Cape Town - A Strandfontein family has started a crowd-funding page for their son after he contracted a rare disease while taking a gap year in America.
Michael Kammies, 21, loves travelling but his family’s worst fears came true when they learnt he had been hospitalised in New York after being diagnosed with Autoimmune Encephalitis.
The disease is an inflammation of the brain cells, often due to infection, and has various neurological and psychiatric symptoms which may include impaired memory and cognition, abnormal movements, seizures and problems with balance, speech, or vision.
Michael has been in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit for the last four weeks at Winthrop University Hospital in Long Island, where he was placed into an induced coma.
His family now needs help paying his medical bills and to bring him home.