Generous strangers have raised more than $ 250,000 to cover the flight of a woman in critical condition to her home in New Zealand after her insurance refused to cover the account.
The mother of two children, Abby Hartley, was on a well-deserved trip to Indonesia when she began to experience intense pain soon after arriving on August 1.
She was quickly taken to the nearest hospital, where she was placed in an induced coma before being quickly transferred to the intensive care unit at Busa Nusa Dua hospital to receive treatment for the bowel.
On August 9, a Givealittle page was launched to raise money for expensive hospital expenses and a $ 137,000 bill to take home.
The mother of New Zealand, Abby Hartley (pictured, in the center), has been hospitalized in Bali since August 1 after suffering severe pain due to a bowel twisted
The page, which was set to raise $ 268,000, was reduced on Thursday, August 30 with $ 237,000 raised.
The family said they would cover the additional amount.
"There has been a lot of confusion around the funds and how much we are raising," said the Givealittle page.
"As a mom she has been in the hospital since August 1, our hospital bills have accumulated enormously due to the treatment that mom has required, we are looking for approximately $ 100,000 by the time we can get her home.
"We have received one last quote from the EVAC company for $ 168,000, which allows us to obtain up to $ 268,000."
In a previous publication on the fundraising page, her daughter Sophie said her mother had become resistant to antibiotics in Bali and needed to be taken home.
The family launched a Givealittle page on August 9 to raise money for expensive hospital expenses and a $ 137,000 bill to take Ms. Hartley (photo, left) home.
Donations on the fundraising page were cut on Thursday after raising $ 237,000. The family said they would pay additional costs to reach a total of $ 268,000
She said that her mother's condition was too unstable to fly on a commercial plane and that she would need a specialized plane to get to New Zealand.
The family was forced to launch a desperate appeal to raise money after Mrs. Hartley's insurance company refused to cover her medical costs due to a pre-existing condition.
Mrs. Hartley was forced to undergo emergency surgery to remove her bowel the day after arriving at the hospital.
Despite spending 48 hours in recovery, Ms. Hartley quickly got worse and developed an acute respiratory distress syndrome in which she only took 70% oxygen.
Mrs. Hartley's family (pictured, center left) was forced to raise money after her insurance company refused to pay her mother's heavy medical bills
"The doctors made the call to put her in an induced coma and keep her in an oxygen machine to avoid any additional oxygen deprivation to her brain," said Mrs. Hartley's daughter, Sarah.
"Dad told the kids to get on the first plane from New Zealand because things did not look good and mom needed all the support she could get."
She was taken to a public hospital on the island on August 12 when doctors told the family that her treatment would be cheaper.
The page & # 39; Help Abby Fight & # 39; it was created on August 9 and has already received more than NZD $ 119,000 (AUD $ 109,000) in donations.
"Our mother is fighting for her life in the intensive care unit at a Bali hospital and unfortunately the insurance company refuses to cover the medical costs," says the campaign.
The Givealittle page will remain open to notify those who follow Ms. Hartley's trip.
Ms. Hartley (pictured right) saw that her vacation plans in Bali became a nightmare after being admitted to the island hospital, but she saw her insurance company refuse to pay her bills
Ms. Hartley was in the ICU at the BIMC Nusa Dua hospital (pictured) before being transferred to a public hospital in Badung