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Help Nathan Dyer & Family!

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Hi everyone,

My little brother, Nathan Dyer, had the incredible opportunity to travel with my cousin to Morocco while they visited her husband's family. He was having an amazing time riding camels and exploring - all while wearing a replica Indiana Jones hat!

About two weeks in, Nathan came down with symptoms that looked like traveler's sickness. My cousins took him to see a doctor where he was hydrated and given some antibiotics. Days later, he still was not improving - in fact, he was getting worse. He was so weak that he could not even stand. My cousins took him to a hospital where he became worse and worse, until he was in a coma-like state.

My mom started working with his traveler's insurance to get him back to the States for better treatment, but he was not stable enough to move that far. It was ultimately decided that he would be flown to Paris, France. Luckily, his traveler's insurance covered my mom's flight to Paris and she was there to meet him when he arrived. The French medical staff told her that he had not been properly treated while in Morocco. Nathan had a bacterial infection, was on a ventilator, was close to kidney failure, and had had at least one seizure.  

His kidneys are functioning better now, but he has had another seizure. He was moved to another hospital in Paris to be treated by a specialist, but his initial diagnosis was found to be incorrect. He is still only minimally conscious and we know that the road to recovery is going to be a long one.

My family is hard-working and we do not have much. While our focus is on Nathan, we cannot help but worry about how we are going to pay for his international healthcare after his traveler's insurance stops covering care. Nathan and my mom are on BadgerCare, which does not cover healthcare internationally. Nathan was very lucky to be included in my cousin's travel plans and budget and, as a hard worker himself, was able to pay for his plane ticket to Morocco with his own savings from working at the Lake Geneva Cruise Line. My mom works for hourly wages and is currently not working as she is with Nathan in France - we have no money coming in. I am a graduate student and do not have much to begin with. I am leaving to see my little brother soon, which means that I won't be working either.

We need a lot of support. Your donation will help my family with...

-Plane tickets
-Lodging
-Food
-Medical expenses
-To help us stay on our feet after Nathan gets better and my family has not been working

We have already accumulated $4,200 worth of medical expenses from Nathan's care in Morocco and nearly $26,000 worth of medical expenses from Nathan's current hospital in Paris; this does not include the first hospital that he was treated at in Paris and the additional costs that build up with each passing day. While news sources are emphasizing our efforts to bring Nathan back to the United States as soon as possible, he does not have a diagnosis. Because we do not know what is causing his illness yet, we do not know if he is stable or what other complications may arise if he tries to fly right away. We do not know when he will be able to fly the distance from France to Wisconsin.  This GoFundMe will be used to address all of the above listed costs as they arise - not just the potential full cost of an air ambulance. 

Nathan is a smart, talented guy with the driest sense of humor and a lot of fight in him. He deserved to have the adventure of a lifetime in Morocco. We want to make sure that he can be well taken care of and surrounded by the people who love him.

Thank you,

Rachel Dyer
*updated 5/2/2018
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Hi everyone!

Nathan has had numerous appointments since returning from Paris on May 9th. He has been regularly attending both occupational therapy and physical therapy. Last week, Nathan had an MRI of his brain. Overall, the doctors were pleased with the results of his MRI. However, there is a small issue of swelling/fluid that appears to be healing, although they can't determine if it will heal 100%. Thankfully, the brain tissue looks good. The swelling/fluid issue was caused by the infection he contracted while in Morocco which went into his brain. Last week, Nathan also had almost a full day of neuropsychological testing at Children's Hospital. A neuropsychologist uses a series of tests to asses various areas of brain involvement, such as cognition and behavior, memory, attention, learning, language, processing, speed, and abstract reasoning. Overall, Nathan did fairly well, testing average to high average in many categories. The test did show that he is lower than average in his ability to think quickly and his ability to switch focus. As Nathan is still early in his recovery, the doctors do think his brain function will continue to improve. Physically, Nathan has gained back some weight and is feeling pretty good. He was discharged from occupational therapy this week and the physical therapist is now working him much harder. Overall, we're pleased to report that Nathan is doing much better. But, he's been through a lot and has several more appointments scheduled. He still has issues with his memory and will meet again with the neurologist in July. He will be unable to drive for a while yet.

