An online fundraiser has been launched to help a Kamloops man who just spent nine months in hospital — including on life support and in a coma — battling COVID-19.
Ken Sugimoto was released from hospital on Oct. 31 after being admitted on Feb. 5 with severe complications from pneumonia. It was later determined the had contracted COVID-19 while outside of Canada and his respiratory complications were from the disease.
During his time in hospital, Sugimoto was on life support and in a coma, which has affected his mobility. Because of Sugimoto’s deteriorated muscle mass, he is currently unable to walk on his own and requires assistance with everyday activities.
Money is being raised to help Sugimoto and family with funding for mobility aids and services needed, including a $15,000 continuous stairlift needed for him to access the upper living level of his home.
was estimated at almost $15,000.
Fundraiser organizer Meghan Huberdeau of Prince George has set $20,000 as the goal and, as of Friday morning (Nov. 13), $9,000 had been raised.
“For those of us that know this kind-hearted man, Kenny has put a smile on all our faces,” Huberdeau said on the GoFundMe page. “It’s now our turn to put a smile on his face.”
Those wishing to help can go online to gofundme.com and search “A life up for Ken Sugimoto.”
The site can also be found by clicking here.