From: Michelle Berens [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Bruce Freel (40 yrs) dived into the Zambezi River in September 2010 and hit his head on a rock and damaged his spine - C6 and C7. Unfortunately, he did not have any medical cover at the time. The Victoria Falls community managed to get him air-lifted the next morning to Mater Dei in Bulawayo. His care at Mater Dei was not adequate for someone suffering a spinal injury and he developed bed sores which became very infected. He was then transferred to Parirenyatwa for further treatment. However, it has been a long uphill battle with the many complications which arise from spinal injury and paralysis. He has faced so many challenges - bed sores, muscle atrophy, kidney infections and septecemia from bed sores. He has not made much progress due to the lack of spinal injury rehab here in Zimbabwe and is cared for by his mother and sister at his parents home.
We have very kindly been offered assistance by a mission hospital, north of Harare, which has come at a vital time as his condition is deteriorating rapidly.
Please could any well-wishers who would like to donate towards his journey to this hospital and for his stay and treatment he will require whilst there. Any donations would assist this family which has been under great financial strain for the past few years - medical costs have been high and incessant.
Please contact Michelle Berens - 861431 or 0772311740 for further information. Many thanks.