“She said that John’s been hit by a car,” said Shanon. She’s going ‘they’re doing CPR on him’ in the (emergency room) and I just started crying too.” The following day, Shanon left Canada to be with her son and Mavis in Taiwan. Taiwan does not have a Canadian embassy so the Kelly family has been working alongside the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei.
When she arrived, she discovered the full extent of John’s injuries. The Canadian government has approached its Taiwanese counterpart in an attempt to activate John’s health insurance and to instigate a full investigation of the crash.
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The 31-year-old suffered severe injuries and was transported to hospital. They had to cut off part of his skull to let it expand and he’s on respirator.” Shanon spent three weeks in the country before returning to her home in Strathmore.
Shanon Kelly, John’s mother, learned of the crash through a tear-filled call from John’s girlfriend Mavis. He had a dislocated shoulder, a broken collarbone, broken arm, broken leg." “It’s so hard to watch him lay there and stare into space." Last weekend, John underwent nine hours of surgical procedures. According to Shanon, John was in the process of securing health coverage in Taiwan but the process had been delayed as he awaited his alien residency documentation.
Medical officials in Taiwian have recommended transporting the injured man back to Canada for the remainder of his care.
The Kelly family has confirmed John, who remains a Canadian citizen, is still covered by Alberta Health but the costs of the medevac flight from Taiwan to Vancouver, estimated at ,000 CAD, and flight from Vancouver to Calgary, roughly ,000, would be the Kelly’s to bear.
The cost of a medevac flight to bring an injured Calgary man home following a horrific car crash in Asia has his family scrambling to raise ,000.
John Kelly, who had just begun a position teaching English in Taichung, Taiwan, was walking home on October 1 when he was struck by a car.
Shanon says John’s medical insurance is expected to start this week but his medical costs to date will likely reach 500,000 Taiwan New Dollars (approximately ,000 CAD).
When John is transferred from intensive care to a regular ward, the family will be required to pay roughly 0 CAD a day for an assistant.