Our Friend Bill, Before and After

Our Friend Bill, Before and After

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Bill's Medical Update and Some Great News!

Hey Everyone,

Thank you for being patient, I know that information doesn't always come as fast as you'd like, but we are doing our best to make sure everything is accurate and current. Yesterday, Bill's blood pressure was very high but by evening it had returned to normal. He's fighting complications with his kidneys and infection, and he has been put on dialysis. The results of the dialysis won't be visible for another few days. However, most of his major indicators looked better this morning than last night, and improvement is always a good sign. Physically, his face has begun to heal and he looks a little more like Bill every day. It's comforting to talk to him and to be able to recognize him as the Bill we know.

Now I have several pieces of terrific news to share. First, one of the top burn wards in America, located near Bill's home, has offered free medical care for as long as it takes to get him better. We are so thankful for this wonderful news. Therefore, his family would like to move him home as soon as possible. The problem is that medical transfers are usually extremely expensive, upwards of $170,000. But there is already a medical transfer planned for other patients this coming monday, and Bill may be able to be transported for as low as $68,000. While this is a great discount, it remains a staggering number. Bill's parents are working with the US Embassy and may be able to get a loan to finance the transfer. The comfort of having him at home, and the elimination of future medical bills would just be an amazing turn of events. His condition will need to remain the same or improve in order for him to be safely moved. Please remember that in addition to the loan, the family still has massive medical bills in Korea, not to mention quality of life expenses such as reconstructive surgery and counseling. So in other words, we're thrilled with these events, but still need a lot of help- as much as you can provide. Bill's school has decided to grant him Korean health insurance retroactive to the time that he began teaching. This has already knocked about $20,000 off the Korean medical bills, but because it does not cover specialized procedures such as skin grafts, the final bills could easily top $100,000.

We can't thank you enough for all your help, the scope of this effort has been amazing! But medically and financially there is a still a lot of work, prayer, and hope that is needed. Finally, we've received some inquiries about Sejin. In this very difficult and emotional time, her family has requested that we honor their privacy. We will certainly respect this and we hope you will as well.

Thanks again, keep fighting Bill!!

Adam, his family and friends


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update.

I understand Bill was a fellow graduate of Indiana University.

For Hoosiers reading this, let us make an extra effort to rally around this young man and his family. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I just read the article about Bill in the Bloomington Herald Times online site. God bless you, and your family. I hope you will be back in America soon.

Anonymous said...

My prayers go out to Bill, his friends, and family. Although I didn't know Bill I'm happy to contribute to his cause.

Anonymous said...

I don't know Bill, but I am an IU grad and made a donation today of $100. It is not nearly enough, but someone once told me that "ounces make pounds" so remember that every little bit helps!

John Brennan said...

Thank you to everyone that is trying to help Billy, yes Billy I'm his cousin in Spokane, Wa. We are trying to help as much as we can here as well we have fundraisers going up and all kinds of morale support. But thank you all of you from the bottom of my heart Billy's parent's are my godparents. So this has really effected my family. LET'S BRING BILLY HOME. yme1369@yahoo.com

Raquel said...

My heart is with Bill and his family. I was an ESL teacher in Taiwan from 2003 to 2004, and I know what it's like to face a family crisis from half a world away. May God heal Bill and bless the fundraising effort. Best wishes. ~Raquel, student DPT

Anonymous said...

I am also an Indiana graduate currently living in Seoul.
I would just like to say that you are all in my prayers.
If there is anything at all I may do for you during your time here, please let me know.
jerryscottfisher (at) hotmail.com