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Help Elroy and Nancy with Medical Costs

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On Christmas Eve 2018, Elroy Pankratz had a major stroke while visiting his family in Oregon. He was transported via ambulance to St  Anthony's hospital in Pendleton, Oregon. There it was determined the severity of his case required a neurological surgeon, which in turn necessitated a 200-mile emergency flight to Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Upon arrival, he immediately underwent surgery in the early hours of Christmas morning to remove a blood clot in his brain.

As a Canadian citizen, Elroy is ordinarily covered by his nation's health insurance. Unfortunately, that likely will not cover any expenses out of the country. Regardless, between an ambulance ride, emergency flight, care at two hospitals, and emergency surgery Christmas morning, the costs are going to be tremendous.

Elroy and Nancy have given their lives to helping others and have touched many lives in amazing and powerful ways. For example, Elroy and Nancy were once missionaries to remote first nations in BC Canada, have made numerous foreign aid and missions trips all over the world, and have relentlessly cared for family members in need. We're estimating more than $100,000 US (~$140k Canadian) in medical expenses and it could be much more. We're asking those whose lives Elroy has touched to help us reach a goal for a portion of the costs. Please consider giving to help Elroy and Nancy pay for this expense. Please pray for our family during this difficult time.

Love,
Elroy's Family
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Thank you so much for your prayers for Elroy! His speech and swallowing have improved, and the dietitian has decreased his tube feed to allow for pureed foods at each meal. Cognitive skills are getting better, but please pray for continued improvement. We had a huge financial miracle last week - another hospital forgave Elroy's bill! We are now able to focus on paying the remaining medical bills. We were so excited to bring Elroy home from the hospital, but it became apparent this past week that we cannot continue to care for him at home. His name will be placed on a waiting list for long-term care. Please pray that a room will become available at Trinity, a facility within walking distance from Elroy and Nancy's house. And please pray for feeling and movement to return to Elroy's left side. We are so very grateful for your prayers and financial support!
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Update: Elroy is home from the hospital! It's so nice for him to be home, feeding the cat, listening to Christian music, and watching sports on TV. Speaking and swallowing have improved, but he is still paralyzed on his left side and is being fed through a stomach tube. Please pray that his mind will be clear, as he is not completely aware of his surroundings. We are so very grateful for everyone's prayers and support!
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Thanks to your generosity, we have begun paying Elroy's medical bills! The money is being transferred into a savings account, and then Myrna is withdrawing it as she makes payments. At this time we have not received bills from all the providers, so we are setting up monthly payment plans for the ones we have received. Yesterday we were told that one of the hospitals totally forgave Elroy's bill! We are so very grateful. Thank you all so much for your support!
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It will soon be time for a new chapter in Elroy's recovery - he will be going home! At this point in time Elroy is not able to progress any farther in physio (physical therapy), so he will not be able to go to the hospital rehab floor. Instead, he will continue his recovery in the comfort of his own home. This won't happen for another 2 to 3 weeks, as he will need to have a feeding tube peg inserted in his stomache. This will be much more comfortable than the feeding tube he currently has in his nose. Interior Health will provide a hospital bed along with much of the needed equipment. Home Health nurses will come several times a day to help with his care. Please pray that all goes well with this transition! We are eager for Elroy to be able to watch hockey games in his own living room with the cat on his lap. Thank you so much for your prayers and continued support!
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