Medical bills exceed $300K, mother saysHis mother told CBC Toronto she gave doctors medical authorization to operate on her son using a translator over the phone as she does not speak English. Knowing that her son was in another country, completely alone, was incredibly challenging, said Sastre. It was also surprising. Londoño was an “active guy” and that the first thing he did when he arrived in Canada was join a gym, his mother said. He dreamed of “making a life” in Canada, she said. It took 10 days for Sastre to raise money and obtain a visa for herself and another relative to arrive in Toronto. Now, after spending 22 days in an induced coma and also fighting off a serious virus he contracted a few days after being hospitalized, Londoño’s condition is considered serious but no longer life-threatening, But while he has some movement in his arms and limbs, he can’t walk without support, and he can’t speak or breathe on its own, his mother said. The insurance he had prior to coming to Canada will only cover $65,000 of the over $330,000 in bills that have already accumulated, she told CBC Toronto. That’s why she’s created a GoFundMe page to ask for help covering the bills. The family is hoping the money will cover part of the debt they owe to Toronto Western, and that they will also be able to transfer him to Scarborough Health Network, which has offered a plan for continued treatment. In a statement to CBC Toronto, the University Health Network, of which Toronto General is a part, said the organization’s finance department will work with uninsured patients on a payment schedule to recoup the cost of care on outstanding bills.
‘Challenging’ recovery ahead: doctorDr. Patrice Lindsay, the director of health systems at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, told CBC Toronto that a hemorrhagic stroke in someone as young as Maicol isn’t common. “There’s no one answer to why somebody would have a hemorrhagic stroke, especially at a young age,” she said. “More often it is caused by a congenital condition that was already there at birth.” A severe stroke like Maicol’s requires 24-hour care, and the road to recovery will likely be uncertain and arduous, said Lindsay. Signs of a stroke include droopy arms or facial weakness on one side of the body, and slurred speech.
One day after his 20th birthday, a fitness enthusiast and Columbian student studying in Toronto suffered a hemorrhagic stroke.— COVID VACCINE INJURIES .COM (@Storiesofinjury) April 6, 2023
“There's no one answer to why somebody would have a hemorrhagic stroke, especially at a young age.”
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