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A Paralyzed American Teacher, Stranded In Thailand, Is Coming Home

University graduate working in Thailand wakes up unable to move Nine9HoneyLatestUniversity graduate working in Thailand wakes up unable to move By Maddison Leach| 2 hours ago
Celia Hoffman | 06 January, 2019, 08:36

A 22-year-old woman who recently graduated from the University of MS and left to Thailand is now stuck in the country after developing Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare disorder that has left her paralyzed from the neck down.

A USA woman woke up unable to move after being struck with a paralysing illness while working in Thailand. A friend in the Xplore Asia program drove her to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Guillain-Barre Syndrome. On December 21, Caroline Bradner began feeling weak and started to find it hard to walk, her family wrote on a GoFundMe page initially set up to raise money to fly her home.

Caroline's sister Pierce has since created a GoFundMe page called 'Help Bring My Sister with Paralysis Back to U.S.' To date, $76,000 has been raised. Her father said the school had been supportive throughout the ordeal.

On December 22, she woke up unable to move, her brother Pierce wrote in a GoFundMe post.

The insurance company that had initially denied to cover the costs of a special transport for Bradner back to the United States, reversed course and agreed to pay for her return. The autoimmune disorder causes the immune system to attack the body's nerves, causing muscle weakness and paralysis.

"She's scared because she can't move", she told WTVR, "But she is really strong and really fearless".

Bradner, a recent graduate of University of MS, had been living in Surat Thani on the east coast of Thailand's southern peninsula teaching primary school English for two months when she started feeling weak.

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'We see improvements every day, ' the father said. She can now move her fingers. 'They may be small improvements'.

'Her being in Thailand has totally changed her outlook on life, ' the father added.

'We're trying to get quotes on what it's going to cost to bring Caroline home on a stretcher flight, ' Caroline's father said.

Lisa Caponetto, a claims examiner for World Nomads Travel Insurance - which is not involved in Bradner's case - explained that for many travellers and people overseas for temporary stays, travel insurance provides a backup to their primary insurance in their home nation. "She's a great person, the best sister". And they all want the same thing. They want them to come home. "We've got to give them credit, the doctor pretty quickly had a good idea that was what the problem was". "She says the people there are incredible, always happy".

Fortunately, Caroline is staying positive despite her situation. "So she's trying to do anything physical, physical therapy she can do to get home". The money will now be used to pay for her medical bills and rehabilitation, her family said. I think she wants to live like that.

"They are pulling for her and want to get her home as soon as possible, so she can get the care she needs".

Caroline's sister, Pierce, is adamant her sister is a fighter and will make it through her illness.

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