Friday, March 7, 2008

Uninsured Teacher Burned in Fire

In late February, Bill Kapoun (American) was caught in a fire at his apartment in Seoul, South Korea. Although he is alive, he has third degree burns on almost 70 percent of his body. He is currently in critical condition in the ICU burn ward at a hospital in Seoul. Bill had been teaching children here for over a year.

The cause of the fire has not been determined at this time. It is believed that the fire began in Bill's living room, and when he awoke during the night to investigate or escape, he was knocked down by a backdraft. However, these details have not been confirmed by authorities.

Medical bills are expected to exceed $100,000 (US). A burn hospital in the USA has volunteered to give Bill free medical treatment, but the medical transport flight to the USA will cost more than $60,000 (US) even with a huge discount. His friends and family have established two websites to help generate funds for his medical bills. You can read updates at this site, and you can donate funds at this site. (The pictures are pretty shocking!)

For anyone out there who attends our church, what do you think our church should do in response to this crisis?
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