Tuesday , April 20 2021

Napier's father is fighting for his life facing nervous waiting after $ 27K has been raised for flight home



A Napier dad who fights for his life in Fiji can fly home after more than 27,000 dollars have been raised for him in three days.

But Jarred Thompson's review is far from when his friends prepare him for a potentially "risky" commercial flight on Tuesday.

Jarred Thompson (second left) and his friend Thomas Brook (right) in a Fiji city before Thompson got sick. Photo / Delivered
Jarred Thompson (second left) and his friend Thomas Brook (right) in a Fiji city before Thompson got sick. Photo / Delivered

Thompson enjoyed a vacation in Fiji, celebrating the fact that he was in remission from testicular cancer after 12 months of treatment.

Thompson's trip with close friend Thomas Brook had been postponed one year after the 27-year-old cancer diagnosis.

Part of the planned one-month vacation participated in Three Angels Missionary College, hoping he would learn to improve his health through nutrition.

Jarred Thompson with a six-year-old daughter, Maddison. Photo / Delivered
Jarred Thompson with a six-year-old daughter, Maddison. Photo / Delivered

But on Thursday, Thompson was introduced to Lautoka Hospital after what began as headache quickly became a "potentially life-threatening condition".

After several days of watching Thompson slowly deteriorate, Brook decided to take him back to New Zealand – book flights and drive to a hotel opposite the airport on Wednesday night.

But next day, Thompson did not answer.

Jarred Thompson's friends Sarah Findlay and Billy Eckhold organized a sausage sizzle fundraiser at Anderson Park on Sunday. Photo / Paul Taylor
Jarred Thompson's friends Sarah Findlay and Billy Eckhold organized a sausage sizzle fundraiser at Anderson Park on Sunday. Photo / Paul Taylor

"He could not go, he could not open his eyes and he was ill … I knew I could not get him on a plane so I rushed him to the hospital directly, which was exactly what I tried to avoid but I was left without choice, "said Brook through tears, earlier yesterday.

Brook said that treatment in Fiji was insufficient for what Thompson needed.

"They say palliative care is what they recommend, but they also recommend you get home at home because we may have something more.

"Jarred suffers from pressure on his brain … He can hear me, but can not answer," Brook said.

"It must be torture. He's constantly killing and cranes to announce he is still here."

Thompson has travel insurance, but it did not cover medical evacuation coverage, Brook said.

Earlier yesterday, Brook feared that if they waited longer than Tuesday, they would "look at another form of transport together".

The first window to take him off the island was on Saturday, but with insufficient funds, his evacuation home could not move on.

Now, Brook said that the medical evacuation group will arrive Monday before they fly out of Fiji on Tuesday. The plan is to take Thompson directly from Auckland Airport to Auckland Hospital.

"I can not express happiness at this stage because we are still in the hospital but we are so blessed that we have been able to get the amount in such a short time," Brook said.

He said he always had hope, even they booked unavoidable flights on Saturday night.

"I had a lot of faith".

He must now only sign under paper.

But now he hopes they will be able to get $ 62,000 for a private jet that could be home at home on Monday and would be significantly less risky.

He said before raising $ 27,000 the private jet seemed "invincible".

"That's something we want to explore again.

"Because there's so much pressure in his brain, when we go on a commercial plane, it's not pressurized and we are at greater risk of squeezing and cutting the oxygen into his brain."

He said that the private beam could be "pushed to sea level".

A sausage sizzle fundraiser, organized by Thompson's friend Sarah Findlay and Billy Eckhold at Anderson Park was held yesterday.

Brook said that he had known Thompson for nine years and has been his caregiver over the past year.

"He is by far the strongest man I know. Very caring – a good man with a good heart."

On November 7th, Thompson decided to be baptized – the same day as his six year old daughter, Maddison's birthday.

Brook said that Thompson had not been religious before that.

"I have faith and I like to know that Jarred is a child of God now," Brook said.

To donate to Jarred Thompson's cause, visit: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/get-Jarred-home


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