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INTL US Citizen in Guatemalan Hospital
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  1. #1
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    US Citizen in Guatemalan Hospital

    The irony here is just unbelievable.....

    https://abc7chicago.com/american-bro...pital/5056023/

    Friday, January 11, 2019 02:22PM

    Alex Austin is 28 years old.

    He grew up in Modesto and teaches high school in Dinuba.


    He was on vacation in Guatemala on the beach with his friend Dillon Nicholson, when he made a tragic mistake.

    "He just kind of misjudged the wave and dove headfirst into water that was maybe a foot and a half deep and he broke his neck," said Nicholson.

    Alex had surgery on his neck vertebrae and has been in a hospital in Guatemala City for a week. He's making progress and is not paralyzed. He recorded a video of his progress and posted it on Facebook.

    "I'm doing quite better than I ever thought I would be, I'm getting some good mobility back, I'm really excited to hopefully make it back to America sometime soon," said Austin.

    The problem is getting home. Nicholson says the hospital requires payment in full before he can be released to fly home for further treatment.


    "They've taken his passport. We've talked to the US embassy, they say it's completely normal practices, so we have to pay the bill in order for him to be released," said Nicholson.

    A GoFundMe account has raised about $23,000. Dinuba High School principal Mike Roberts says money has come from teachers, and students.

    "A big portion of our teachers donated, I know some of our students have donated also," Roberts says.

    Alex teaches Chemistry and Science to Freshmen and Juniors and Roberts says the students have been worried.

    "They were excited to hear he is up and walking around and so a lot of prayers are being sent his way," said Roberts.


    Alex is expected to be released from the hospital this week if the bill is paid. He will then have to remain in Guatemala for about ten days for follow-up care. Alex's friend Dillon Nicholson says it's been an ordeal but says it's been inspiring to watch Alex pull through.

    "You know, going from where we were just a week ago laying on the beach he couldn't feel anything or move anything below his neck," explained Nicholson. "So, the fact now that he's walking and he's feeding himself and can move his arms and his legs - it's an absolute miracle in my opinion."

    Principal Roberts says the school hopes Alex will be back to work in about six weeks.

    If you would like to help Alex, you can donate to his GoFundMe account by clicking here.

  2. #2
    Cut every last penny of aid to Guatemala to pay for their own citizens benefits, tax evasion for working under the table, and costs of crime.

    Build the wall instead.

    Oh, and boycott all tourism there.
    I've thrown my back out trying to kiss my ass goodbye.

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    If he didn't have insurance he's a moron and deserves what he's getting. What did he expect, skilled labor and materials for free???

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    And just how much is his hospital bill going to be?

    I'd bet it's 10X LESS than comparable treatment in the FUSA would be.
    The wonder of our time isnít how angry we are at politics and politicians; itís how little weíve done about it. - Fran Porretto
    -http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/2016/10/a-wholly-rational-hatred.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark D View Post
    If he didn't have insurance he's a moron and deserves what he's getting. What did he expect, skilled labor and materials for free???
    First off, Guatemala probably does not accept our health care insurance. They took his passport because the hospital wants to get paid. When they get paid, he gets his passport back. He is an idiot if he didn't have trip insurance. When we were on our recent Panama Canal cruise, the ambulance was at the ship in Guatemala and took 2 passengers off. It's a common rule on cruise ships, never leave the home port without trip insurance. Trip insurance companies will take care of everything including hospital costs and flying you back home. He's 28 years old and I bet he didn't have trip insurance. Young people never think anything bad is going to happen to them. I have seen far more young people taken to the hospital because they do stupid stuff to injure themselves. Like zip lining, getting drunk and getting on a motorcycle and hit a car or pole, wind parachuting and crashing into a building.......stupid stuff.

    No sympathies here. If you can't afford trip insurance, stay home.
    People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it - walk. Ayn Rand

  6. #6
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    That is why when you cross the border you MUST HAVE a repatriation insurance card.
    RULE 1:
    THEY want you DEAD.

    "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my brothers' children (and their parents) may have peace, and have NO KNOWLEDGE of what I have done."

    The BEST in Life:
    To CRUSH your enemies.
    To see them driven before you
    To listen to the lamentations of their women

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bardou View Post
    First off, Guatemala probably does not accept our health care insurance. They took his passport because the hospital wants to get paid. When they get paid, he gets his passport back. He is an idiot if he didn't have trip insurance. When we were on our recent Panama Canal cruise, the ambulance was at the ship in Guatemala and took 2 passengers off. It's a common rule on cruise ships, never leave the home port without trip insurance. Trip insurance companies will take care of everything including hospital costs and flying you back home. He's 28 years old and I bet he didn't have trip insurance. Young people never think anything bad is going to happen to them. I have seen far more young people taken to the hospital because they do stupid stuff to injure themselves. Like zip lining, getting drunk and getting on a motorcycle and hit a car or pole, wind parachuting and crashing into a building.......stupid stuff.

    No sympathies here. If you can't afford trip insurance, stay home.
    That's EXACTLY what I was talking about - I figured it implied, you know, since he was traveling.

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