On [last] Wednesday Matt had to have emergency surgery on his leg because his calf turned blue due to the deep vein thrombosis. They had to put a long thin catheter into the veins in his leg. He is stable now, but they are saying they won't do the surgery he needs until this condition gets better.
We have almost raised the 10 mil he needed before, but his hospital bill is around 16 mil now, and rising... and he hasn't even had the main surgery.
Please continue to donate and pass this group on.
And on one post they've broken down the medical charges:
Medication - 2,500,000
Doctor's Fee - 94,460
Admission - 940,280
Meals - 922,720
Prescriptions - 135,732
Anesthesia - 614,858
Treatment - 419,354
Operation - 689,923
Examination - 1,340,067
X-ray - 71,268
Medical Expendible Supply - 784,169
Sonogram - 110,000
Blood Transfusion - 378,656
Specialist Fee - 865,950
Room - 38,000
Other - 10,000
This was the bill as of Friday evening. The charges go up every day, and from what [name withheld] said, the bill is now at 16,000,000 and rising.
I'd also like to pass along a question asked on the FAQ thread:
Last year after Bill Kapoun was badly burned there was a fundraiser at the Wolfhound with an auction, etc. When I came in, I paid 10,000won, and was told that enough money had been raised already, but the rest would go to a "burned teacher relief fund" (no joke, that was what was actually said to me!)...hmmm. I can definitely see the point of having a fund for these kind of situations, and isn't this situation exactly what a fund like that is for? Does anyone know what happened to that excess money?
According to the Save Bill Kapoun Facebook group, the remaining 13,000,000 won was donated by the Kapouns to the family of Nerine Viljoen, the teacher who died in a Mokpo apartment fire in December. Not that I'm demanding that money to be accounted for, or suggesting that our donations to those families ought to go to anyone but them, but I would feel better if we had people in the know on this other than Wolfhound employees. I'd also like to add what kushibo wrote on his "HABO (Help A Brother Out)" post:
I'd also like to know what the Friends of Matt group is going to do if they surpass the money needed. I'd like to see someone I trust (e.g., Brian, Marmot, the head of KOTESOL) keep that money in trust so that we have it ready for the next time — God forbid — we end up with a bad case like that of Bill Kapoun or Nerine Viljoen, requiescant in pace.
Maybe this isn't the place to talk about it, but I do think this is where a teachers' organization would be able to step in. A teachers' organization that is far less controversial, that is, than the current one, perhaps one that grew in large part out of community-based efforts like this, and one that could be trusted to oversee donations. Anyway, I'd like to close with what Daniel Gray of Seoul Eats had to say in response to kushibo's post; an excerpt:
Sure, Matt has made some wrong decisions. When he started to have these health issues, he should have gone home. There are many in Korea that dread the idea of going home because they don't know what they will return to. Imagine how he would have felt going home crippled and sick? Also, his medical bills in the states would have been 10 times what they are here.
I can assure you that the money that is raised will go to help Matt. The 10 million is not the final amount. Matt will have to stay in the hospital for an additional month after wards to heal. Then there will be costs for physical therapy and then getting him home or wherever he decides to go.
There have been people that have criticized the approach in getting money for Matt. But, it was due to the severity of the situation. It was a life and death situation and all of us had to act as soon as possible.
Thanks so much for donating and please spread the word.
Once again the donation information:
Bank: IBK / Industrial / 기업은행
The name on the receiving account is 매티유로. There is now a PayPal account, the address for which is chh5522[at]gmail.com. The group asks that you send post a message to make sure the donation went through.