Amherst Woman Helps Friend in Coma Ov...

Amherst Woman Helps Friend in Coma Overseas

There are 23 comments on the WJW Fox 8 Cleveland story from Jun 15, 2010, titled Amherst Woman Helps Friend in Coma Overseas. In it, WJW Fox 8 Cleveland reports that:

An young woman from Amherst is trying to help get her friend home, after she was hit by a car in Rome and is now in a coma.

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BILL

Painesville, OH

#1 Jun 15, 2010
THE GOVERNMENT WASTED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON BIG BUSINESS.HERE IS THEIR CHANCE TO DO SOME GOOD BY BRINGING HER HOME
PokUeyeOut

Cleveland, OH

#2 Jun 15, 2010
well Bill...GO TELL THE GOVERNMENT THAT, posting will not get this young girl home! I sent my money already...did you?
BILL

Painesville, OH

#3 Jun 15, 2010
PokUeyeOut wrote:
well Bill...GO TELL THE GOVERNMENT THAT, posting will not get this young girl home! I sent my money already...did you?
WHAT is your problem?
Concerned Citizen

Kalamazoo, MI

#4 Jun 16, 2010
Good luck raising the money - hope you succeed:)
John

Mona, UT

#5 Jun 16, 2010
I agree! As a country we go and bail out all of these other countries and even fight their wars for them as well as rebuild them after we are done... but we can't take care of our own??? Come on government!!! Give these poor folks a helping hand and get this poor girl home where she should be!
lyn

Saint Louis, MO

#6 Jun 16, 2010
I'm sorry, but this just does not make sense. If all she has is a feeding tube, there is no reason she needs a chartered flight to bring her home. She should be able to fly commercial. Something about this story does not make sense. Sure hope the family is not trying to pull a fast one. Buy a couple of tickets and bring her home, for pete's sake.
notfunny

Newton, NJ

#7 Jun 16, 2010
This isn't the governments responsibility. The proper thing is already in place, charity. Why even mention the government, it has nothing to do with them?
Maria

Montgomery, AL

#8 Jun 16, 2010
I do hope they are able to get the woman back safe and sound. Hopefuly some well to do person is willing to donate to help a family in need. People donate to many less worthy causes.
Maria

Montgomery, AL

#9 Jun 16, 2010
A regular flight....she's in a coma people. WTH would she be able to do that. As small as planes are...she would really be able to sit in a sit and be okay.....let me mention again...she's in a coma....she's in a fragile medical state. The normal airlines probably wouldnt even allow her to fly, she's a legal risk. Lets think people, not everyone is trying to pull a fast one. Duh
JustMe

Andover, CT

#10 Jun 16, 2010
Look at all the people who were flown from Haiti to Florida (for free) to receive (free) medical care. I agree. This country does for everyone but it's own.
Sal

Cleveland, OH

#11 Jun 16, 2010
lyn wrote:
I'm sorry, but this just does not make sense. If all she has is a feeding tube, there is no reason she needs a chartered flight to bring her home. She should be able to fly commercial. Something about this story does not make sense. Sure hope the family is not trying to pull a fast one. Buy a couple of tickets and bring her home, for pete's sake.
Lyn, please listen to the story again. The young lady is in a coma. She needs to be med vac'd home. There are many reasons she needs a charted flight home. The story segmnet due to time did not get out all the information. She has suffered from severe head trauma, has a trache, feeding tube, and is unable to sit up due to her injuries and coma. Your statement that the family might be trying to pull a fast one is a rude and ignorant statement to make. It will cost an estimated 35,000 dollars to bring her home. She has to have medical care on the return flight, do you understand what a "coma" is??? Do not pass judgement on this family who is struggling. This young lady should not have to suffer because of a speeding car who left the scene.
amedd50

Tolleson, AZ

#12 Jun 16, 2010
Check with the State Department and see if the Department of Defense may have a opening on one of their medical flights out of Italy.
Llamamamma

Musashino, Japan

#13 Jun 17, 2010
A lot of you really want the government to step in. I didn't think Americans depended on the government so much. Maybe a bit of indepence and self sufficency is in order? This woman seems to be on the right track. Great work
La Debo Tia

Madrid, Spain

#14 Jun 17, 2010
The entire situation is dreadful. When you travel away from home, HAVE INSURANCE that will cover this type of thing. My son studied abroad for 10 years, and at least 6 months prior to his deaparture, we took out insurance that would cover death, hospital (to a limit), and return home by charged medical flight if need be. After 8 years, we had to use the insurance and I thank GOD every day for having it. We could have never afforted to pay for everything. The girl is in COMA, so basically she needs to be in ICU but on a plane, as something could go wrong at any point. In the end, the guy driving the car will have to pay (that's the law in Europe), but it will take years before you see the money. Also, there is no guarantee that US hospitals are any better that Italian hospitals, so at least the girl is getting good care, as there is full coverage medical care in most of Europe (Italy, Spain, France, etc) and the Doctors there are excellent and can compete with the US. Learn from the experience of others... HAVE INSURANCE to cover things when you are travelling. Think the worst possible scenario and if you can affort to travel, then you can affort insurance!!
Guest

Columbus, OH

#15 Jun 17, 2010
lyn wrote:
I'm sorry, but this just does not make sense. If all she has is a feeding tube, there is no reason she needs a chartered flight to bring her home. She should be able to fly commercial. Something about this story does not make sense. Sure hope the family is not trying to pull a fast one. Buy a couple of tickets and bring her home, for pete's sake.
Ummm, she's in a coma....
madnGa

Aiken, SC

#16 Jun 17, 2010
As much money as our government wastes on senslessness you would think they would pay for this girl to be brought home. Take it out of the salaries of some of the congress or one of the high paid officials that do nothing!!!!!
ge IN

Warsaw, IN

#17 Jun 17, 2010
Maybe Angel Flight ?
RB in VA Beach

Portsmouth, VA

#18 Jun 17, 2010
Maybe a little less DISDAIN for the government/the citizens and a little more grace is in order for this friend. Ask politely, don't blame. And if the family has money for their daughter to "travel for a year" in Italy...people may assume that they could pay for this chartered flight. Accidents (if it was truly an accident)are unfortunate and NOT the responsibility of those who were not the victims,nor the government. Nothing was mentioned about the driver being at fault, either. Has the family appealed to the Italian government, which may be happy to pay the $35,000 to transport her, vice the hundreds of thousands it probably will not recoup from her family for the medical care already provided?
aviator

United States

#19 Jun 17, 2010
She should try to get a hold of the Corportate Angel Network, a group of owners of private aircraft, that provide this kind of transportation for free.
upset in Ohio

Elyria, OH

#20 Jun 17, 2010
Just some back ground information to help clear some things up. This was a hit and run accident while the victim was in a crosswalk with the right away. The driver has simce been arrested. The Italian government has been paying for all of her medical expenses at this point. Julie was staying with a host family. The family has contacted our government with very little response, or no response. Many unreturned phone calls have been made to different departments. The idea was to get her story out there so people could offer assistance and ideas. Please try and keep your comments to positive ones, don't punish Julie and her family with your insensitive remarks.

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