LEHI, Utah — Stranded in Nepal whereas battling a uncommon neurological illness, one Utah veteran is struggling to seek out his manner house.
Brandy Nelson mentioned her brother, William Fackrell, has at all times been one to serve — from his time as a scout to his time within the army.
“He would provide the shirt off of his again,” mentioned Nelson.
Eighteen months in the past, Fackrell determined to strive a brand new uniform. He traveled from Utah to Nepal to check Buddhism.
“The circumstances there are positively completely different from right here,” mentioned Nelson.
The siblings have used social media to maintain involved, till only a few days in the past.
“This was what he seemed just like the day that I instructed him I really like him,” mentioned Nelson. It was the day earlier than her brother was placed on a ventilator.
In late March, Fackrell had instructed his sister he was feeling sick.
When he awakened the subsequent morning, Nelson mentioned her brother couldn’t transfer.
“He’s not in a position to shut his eyes,” she mentioned.
Not in a position to eat, communicate or stroll, Fackrell was recognized with Guillain-Barre Syndrome — a uncommon neurological dysfunction the place the physique’s immune system assaults the nervous system.
Fackrell is paralyzed and stranded a world away.
Within the meantime, his household is struggling to seek out and afford an airplane with the proper medical gear and employees that may convey Fackrell house.
“He can’t fly on another aircraft due to his situation,” mentioned Nelson. “He must be on a ventilator.”
The price of an air ambulance is simply too overwhelming for Fackrell’s household. Briefly, they’ve determined to ship Fackrell’s son to Nepal to be within the hospital with him.
“His three children are struggling,” mentioned Nelson.
Although the care in Nepal is holding Fackrell alive, Nelson desires to have her brother house once more and never pay out of pocket for healthcare daily.
“I spoke with him earlier than he was placed on the ventilator,” mentioned Nelson. “I instructed him we needed him house and he shook his head sure.”
The restoration and bodily remedy for GBS can take anyplace from one to 3 years.
The household has reached out to Utah’s senators in hopes to obtain some help in bringing Fackrell house.
There’s a GoFundMe arrange for Fackrell and his household to assist cowl medical bills.