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Family raises funds to fly injured Calgary man home from Taiwan

Family raises funds to fly injured Calgary man home from Taiwan

A Calgary man who suffered extensive injuries after he was hit by a car in Taiwan earlier this month is now in stable condition, but is still not responsive as his injuries might leave him permanently paralyzed and brain injured. His family and friends are raising funds to bring him back to Canada for treatment.

The 31-year-old John Kelly, who has been teaching English in Taichung for the last three years, was walking home from his job when a car plowed into him on the street.

Doctors at the Taichung veterans hospital have told his family that he needs to go back to Canada as soon as possible for treatment.

His family has to foot all the medical bills accumulated so far, which his father said is about 25,000 Canadian dollars. The family wants to fly their son back to Canada for treatment in order to avoid more bills piling up, and have launched a campaign to raise $50,000 to pay for his medical bill.

The driver later claimed that the 31-year-old guy jumped in front of his car intentionally and was thrown over 30 feet as he couldn’t apply the break immediately. Unfortunately, police couldn’t prosecute the driver without sufficient evidence since there weren’t any video cameras or event data recorder when the accident took place.

Updated : 2022-05-21 18:05 GMT+08:00