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> Breaking my Back in Ethiopia (and my ankle too…), Serious Van Crash on my Missionary Trip
post Mar 28 2008, 08:06 AM
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Hello everyone. It’s been over a month and a half since I have been home from my missionary trip to Ethiopia. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from this trip is that ANYTHING can happen when you’re traveling abroad so make sure you’re prepared for it.

I went to Ethiopia, Africa to help the Fistula Foundation and while I was there I was in a serious van crash (no seatbelts or airbags) and broke my left ankle and a vertebrae in my spine. After the crash, some kind strangers took me to a nearby hospital. When I got to the hospital I found out that I needed surgery (which wasn’t possible in Ethiopia). I had to be transported to the nearest hospital where they could do the surgery, which was in Tel Aviv, Israel. To make matters worse, sometime during the accident I lost my insurance card. Thankfully, my friend called my parents and they were able to get a hold of Seven Corners (my travel medical insurance company).

Seriously, I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have travel insurance—my mom says it was the best $368 she’s ever spent. They paid for my healthcare in Ethiopia and transported me to Tel Aviv for my surgery on my back and ankle. They even paid for my mom to fly from the United States to Tel Aviv to be with me. The insurance company also had a medical person fly home with me to Minnesota, and they are still paying for my follow-up medical care.

I don’t know too much about other travel insurance companies, but I really recommend Seven Corners if you are traveling internationally. I could not have afforded and received the care I did without them.

Safe and happy travels to all!
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