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.”

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10 Responses to “Mother Raises Funds via Facebook to Aid Injured Son in Bali”

  1. Putra Says:

    Mr. Crawford is a lucky man. Had he not came to Kasih Ibu, he may not get any treatment what-so-ever. To clarify, the treatment mentioned above “They said it was more important to x-ray and know what was going in internally rather than stop the bleeding.” It was NOT only an X-ray, but, also a CT-Scan (this is to check if there are any internal bleeding in the head – this was far more necessary).
    We hope that all hospitals in Bali can cooperate with all consulate from all countries. Because in cases like this, things can get really complicated. It would really help the patient and hospital if, we have someone to call for assistance when a problem occur.
    At the moment Kasih Ibu will not push Mr. Crawford for payment, since we know he needs to concentrate on getting better. We genuinely whishes him a full and speedy recovery, and will wait until he has recovered and ready to settle his bills.

  2. Indiana Says:

    This is not unusual.

    Emergency departments in many hospitals are like this these days, the patient gets to see a cash-register before they get to see a nurse or doctor.

  3. Harry Says:

    We still remember what happened to the new zealand guy who died after getting hurt in a brawl after he could not be shifted to the hospital as the ambulance wanted 4 million rupiyah upfront. For how long be the lives of the tourists coming to bali be put at risk just because “Bule” has a lot of money and only after he pays can he be given medical attention?

  4. made Says:

    From the story of the accident, it looks like that Crawford didn’t drive well. it says that he had an accident with a van, then his motor-bike was distroyed by the locals, and then he didn’t call the police. This guy souds a bit fishy. (why wouldn’t he call the police? why would the local destroy the bike? many bule drives like crazy here. (no helmet, no shirt, going up pavements, once I even saw one almost drove into the doorway of a shop in kuta), Im not saying that the local drives well either though, but at least they know their roads.
    as for asking money up-front, I agree, if it’s a situation of life or death, money is no.2 (in this case, he’s lucky to get the treatment before paying) I watch an american documentary called “SICKO” by michael moore and it shows that in the USA (so called rich country) an old lady was thrown out from the hospital because she has no money or insurance. people voluntier who helped in the 911 tragedy some developed lung problems from the fumes, and they aren’t even treated, because they don’t have enough money or insurances.
    I agree this isn’t a pretty world, and I guess we just have to be prepared.

  5. MIchael Ludin Says:

    I travel to Bali frequently and unfortunately have been treated at and gotten well at Kasih Ibu Hospital. it is not like a leading hospital in the US and that is why I am alive and pain-free now after 8 surgeries in the US. Perfect, absolutely not. Run of of necessary medicines, sure. Quality of and dignity in which the care is dispensed, as good as anywhere in the world. I am lucky to have been taken to Kasih Ibu, accompanied by UBUD doctor, Dr. Susila of Toya Medical in Ubud, where the excellent medical care began!

  6. Paul Says:

    Obviously the guy had no expat insurance.

  7. Mary Ellen Kelley (Mamie) Says:

    Dear Made,
    According to my son’s account of the story, he was driving 40 km/hr in his lane. He had missed his turnoff, and had turned around to go back to the turnoff when he realized a silver van was speeding towards him in his lane! So please do not try to insinuate blame on my son for driving recklessly, as this was not the case. He was struck and left on the side of the road by an unconscionable excuse for a human being.
    Further, I would like to thank the person who came to my son’s aid. Thank you for getting him to the hospital before he blacked out. I would also like to thank the doctors who made the wisest decisions for Khellar’s long term survival. As an Emergency Medical Technician I know how critical it is to make sure internal bleeding was in control, and that the head bleeds profusely.
    As for administrative hospital dealings with Kasih Ibu, I think its unfortunate that there are costs for locals and much higher costs for non locals. I am just coming off of treatment for breast cancer, and our family was not able to deliver such a large sum of money. We would like to examine the documents and get an unbiased opinion of the value of the care, so that we take care of the costs.
    As for reporting this to the police, I’m surprised the hospital does not work hand in hand with the police department to report crimes such as this one. The patient obviously was in no condition to make a report. I can hardly find fault with Khellar for not reporting to the police at the time.
    I have encouraged him to make a report and to get it documented. I pray for my son’s recovery and safe return and I pray for the soul of the person who hit my son.
    All those who have contributed to our fund, all those who have shared their empathy and prayers, and nurturing, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

  8. Jon Says:

    I hope this man makes a full recovery asap.

    I have been to Bali about 20 times and the traffic and driving seems to be getting worse each time.

    Everyone in bali seems to drive recklessly, carelessly and without regard to others’ safety!

    The traffic situation in Bali is truly awful. ALWAYS TAKE A TAXI!! and don’t ride those stupid scooters!!


  9. Mamie Kelley Says:

    What does this mean? KITAS/residency rate?

  10. Sundari Carmody Says:

    KITAS is a permanent residency visa. So some hospitals and other companies don’t charge KITAS holders as much as tourists, but still more than locals.
    I used to be a holder (I am now in Australia studying at college), and had to bring my passport around to certain places to get better prices. It is unfortunate that hospitals in Indonesia operate like this.