Mother Raises Funds via Facebook to Aid Injured Son in Bali
DENPASAR/KEROBOKAN ~ American Mamie Kelley is raising money on Facebook to help her son, injured in a road accident in Bali, pay US$9,000 for his private hospital treatment.
As of Thursday, at least US$3,500 had been pledged via Facebook and the PayPal system.
Kelley Sean Crawford, 31, was riding home from an internet cafe at 2.30am on Friday last week when his motorcycle was hit by a vehicle 100 metres from his house in Kerobokan. He fractured a leg and received head injuries in the accident.
He told The Bali Times this week he believed the driver of the vehicle that hit him – a silver van – had briefly stopped and then driven away, and may have been injured himself. It was possible, he said, that people at a banjar premises in the immediate area saw the accident, which he said destroyed his motorcycle.
He had not formally reported the accident to police, he said.
Mr. Crawford, who has lived in Bali for some time, was admitted to the privately run Kasih Ibu Hospital in Denpasar where he was treated for three leg fractures, requiring complex orthopaedic work, and other injuries.
The hospital said this week his treatment bill there amounted to Rp97 million. It said it billed Mr. Kelley at its concessional KITAS/Residence rate and initially held his US passport as surety.
Later, on being advised by the US consular agent in Bali, Mr. Joshua Finch, that holding someone’s passport as surety was illegal because passports are the property of the issuing government and not the holder, it said it would hand the passport to Mr. Finch for safe keeping.
Following in-patient care at Kasih Ibu, Mr. Crawford admitted himself to Sanglah Hospital. He paid his Rp6.5 million bill there from funds immediately available in Bali.
Mr. Crawford, who has been working in Bali as a fashion designer, said this week he now wanted to return home to the US.
“I think that it’s probably best to go back; I want to get out of here; I want to get my passport back and go home. I’ll get physical therapy,” he said.
“It really spooked me: I was just lying there and was presented with all these bills. When I got into the hospital, I was conscious, but my face was bleeding; it was about three hours before they stopped the bleeding. They said it was more important to x-ray and know what was going in internally rather than stop the bleeding. My friends couldn’t believe it.”
A Kasih Ibu spokesman, Pandu Suryadiputra, told The Bali Times:
“Mr. Crawford was brought to the hospital from a bad accident. We did our routine procedure, registration and filling in all administrative forms while we prepared the operating theatre. As usual, we made an estimation of the cost of the treatment – this is not a fixed sum in case there are complications – and gave this estimate to Mr. Crawford. He agreed to it and signed.
“He said he did not have insurance. Our policy is to request a down payment, plus or minus 40 percent (of the estimated cost), but he said he had no money with him. Since this was an emergency we went ahead with the operation before any payment in the best interests of the patient’s health.
“Mr. Crawford had the surgery and was moved to the Intensive Care Unit. When he regained consciousness he asked what his current expenses were and decided that he would leave the hospital without paying.”
Mr. Crawford’s mother said from the US this week:
“He is lucky to be alive, but unfortunately holds a heavy duty debt, a broken leg, severe bruising throughout his body and some serial scars because of this.”Filed under: Headlines