bills, you can contribute through the link below. Please direct any communication, including questions, concerns, and well wishes, to [email redacted].
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