Hilary Ford Emergency Medical Fund
Organized by: Torrance McCartney
The Final Update
January 17, 2017
Event Name: Live Nation - Taking Care of Our Own
Around the 20th of December my Mum, Hilary Ford, suffered from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, bleeding in the brain. She was travelling alone in Thailand and, as it turns out, has no medical travel insurance. She has undergone two neurosurgeries in the past week – a craniotomy to clip the vein and remove the clot, and a craniectomy due to a vasospasm after her first surgery.
My sister, Sally, and I are currently over $70,000 deep in medical fees. If we wait any longer in the hope of getting her on a commercial airline, we risk the possibility of more complications, more bills, no way of getting her (and me) home, finding ourselves in financial ruin and ultimately not being able to afford the medical care she needs.
Our only immediate option is to medivac her in an air ambulance back to Vancouver to the tune of $170,000. We have the opportunity to do this on 8th January. We've spent the last few days racing to liquidate investments, charging credit cards and credit lines and pulling the money together. We are hoping to raise as much as we can to put toward her evacuation.
The truth is that my sister and I are fiercely independent and have never been great at asking for help, especially when it comes to money matters. But here we are, in a situation that couldn’t feel more dire or out of our control.
Any and all support is so very appreciated. Thank you.
*Update as of 4 Jan*
We've managed to put a deposit down for the medivac ($50,000) and have secured a line of credit for the rest ($120,000) just in time. This means that as long as Mum stays stable, we'll get her out of there this weekend. All of Mum's modest life savings have been liquidated and when these funds come through we'll put them toward that line of credit, the rest of the hospital fees, credit cards and the kind lenders who stepped up. The plan is to keep the fundraiser going for now as all donations will help us pay down these debts and may even leave us with something to help with the cost of Mum's recovery and future assisted living situation.
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