Employees at a Belleville trucking company are urging the community to rally behind their efforts to raise enough cash to aid one of their co-workers in her bid to bring home her critically-injured son from Vietnam. Employees at International Truckload Services Incorporated have raised about $2,000 of the projected $100,000 needed to pay air ambulance services to transport Ryan Gallaher, 31, back to an healthcare facility in London, Ontario. Joreen Fisk, one of the co-ordinators of the employees fundraising efforts, said Gallaher is in a coma after he sustained serious head injuries, when he apparently lost control of his moped and ran into a ditch. Gallaher was out riding with a group of friends when the incident occurred June 3. Fisk said it s still unclear what exactly caused the crash. "His friends came upon him in the ditch," she said. "We don t even know if he was hit or it was just himself who was involved." Gallaher is the son of Lisa Hamilton, a Stirling resident who has been working with the trucking firm for about six years. Fisk said Hamilton has been in Vietnam with her son since Wednesday after the devastating news about his crash rocked her family. "He s had four operations so far," Fisk said. Gallaher has been teaching English in the Southeast Asian country for two years. Fisk said Gallaher was home for the holidays in December. She said his efforts to find a job in the Quinte area during that time were to no avail. "He s been back in Vietnam now for a couple of months," she said. Friday afternoon, Joreen Fisk and a string of her employees staged a fundraising barbecue to drum awareness about Hamilton s plight. Fisk said they will continue hosting those barbecues every Friday. Fisk said the family is feeling the crunch as Gallaher s Ontario healthcare insurance was suspended because of his extended stay outside of Canada. Fisk said they are currently setting up a trust fund account with a local bank, so people can donate. "The unfortunate thing is that he doesn t have his Ontario health insurance in place here," she said. Fisk said correspondence with Hamilton has been limited but the distraught mother has expressed concern about the need to get her son to healthcare facility equipped to cater to his dire needs. Fisk said Gallaher was moved from a triage facility into hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. "That was risky to move him," she said. "Even now he s not getting the care he should get." Fisk said the objective is to move Hamilton to a Bangkok, Thailand hospital today, so he can be treated by neurosurgeons. "They re looking at bringing him to Ontario," she said. "Lisa s family doctor said that just that trip alone could be $100,000 to $130,000. It s going to be a long haul to get that." In one of the e-mails, Hamilton wrote to her colleagues she said "this has been the scariest experience of my life." Hamilton wrote that the Canadian consulate in Vietnam was collaborating with their Bangkok counterparts to provide her with some support, when she arrived there Saturday. In an e-mail sent Friday, Hamilton wrote about the plans to move Gallaher to Bangkok today.
International Truckload Services Inc is Belleville-based company (Ontario, Canada) with a phone number 800.267.1888. Our data show that the company is located at the address: Ont. The company has a web site: www.itstruck.ca.
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