- The two sons of Montrealer Bruce Wayne Kobuke, a man who was hospitalized while on a trip in Hawaii, have started a GoFundMe page to raise money for their father's extensive medical bills.
- The trip was supposed to be a celebration of their father's retirement but took a turn for the worse.
- Read how you can help Bruce Wayne in his recovery below.
What was supposed to be a dream Hawaii vacation took a tragic turn for Montrealers Bruce Wayne Kobuke and his wife Charlene. While swimming in Hawaii, Kobuke was struck by a large wave and paralyzed from his shoulders down. His family has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for extensive medical bills.
Last month, the 71-year-old Kobuke was enjoying a swim on a Kona Island beach when he was struck by a huge wave that smashed him to the ocean floor. Two more waves took him and he was saved by a lifeguard. He was quickly rushed to a local hospital where it was determined he had to be airlifted to Queen's Hospital in Honolulu.
After undergoing emergency surgery, it was determined that Kobuke was paralyzed from the shoulders down. To make matters worse, he contracted pneumonia from inhaling ocean water.
His two sons, Ben and Nathan, have started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for their father's extensive medical bills and specialized aftercare services. Every donation, no matter how large or small, will go towards helping Kobuke and his family.
As of Monday, the family has raised $48,145 from 430 generous donors.
According to Ben and Nathan Kobuke, their father has made it home and is currently in Montreal at Sacré Coeur Hospital.
He's being evaluated by the medical staff in ICU and visits are limited. Doctors worry that the 71-year-old Kobuke will never be able to walk again.
Despite it all, his family is in good spirits and is happy that their beloved father is still alive.
"We are asking for your generosity and support in helping him go through the challenging journey that lies ahead," writes Ben Kobuke on his father's GoFundMe page.
It'll be a long road to recovery but the family hopes that everyone's generosity will go a long way to helping their situation.
So far, there has been an immense outpouring of support from the local community. Close to $50,000 of their $250,000 goal has already been raised.
The family still doesn't know how much it will cost them for their beloved father's recovery. Negotiations with the hospital in Hawaii are ongoing.
During his time in the hospital last week, Kobuke regained the ability to speak and was even trying to sing along to Don McLean's American Pie.
If you're feeling generous this holiday season, you may donate to Ben Kobuke's cause by visiting his GoFundMe page.