A 32-year old Canadian national currently remains in an intensive care unit in Kagoshima Prefecture after coming out of a five-day coma, which he sustained after a four-story fall from his balcony last month. Jyoti Tronson has already regained consciousness, but he is unlikely to perform the activities of daily life. He also needs further medical attention.
Tronson fell from his apartment balcony on May 5, but he has no recollection of what happened. He doesn’t even remember his mother, who rushes to his side when he screams in the hospital bed, assumedly out of disorientation to place. Because of the fall, the left side of Tronson’s brain was damaged. He has also acquired a MRSA, or a drug-resistant infection, which has greatly compromised his immune system.
“He screams all night. It’s a bad head injury, he’s not the same at all,” shared Jessica Schneider, Tronson’s 30-year old sister. “He just keeps saying he wants to go home.” Despite Tronson’s desire, and as much as his family wants, a transfer to their home in Vancouver, B.C., would not be easy. He also needs regular monitoring during the flight, especially if he has a panic attack. Schneider, who is also a nurse, is concerned for her brother’s welfare and rehabilitation. “I’m wondering how I can take care of him in my mother’s house while we wait out those three months [before Canadian coverage would kick in]. I don’t have a hospital bed, a wheelchair, an IV … it’s so frustrating that I have to think about these things.” She said that the longer it takes for her brother to begin rehabilitation, the greater the toll of brain damage he will sustain. “If he has to wait for rehab … he’s going to get further and further from where he needs to be.”
Tronson’s hospital bills are co-paid by his employer. Although his mother only pays 40 percent, as their share for the billing, shelling out $2,000 month is still costly. His family tried to file for assistance from the B.C. Medical Services Plan, but he didn’t meet the requirement of being away for less than six months from British Columbia. Tronson has been teaching English in Japan for the last seven years.
With too much to think about, from transfer to rehabilitation costs, Jessica Schneider set up an online fundraiser. In five days time, an overwhelming $4,000 in donations has been raised through Indiegogo, an international crowd-funding site. “It’s so awesome, people have been amazing,” said Schneider, adding that most of the help was from their friends.
[via The Province]