Perusing my daily dose of travel writers forums for the day a few weeks back, I noticed an article about travel writer Patti Morrow who had been injured in South Africa.  She and her brother were on their way to Aquila Safari when she was involved in a severe motor vehicle crash.

Cape Town, South Africa map

Cape Town, South Africa map

Their car was struck by another vehicle on the passenger side, where she was sitting.  Rescue workers had to use the ‘Jaws of Life’ and pneumatic cutting equipment to extract her from the vehicle.  Her injuries were life-threatening.  She was rushed to the Worcester Hospital to repair her torn diaphragm and to re-position her stomach and intestines, which had herniated into the thoracic cavity.

Patti Morrow, travel writer

Patti Morrow, travel writer

She was then sent to MediClinic Worcester to reconstruct her completely severed left femur and to reposition it back into her hip joint. Her pelvis was cracked in five places, her clavicle and right wrist were broken, and she has numerous sprains, bruises, bumps and cuts, neck pain and frequent headaches. She also developed a staph infection in her bladder from the catheter that was in for two weeks.

Patti Morrow's Xray

Patti Morrow’s Xray

As a former practicing Chiropractic Physician and current travel writer, I was immediately struck by her conditions and felt compassion for her predicament.  Throughout the last 20 years, I have seen hundreds of patients that have been involved in these type of motor vehicle crashes that have struggled with regaining their health.

As I was reading the article she wrote while still at the MediClinic Worcester, she mentioned the frustrations she was having with getting air flighted back to the United States due to Blue Cross insurance issues and her inability to communicate for lack of WIFI at the hospital.  I thought I might have the connections to help her with at least one of these problems and immediately contacted X-Com Global to see if they would send her a MiFi unit for her to use while she was still stuck in South Africa.  I had previously done a review of the MIFI product and really enjoyed having it on my international travel for work.

MIFI Hot Spot by XCOM Global

MIFI Hot Spot by XCOM Global

I am grateful to X-Com Global for sending her a MiFi for South Africa within days of my contacting them!  She has been able to use it while she was stuck there due to her health insurance company’s red tape to be able to fly her back to the United States.

Here is an excerpt of an email I recently received from her:

“Hi, Cacinda and Joe – it’s Patti. I’ve been released to fly back to the US on Sunday 6/29. I can’t wait – it’s been a long 7 weeks, but I’m getting better and better, and more mobile every day.

I can’t thank you enough for taking on the Mifi issue – really a wonderful and selfless thing that you did, and it made such a difference in my quality of life while hospitalized.”

So it looks like she should be in-flight today!  Thanks again X COM GLOBAL!