Without travel insurance B.C. The family is fighting to bring the injured father home from Thailand – BC

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Without travel insurance B.C. The family is fighting to bring the injured father home from Thailand - BC
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A family from Nanaimo, BC, lives a cautionary tale about the dangers of traveling abroad without emergency insurance.

On Sunday, the Lantville Pub hosted a fundraising campaign with the family of Vancouver Island-born Dan Treacher, who needed a costly medical evacuation from Thailand.

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The 66-year-old traitor has been a regular guest in the country since his marriage to a Thai couple a few years ago. In September, he fell off a ladder with his wife and suffered a severe head injury.

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An initial brain operation saved his life, but complications took him to the hospital.

"He's fighting for his life and wants to go home," said Treacher's daughter Lisa Robson.

Robson says her father does not have a health plan for him in Thailand, and she and her sisters paid for his ongoing care – which costs about $ 2,000 a week.

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But bringing Treacher home will cost a lot more. The daughters were told that the most cost-effective medical evacuation would cost about $ 75,000. and you have to come up with that yourself.

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"Our messages have limited opportunities to do something for us," said daughter Cherril Hoot.

"It's not like the movies you're in are going to take you home, that's not how it works."

Travel expert Claire Newell says the experience of Treacher is a lesson for other travelers.

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"It's a great memory for all consumers: If you travel anywhere outside the Canadian borders, you must have travel insurance – at least for emergencies," she said.

Newell adds that travelers should read the fine print of all policies and make sure they know how they are protected before they buy or board a plane.

The daughters of Treacher hope their fundraiser will bring them a few thousand dollars – not enough to bring their father home, but at least a start.

As they look for other financing options, they remain optimistic that Treacher will hold out until the aid arrives.

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"He's a fighter beyond all fighters because he still walks," Hoot said.

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