Local Hero nominee for 2019, Jean Ellingson was in a mini bus accident in June 2019 while driving athletes back from the South African Championships.
Jean was the only one injured in the accident.
Jean has failed to make a full recovery as expected and went to the East London government hospital for treatment.
She was then given pain medication and again sent home to recover. Three months after the accident Jean was still unable to walk without crutches and saved all the money she could to have another set of x-rays. The x-rays revealed no broken bones but cannot see the tendons of the knee.
It is now seven months since the accident, Jean still cannot use her knee and has sever pain in her other hip and constant spasms in her ribs. Working or standing on her leg results in swelling and pain. Jean is also suffering from blinding headaches which are a result from her neck which keeps her in bed for days.
Jean is a single mother who receives no support from her ex-husband for their daughter. She has no family in South Africa that can help her.
She is unable to currently work as a rowing coach and has not been able to coach the children from Duncan Village. Things are so bad now financially that Jean is unable to stay in South Africa.
It is Jean's deepest wish to go an recover and live with my only family in the UK.
The problem is that even though Jean is selling everything she own's, it's not enough money for them to buy tickets to get to her family. Her brother is also not in a financial position to take care of Jean and her daughter here in South Africa.
Thank you for caring enough to help.