Please Help our friend Jeff Swede

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On the 18th December, Swede fell 33ft through a roof in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia, while trying to get his hat back from a monkey who had stolen it seconds earlier.

It’s a miracle he is alive but is now Paralyzed from the chest down. He has tingling feeling in his arms and hands only and is in need immediate medical care.


His first diagnosis is that he has C7 spinal damage. His spine is in shock and swollen .He needs a MRI scan urgently, but the hospital where he is at are trying to delay it until 26th December. We have been advised by other doctors there is no reason he shouldn’t get the MRI straight away.

He was moved without consent from DMIC Hospital in Denpasar to a smaller local hospital where there are no specialists to treat him. No one from either hospital can tell us why he was moved.

Unfortunately, many hospitals in Bali see foreigners in medical situations as a means to make money and often delay vital treatment to make more cash.

We now desperately need to get him moved by MEDEVAC to either Taiwan, Singapore or Malaysia where some of the best spinal surgeons in Asia reside.

Time is of the essence here as we are advised the longer we leave it the less likely he is to recover or even walk again


It will be roughly round $40-60,000 to get Swede safely out of Bali. That will cover all the costs for a medical evacuation out of Bali and into the hands of a surgeon who can fix his spinal cord.

Surgery including all medicine, titanium pieces and other artificial parts can add up to $25,000 USD
The imported pieces can cost up to $15,000 USD

All other costs will be for ongoing rehabilitation.

Florida Man Fighting for His Life After Chasing Monkey

DESTIN, Fla. — A Florida man now living in Bali is fighting for his life after he fell from a roof while chasing a monkey that had stolen his favorite Pittsburgh Steelers cap.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reported that Jeff “Swede” Swedenhjelm fell 33 feet (10 meters) on Monday.

Villagers took him to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with severe damage to his spinal cord. He currently is paralyzed from the chest down.

Lyric Swedenhjelm, who lives in Destin, said the family is trying to get her father to a country with a spinal specialist. She said Swedenhjelm is in a medically induced coma and is on a ventilator.

The family has started a fundraising page on GoFundMe, which has already raised more than $36,000.

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