A Pittsburgh Steelers fan from Florida who now lives in Bali is fighting for his life after a fall earlier this week.
According to a report from the Northwest Florida Daily News, Jeff “Swede” Swedenhjelm fell 33 feet on Monday after chasing a monkey that had just stolen his favorite Steelers cap.
Swede suffered a severe spinal cord injury and is paralyzed from the chest down. According to his daughter Lyric Swedenhjelm, the family is currently working to get Swede out of Bali to a country where he can visit a spinal specialist.
His daughter added:
She said the medical care in Bali is what one might expect in a third world country, and that her father didn’t even have an MRI for almost 24 hours after the accident.
Swedenhjelm is in a medically induced coma and is on a ventilator, his daughter said. He also has pneumonia.
Her father has no medical insurance and no money, Lyric said. He left Destin several years ago to work in Bali. She and her mother still live in Destin.
“He has a great team of friends that have been by his side,” she said. “He’s very popular, a social guy, always out and about organizing parties and events.”
Lyric, who turns 21 Tuesday, said traveling to Bali is very expensive and that they are trying to channel all resources into having her father flown to Singapore for better medical care.
The family has started a GoFundMe account for Swede, saying it will cost around $30,000 to transport him to Singapore and another $30,000 for treatment.
“The cheapest option to get him a medevac and straight into surgery is USD $60,000,” Lyric wrote.
“We all believe that this is possible, so we ask you all reading this to please continue to share via email, social media, word of mouth, mainstream media, blogs, vlogs any which way you can.”
At the time of this writing, the GoFundMe page has raised $47,384.
You can visit the GoFundMe account and donate to the family by clicking here.
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