A Florida native and Pittsburgh Steelers fan now living in Bali is fighting for his life after a monkey stole his favorite Steelers hat on Monday.
Jeff “Swede” Swedenhjelm fell an estimated distance of 33 feet off a rooftop in Bali chasing the monkey in an effort to get the hat back, according to a report by The Associated Press. Villagers found him and transported him to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with a severe spine injury and currently remains paralyzed from the chest down.
Swedenhjelm is currently in a medically-induced coma and is on a ventilator. His daughter, Lyric, who lives in Destin, Fla., is attempting to get him transported to a country with a spinal specialist who can treat her father after the hospital he’s currently being treated at failed to get him an MRI until 24 hours after the accident, according to Wendy Victoria of the Northwest Florida Daily News.
The family is attempting to raise funds to help pay for medical expenses Swedenhjelm has and will incur, having raised over $41,000 on a GoFundMe page already. The stated goal of the GoFundMe page is to raise $100,000 and states that it will cost at least $30,000 to get him moved to a hospital in Singapore and another $30,000 for treatment.