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Help end this Nightmare, Please!

Help end this Nightmare, Please!

All he wanted to do was live. And he did... for the past 7 years Shachar has lived (with a constant smile on his face) even though the surgery that was supposed to save his life left him totally paralyzed. But now, since he does not have a place he can call home, he feels stuck in a never ending nightmare.Shachar wanted to come to Israel to visit his siblings, nieces, and nephews. He hadn't seen them in years... He finally got the courage to make the 14 hour trip from the USA to Israel.It was amazing... the first two weeks that is. And then one night it started with a small cough that had him hospitalized and intubated within 24 hours - and the worst nightmare that one could ever imagine was only starting.Shachar had a terrible case of pneumonia and one collapsed lung. The next 3 and a half months he spent in the hospital he was connected to a respirator, unable to talk, eat or drink. The doctors didn't think he would make it... but he did - because my brother is a survivor and the toughest person I know.When it was time for Shachar to be discharged from the hospital, the doctors wanted to place him in a rehabilitation facility, because he did not have a safe and suitable home to go to. While spending some time at a temporary apartment, graciously given to us by a wonderful family, we scrambled all around Jerusalem and surrounding areas to find Shachar a home. We finally managed to find an apartment that was partially wheelchair accessible but then again it is TOTALLY empty. It is hot. It is sticky. The only permanent furniture is Shachar's bed, wheelchair and major kitchen appliances. Anyone that comes to visit sits on the floor or one of the two folding chairs someone brought over.Shachar is currently under home care with a full time attendant and continual medical supervision with home visits from doctors and nurses. Shachar can not fly back to the USA since his medical condition is too fragile and the doctors say it would be too risky. He can hardly even go out of the house. It is difficult to live in such bare conditions far from friends and family.Shachar, who used to be fully independant and one day woke up in a paralyzed body, was able to muster all the strength he had left and make the best out of his life. But here, in this heat, in a new country, in an empty yet stuffy apartment, without most of his personal belongings, his life is even more difficult than before.My goal is to raise enough money to buy an air conditioning unit, furniture, a bedroom set, retrieve Shachar's personal belongings, and his wheelchair accessible van from the USA - and make Israel start to feel like home.If we can make Shachar a bit more comfortable it will give him the strength to keep pushing forward like he has always managed to do in the past.Shachar we love you. We care about you. Everyone together will get you through this... you are NOT alone!

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