By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -
Imagine suffering a medical emergency in a foreign country, half a world away.
It happened to a man from Overland Park, KS, in Japan. Now, his family is trying to come up with a way to get him home where he can recover.
It's been five long months since Mike Lang suffered a massive brain hemorrhage.
"He was getting ready to go out with his wife for dinner then had a tremendous headache, then went into convulsions," Don Lang, Mike's father, said.
He moved to Japan with his wife in 2011.
"We got text from Rie that something tragic had happened," Don Lang said.
"She said, ‘call as soon as possible. Mike is in the hospital,'" Susan Lang, Mike's mother, said.
Mike Lang was in a coma for two months and only just came out of it in late February. He has limited use of the left side of his body. He's at a hospital in Okinawa, but Japan's state provided medical coverage runs out Aug. 1.
"Right now he's doing as well as can be expected, for the situation. He's getting probably one hour a day of physical therapy," Susan Lang said.
His family has gone to visit him. Susan Lang stayed in Japan for three months until her visa ran out and Mike Lang's sister is currently there and will be there until June.
His parents said the language barrier is slowing his recovery and their understanding of how exactly his treatment is going.
"English is a very really big problem for us, for Mike as well, trying to understand what's going on, where he's at, what he's doing," Don Lang said.
Every day his parents search and search for answers. They've found two options so far - charter a medical flight, which costs up to $300,000, or risk a commercial flight with medical supervision.
"If we have Don and one Mike's friends, who is big and strong, and a physician's assistant who could administer medicine, we're estimating about $50,000," Susan Lang said.
They've reached out to senators, their church, and friends and family, anything to bring Mike Lang home.
"We are being told by doctors that, with more help, rehab, in an English-speaking environment, his entire situation can change," Don Lang said.
If they can't raise the money to get him home by August, his family said they have no idea where he would go.
The Lang's set up a Facebook donation page. Click here to visit it.
People can also help them by donating to any U.S. Bank brand location or by mailing a check to:
U.S. Bank "Get Mike Lang Back to Kansas Fund" 10100 W. 119th St. Overland Park, KS 66213
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