An anonymous donor paid for Bruce and Narcene Campbell to take an emergency medical flight back to the United States after Bruce suffered a stroke.
Narcene and Bruce Campbell were enjoying a Christmas cruise near the Bahamas when disaster struck. Bruce suffered a devastating stroke, and was immediately transported to a hospital in Freeport. However, the hospital told them that Bruce would have to seek care in a better-equipped medical facility.
At that point, Narcene knew that there was nothing she could do. As her husband lay helpless in the hospital bed, she was told that an emergency medical flight to the United States would cost over $20,000. There was no way she and her husband could cover that cost.
However, an anonymous good samaritan decided to pay the costs in full. His only condition was that his name never be made public, according to ABC 15 News.
“I was told this flight would cost over 20 thousand dollars. I know people are compassionate but who would really do that?” Narcene Campbell told ABC 15. “I was in disbelief that it was finally happening but I was so grateful that it was.”
A Christmas angel
Bruce was transported to Wilmington, N.C. on Christmas Eve, and is currently being treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Narcene has referred to the anonymous donor as a “Christmas angel”.
“This person is my Christmas angel. He’s my Christmas miracle,” Narcene said. “If he’s listening or he sees this, he needs to know that we are so grateful to him, and that once I’m able to I’m going to pay this forward. I’m going to find someone who needs help and I’m going to help them.”
Bruce is currently in a medically-induced coma, and it is unclear whether or not he will recover.
“When we got to the hospital, they did another scan on his brain and realized the stroke was more powerful than we were told which caused him to relapse,” Narcene said. “They informed me because it was so many hours past the onset of his stroke, the typical procedures to treat the stroke were not an option any longer.”
Narcene also thanked those who donated to a Go Fund Me page to help the couple when they were stranded in the Bahamas. The page states that Bruce is “the owner of Sea Critters Depot in Myrtle Beach SC” and that he ” is known for giving back to (the) community.” The fundraiser has currently raised over $17,000 for Bruce’s medical expenses.
Paying it forward
In the spirit of the Christmas season, people in the Campbell’s community have come together to help the couple in their time of need. In addition, their friends and family have been praying for a speedy recovery for Bruce. But these acts of kindness aren’t the only ones that have taken place in and around the Caribbean this year. Check out the articles below for more stories, and don’t forget to “pay it forward” when someone shows kindness to you!
Main image: Bruce and Narcene Campbell (Photo via Tonya Bennett)
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