I am an Ozzie guy far from home, and in desperate need of help. Firstly, I wanted to say that this is the hardest thing I have ever had to write because I have never found myself in this kind of situation before and ''begging'', although common here on the streets, is not something I am comfortable with. So, who am I, what happened and why am I here?
My name is Andrew, I come from Adelaide in South Australia, but currently reside in Santa Marta, Colombia I am a single dad with a five-year-old son, Ian, who currently lives with his grandparents, another complication not worth mentioning here. I only found out that I had a child 1 month after his birth, back in September 2014 and have been trying to get sole custody ever since and return with him to Australia.
Now I have no idea if I will get any help from this campaign, but desperate situations call for desperate measures. As I am ''desperate'', it is worth a shot (no pun intended).
I was shot in the head and left for dead on the street. The sound of the gun firing alerted the neighbors and by sheer luck one of them was a medical professional, who controlled the bleeding until the ambulance arrived.
I was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery. In fact, I am very fortunate to be alive according to the doctors, it must be that crazy Ozzie will to fight for life or just to stay alive for my son.
Due to the appearance of the gunshot would I have been put on unpaid temporary leave from the school I work for teaching English online and no income until at least February 2020.
So now I find myself in debt to the hospital, unable to pay my rent or buy needed medication (antibiotics and pain killers) and here I am.
Total cost in Colombian pesos is rent - 950000 pesos ($398.05 AUD), Hospital 1500000 pesos ($628.50 AUD), so just over $1000. I am asking for $1500 in case of any unforeseen emergency before I get back on my feet.
I simply hope that the kindness of human beings will shine through for this plea and donate to help me over a very difficult time in my life.
Thank you once again and blessings to all.
P.S. I have posted more images online to show that this a genuine plea for help and not a scam. The images can be found at - http://santamartagolfclub.com/help.html. Hospital release records available on request as they contain too much personal information to post here.