We are still in the process of waiting for some of the final medical bills from his ordeal overseas. Tonight from 6pm - 9pm at Badger High School in Lake Geneva, there will be a Lu La Roe fundraiser for Nathan's medical bills and other costs hosted by Chrystal Mueller! Here is the Facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/1945212888831943/ Please attend if you're able and share the event widely!

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to help our family during this difficult time. We are so happy that Nathan is doing as well as he is, but this has obviously been nothing less than traumatic for the three of us. We are still processing the emotions that accompanied this, as well as trying to cope with the mounting financial burden. Please continue to keep Nathan in your thoughts and prayers as he continues with his recovery.

Thank you again!

Rachel and Linda
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Hi everyone,

Nathan did a partial day at school today! Here is his "First Day of School" picture featuring all of his Get Well Soon and Thinking of You cards, and his signature thumbs-up. He needed help finding his classes and navigating the school as he still has memory deficits since he is so early in his recovery. Nathan might look and sound great, but there is a long way to go! Remember, he may not know who you are, so if you see him, introduce yourself and remind him how you know each other.

You all have been so wonderful to Nathan and our family, but this isn't over yet. We need A LOT more donations. The medical bills will far exceed the $15,000 medical coverage cap that the traveler's insurance allows. Nathan was in the ICU for 20 days, as well as traveled numerous times by ambulance, was seen at and stayed in several facilities in Morocco along with the two hospitals in France, and received several MRIs, EEGs, and plasma exchange treatments. It is our hope that people in the community will work together to set up fundraisers, like what has been done at Johnstown Meats in Walworth or at Badger High School concerts and plays, to help pay Nathan's medical bills. As my family and I start to go back to work and school, while continuing to get Nathan to appointments, work with him on physical and occupational therapy exercises, and supporting him, it is far too overwhelming for us to plan any fundraisers ourselves. We need members of the community to take the lead on fundraising, so that we can remain focused on Nathan's recovery.

THANK YOU for all you are doing to help and support Nathan and my family! We cannot thank you enough.

Rachel
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Hi everyone,

Some updates on Nathan! He saw a neurology physician assistant at Children's Hospital in Milwaukee earlier this week. Both his physical and cognitive exams went fairly well, apart from physical weakness and pain, memory lapses, and taking longer to process things. Nathan started both physical and occupational therapy, and will be getting an MRI in a couple of weeks. We are also waiting for him to be scheduled for a full, 8-hour, neuropsychological exam back at Children's Hospital. Nathan is continuing with his anti-seizure medication because he is so early in his recovery.

We also met with Nathan's school and they have been incredibly accommodating. He is going to try to attend school for the last couple weeks of the year - likely only partial days. He doesn't remember any of his classes or where things are or most people, so it will be very overwhelming for him.

We are so relieved that Nathan has improved, but the situation is far from over. The medical bills will far exceed the $15,000 medical coverage cap that the traveler's insurance allows. Nathan was in the ICU for 20 days, as well as traveled numerous times by ambulance, was seen at and stayed in several facilities in Morocco along with the two hospitals in France, and received several MRIs, EEGs, and other tests.

WE NEED MORE DONATIONS! You all have been incredibly generous and have helped us make a big dent in our medical expenses, but we need more. We are asking that people in the community work together to set up fundraisers to help pay Nathan's medical bills. As you can imagine, the financial stress of this situation is pulling our attention off of Nathan's recovery. You have all been so incredible, but we need someone to take the reins. We need leaders to spearhead fundraising events, so that we can remain focused on Nathan's recovery.

Thank you for everything that you have done for Nathan and my family, and continue to do. We are so appreciative.

Rachel
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Hi everyone,

Here is a video of Nathan thanking you all for your support! - https://youtu.be/iTJg93CxZaM

We know Nathan looks and sounds great (thanks, years of theater and Forensics/speech team!), but he does have a lot of memory lapses that are not noticeable in this video. We have appointments this week with doctors, including a neurologist, and he is not yet ready to return to school.

The GoFundMe is remaining open as we need to continue raising funds for the medical bills accumulated from spending 20 days in ICUs in other countries, for ambulance rides, medications, etc. Please continue to share this link!

THANK YOU! Lots of love,

Rachel
Nathan Says Thank You!
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