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Help For Devah Ng

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Raised by 273 people in 24 days
Created December 28, 2018
On Boxing Day, my brother Devah Ng was involved in a car accident in Japan. The accident left one dead and two injured. One of the injured was my brother. He was on holiday with his best friends and their car was in a head-on collision with a heavy vehicle coming out of nowhere in the opposite direction. But the holiday went horribly wrong. Devah sustained serious abdominal injuries and currently still in an intensive care of a local Japanese hospital. Unfortunately his best friend died shortly after the accident; his other friend survived but sustained a fractured arm. The driver of the heavy vehicle did not sustain serious injuries. All families of parties involved were devastated upon receiving the news. At this stage Devah is too sick to be transferred back to Singapore (where he lives), but when he eventually gets home he will continue treatment in a Singapore hospital. Because of the injuries it is a long road to recovery. He might be without or with very limited income support for a while, perhaps months. During this time he needs help with out of pocket medical expenses, his rehabilitation, as well as his own bills to pay. Please help him get through this difficult time. Please help spread the fundraiser to as many goodwilled people as possible!  Any questions feel free to direct to me (his sister) or Dharni (his brother). Thank you!
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Update 11
Posted by Devi Ng
3 days ago
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On Friday, our brother Devah was transferred from Kurume University Hospital, Fukuoka, to Singapore General Hospital via the cheaper repatriation option - commercial flight. Doctors have deemed him safe enough for discharge and the transfer was carefully planned between the two hospitals. He was flown on special business class seats accompanied by my mum and an SGH nurse escort, who was flown into Fukuoka the night before specially to receive the patient and ensure the safe transfer during flight. Upon arrival at Singapore airport he was received by the local ambulance and transported to SGH. We were glad the entire journey was uneventful. We are also thankful towards the medical team in Fukuoka who saved his life and had nursed him to health in the past month. Although he is still weak, this transfer back to home country is a big step towards his recovery. He will continue his rehabilitation at SGH. We are also glad that the funds raised in this campaign are now available to support him in a timely manner while he remains out of work - Dharni and I would like to thank all donors and supporters for making this happen for our brother. Thanks again, for all your hearts of gold! In the meantime, watch this space for further updates.
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Update 10
Posted by Devi Ng
8 days ago
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Almost 3 weeks after the accident, our brother is making progress. He can have fluids and his oral intake is improving. This is a typical hospital meal served to patients of the university hospital. However he can only tolerate a little porridge with a bit of everything. That's a good result considering his guts were damaged and partially removed. Shortly his care will be transferred to Singapore General Hospital. So doctors are working with the insurance company to see how best they could ensure a safe transfer and in most cost effective way. Still so many questions. More updates will come. Thanks to all donors who have supported our brother in his journey to recovery. We will be keeping all posted.
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Update 9
Posted by Devi Ng
15 days ago
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This is my brother Devah, 12 days post surgery. While he's still very weak, he wants to give us his two thumbs up, a gesture thanking all donors and supporters for their help. Good news is he can now sit up so nursing staff can put some clothes on. The nasal prongs and nasogastric tube have been removed. The line that's on his neck is a central IV line ( via jugular vein) - this remains until he's more stable. Though improving he's still tachycardic (heart rate >100) so for now he needs to remain in the high dependency section of intensive care at Kurume University Hospital, Fukuoka. Over the weekend the medical team started to trial him on sipping fluids and this week they will focus on introducing some oral intake, little by little. Though he's making good progress he has to take baby steps and things can't be rushed. While we all would want him to be back home soon, doctors say it's still not safe for repatriation as his wounds will rupture under high air pressure. Moreover, repatriation via medivac plane is not an option because it will blow his insurance cover. A international medivac evacuation typically costs USD200,000 give and take. This option is out of the table. But there's still an option for medical escort, which can be a form of a nurse escort on a commercial business class flight. This typically costs around USD30,000. Either way we hope to get his health to an optimal level so that he can be fit enough for a commercial flight home.

This incident is an important lesson for all - when you travel, never settle for a lower end travel insurance cover. It's always worth paying a bit more for top cover because you never know what is supposed to be a short holiday could turn into a long hospital stay in a foreign country.

Dharni and I would like to thank all donors and supporters for their kindness and generosity - you guys have a heart of gold! Please continue to share the cause for our brother. This sum of money may look small, but it will be a main supplement for any income loss while he rehabilitates. So please help us reach the target. Stay tuned for more updates.
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Update 8
Posted by Devi Ng
18 days ago
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Resting heart rates taken randomly on 3 different days over the past week in chronological order from left to right. All showing persistent tachycardia secondary to fever. Devah's fever was subsiding at first but since last night he's been spiking temps again. Doctors still can't completely take him off all antibiotics. However, it's reassuring the blood pressures have remained normal and stable - blood pressure is the most important indicator for sepsis. For now, we are watching this closely.

It's been a full-on week. We sincerely want to thank all donors for your support . Many of you are just ordinary citizens of mankind yet you have come out in full force to help a total stranger. Specially thanking all of Dharni's loyal fans and friends; you guys have a heart of gold. Please watch this space for more updates and continue to share this cause.
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