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Weʼre raising £20,000 to help my brother Michael get back on his feet.

Prague, Czech Republic

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Michael desperately needs neurorehabilitation after he sustained a brain injury from a car crash that left him in a coma.
CRASH
The coma lasted 6 months & we were warned he may never wake up, or if he did, how limited his quality of life would be. It took hours of sensory stimulation but finally, amazingly, he woke up.
BUT I CAN'T MOVE
We were overjoyed but it was only step 1 of a long journey ahead. The brain damage caused a large lesion in his brain, affecting his motor neurons & he developed severe spasticity in all limbs. Michael, who has always been independent, comedic & sociable, who lit up every room he walked into, suddenly couldn’t speak or so much as scratch his nose.
We couldn't accept that this would be his life from now on & Michael was determined to get his independence back! We got him to a neurorehabilitation facility & through sweat, pain, hard work & tears progress began. He started gaining movement in the right side of his body, being able to stretch his limbs & began using his right hand again. On his last stay he was also learning to sit without support & start using basic speech with the help of extensive speech therapy.
However, due to a lack of money Michael’s stay had to be cut short & his progress has had to pause.
THE NEXT STEPS - PLEASE HELP THIS CONTINUE
The facilities, treatment & professionals have been phenomenal, but his recovery needs intensive physio, speech therapy & cognitive therapy to help him regain a degree of independence.
Michael's treatment is at the Sanatoria Klimkovice & insurance doesn't cover the £4515 monthly bill. On top of this cost, we have to either be there 24/7 to support Michael (taking time from work) or pay for a carer to do so.
We have used all our life savings & continue to fund Michael as much as possible but we can't do it all. He desperately wants to keep progressing & ultimately get walking again. We would be very grateful for any small donation. A few more months could get his life back.
Koca family

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  • Jana Kocova & Michael Koca1 month ago
    Jana Kocova & Michael Koca

    Jana Kocova & Michael Koca

    1 month ago

    However, we still need your help. One month at the centre costs £4515 for Michael's program, as insurance does not cover such extensive care. This program works on his mobility, speech and cognitive function, with the help of many specialist professionals and some of the amazing equipment seen below. On top of this we have to either be at the centre with him 24/7 or pay for a carer. While we are so excited to see what January brings, please help us keep Michael's progress moving! A few more months could see him get his life back. Thank you.

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  • Jana Kocova & Michael Koca1 month ago
    Jana Kocova & Michael Koca

    Jana Kocova & Michael Koca

    1 month ago

    Thank you all for your help so far! With the help of your kind donations Michael is due to go for another month in the neurorehabilitation facility in January; during his last month there he has learnt to sit without support and start using his right hand, as well as begin building back the muscles in his legs (below) so we are excited to see what this next month brings!

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  • Jana Kocova & Michael Koca5 months ago
    Jana Kocova & Michael Koca

    Jana Kocova & Michael Koca

    5 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    We've just approached 5%. A big thank you to every single supporter who believe in us!

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Page last updated on: 12/8/2018 11:18 AM

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62

  • Jana Kocova

    Jana Kocova

    Dec 8, 2018

    Toy sale

    £5.00

  • Nomusa

    Nomusa

    Nov 20, 2018

    £15.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 19, 2018

    Toys sale... Thank you very much Priscelia

    £15.00

  • Jana Kocova

    Jana Kocova

    Nov 14, 2018

    Thank you very much for your donation Olivia.

    £5.00

  • Tara Hill

    Tara Hill

    Nov 10, 2018

    Raised offline from 10km.

    £20.00

  • Kitty

    Kitty

    Nov 9, 2018

    Michael and Jana you are both amazing, wishing you the best in your recovery Michael xxx

    £10.00

  • Tom Hoy

    Tom Hoy

    Nov 7, 2018

    £5.00

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Jana Kocova & Michael Koca

Jana Kocova & Michael Koca

Prague, Czech Republic

What would you do for your loved ones to help them get better? As my brother Michael looked after me when we were kids, it is now my time to take care of him & do my best to get him the help & support he needs. I'm Jana & I'm asking for your help as I can't do it on my own.

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