Aerialist who pennyless neck in Bali lands in Taiwan for surgery


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An American aerialist, who shattered her neck in mixed places during an aerial hoop opening in Bali, finally arrived in Taiwan Wednesday (Nov. 8) on medevac, and is undergoing medicine currently (Nov. 10), over dual weeks given her hideous accident. 

On Oct. 26, Samantha Lee, 28, who goes by a theatre name “Sam Panda,” was in a midst of a opening of aerial hoop in front of an assembly during Finn’s Beach Club in Canggu, Bali when a cable supporting her apparatus unexpected and inexplicably released, causing her to run true for a hard, concrete stage. As she was in an inverted position during a impulse a wire gave way, she landed conduct first, causing mixed injuries to her neck. 

When she arrived during a hospital, doctors detected that she suffered a damaged C5 vertebrae, as good as two detonate discs between C5 and C6 and C6 and C7. She also has spinal cord repairs and a shard of bone lodged in her spinal cord that is preventing her from walking. She also perceived 8 stitches on her conduct for lacerations to her scalp. 

Despite a fact that Lee has a work assent and was entirely insured by her employer, Finn’s Beach Club, a company’s insurance would not pay for a obligatory medical evacuation. The owner, a former Australian soccer star Tony Smith, has come under fire for not charity to redress a conditions and yield remuneration for her medical depletion and a medicine overseas. 

International SOS, a medical ride assistance firm, told her member that it would cost US$40,000 to ride her from Bali to Taipei. 

Lee’s friends and family set adult a GoFundMe site to lift a supports to cover her moody to Taipei, with a faith that Taiwan National Health Insurance (NIH) would cover a cost of a surgery. Thus far, she has lifted US$69,250, that lonesome a cost of a moody to Taipei.

However, once she arrived in Taipei, she was sensitive that since she has been out of a nation for dual years, she is no longer authorised for NIH coverage, according to an refurbish on her GoFundMe page. As a medicine is already prolonged overdue, “Sam and her father will have to compensate for this out of slot as well,” according to a update. 

Upon nearing in Taipei on Wednesday a summary from Lee was posted on a GoFundMe site saying:

“To everybody who has been so extraordinary and supportive, generally @cirque_physio and with her large heart and outrageous offer to assistance me, we only wish to contend appreciate we from a bottom of my heart. To my playground family around a world, there is no improved organisation than you. You’ve come out with difference of adore and support and donations that have gotten me by these final terrible 12 days. 
I will take a time when I’m feeling a bit improved in a few days to give updates and respond to all a adore you’ve shown me. 
To my friends and family, we adore we all really much. Thanks for being so insanely awesome. 
The highway to liberation finally starts today. we adore we all.”

Today during 8:23 a.m., she posted a following summary on Facebook only before entering surgery:

Overwhelmed with a adore for today’s large surgery. I’ll refurbish as shortly as I’m unwavering and feeling well. Thank we so really much. 
I adore you.

Fore those wishing to make a donation to assistance cover her endless medical expenses, greatfully revisit her GoFundMe site


Image of Lee being evacuated to Taiwan. (Image from Lee’s GoFundMe page)

The following is video of Lee’s injury. Warning! This video is striking and might be unfortunate to some viewers. 

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