Cady recently suffered a bleed on her brain and a series of strokes; which found her fighting for her life in hospital in Spain, where she currently lives. Cady will soon be stable enough to return home to England for specialist care at a brain injury unit. But we need your help to bring her home.
We are seeking to raise £50,000 to pay for Cady's medical bills and her medical repatriation (the process of returning her home) by air-ambulance from Spain to the UK. Our priority for this crowdfunding campaign is Cady's safe return to the UK. The cost of Cady's medical repatriation is approximately £22,000. Any amount raised over the £22,000 will go towards paying Cady's medical bills.
We need to act now to give Cady the best possible future.
On Friday 19th March, Cady was taken to hospital in Spain as she'd been unwell with a severe headache and had felt nauseous for a couple of days. A scan showed she had a large brain aneurysm and she needed emergency lifesaving surgery to prevent the aneurysm from rupturing. Cady got through that surgery but then sadly, suffered complications; including an additional bleed in her brain and a series of strokes. She spent eleven days in intensive care and endured a further 4 operations as neurosurgeons fought hard to save her life. We know Cady is incredibly lucky to have survived and our family is so thankful to the medical teams in Spain for their care.
Cady is currently stable and awake. She has moved from the intensive care unit and onto a general ward; however she is still very ill and requires close observation. Unfortunately, in Spain, Cady is unable to access the specialist treatment and rehabilitation she now needs. Therefore, we're desperately trying to arrange a medical repatriation flight for Cady. Our hope is that she can return to the UK and be admitted into a specialist NHS neurological unit, before moving to a brain injury rehabilitation centre.
Cady needs access to specialist care in order to give her the best possible chance of regaining her cognitive and physical abilities. We have been advised that receiving the right rehabilitation over the next few weeks and months will be crucial to Cady's long-term recovery. We pray that this crowdfunding appeal will help raise the money we need to help Cady go on to live a full, happy and healthy life.
Why we need your help to raise £50,000
We are appealing to our friends, family, and the public to help fund Cady’s flight and care as we have nowhere else to turn. Cady's insurance policy does not cover all of these expenses and there is no UK government aid / funding available.
Medical repatriation to the UK (approximately £22,000)
Cady should be medically fit to travel within the next 2 weeks. To ensure Cady gets home safely we intend to use a reputable medical air ambulance company recommended by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Cady will travel via air-ambulance with intensive care facilities from Spain to Bristol airport. A medical team will care for Cady on route to ensure she is safe and well. Cady will then be transferred by ambulance to the Royal United Hospital in Bath. From there she will be admitted to a specialist brain injury unit in Bristol.
Medical expenses (approximately £28,000)
Whilst Cady does have private health insurance in Spain, her medical costs are rapidly accumulating and some of these costs are not covered by her insurance policy.
For example, Cady was initially admitted to a private hospital in line with her insurance policy. After her first surgery her condition deteriorated, and based on her urgent critical care needs, she was transferred during the night to a state hospital. Her stay in the state hospital is not entirely covered by the private health insurance policy. In addition, the specialist materials used during surgery to stop the aneurysm rupturing in Cady’s brain are not covered by the policy.
Where possible, members of our family have paid some of Cady’s medical bills. But these expenses continue to rise with each day that passes and as Cady remains in hospital in Spain. We are unable to afford these mounting costs and remain conscious that time is critical for getting Cady the care she needs to recover.
More about Cady
Cady is a vibrant, kind, intelligent, fun-loving person who lights up the room. She is adored by everyone who knows her and takes care of those close to her. After finishing her Masters, Cady worked as a social worker in child services. She spent 11 years passionately supporting the most vulnerable children and young people in and around Bath. Cady then moved abroad, travelling to Germany and Spain, where she now runs an online store indulging her love of vintage fashion. She also teaches English to young Spanish children and volunteers for a local charity.
Thank you for taking the time to read Cady's story. Please know that any help you are able to give, either by donating or through sharing Cady's story is incredibly appreciated. Our family is truly grateful.
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