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Help Christopher Bach Return Home For surgery
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C.J. Bach has been hospitalized several times after attempting To assist Central American hurricane relief efforts.
He must return to N.Y.C. A.S.AP to receive treatment for pulmonary fibrosis and other 9/11 related issues.

I am starting this donation page to help assist my brother with emergency medical and travel expenses from Nicaragua to New York City to receive emergency treatment for  idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Christopher James Bach is a decorated firefighter, rescuer/survivor at the collapse of the World Trade Center and the crash of flight 587 the same year,

resulting in significant and severe respiratory injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

 Even as a civilian ,During Hurricane Sandy, Christopher helped rescue others trapped in homes by floodwater escape to safety ahead of a massive fire that destroyed a significant portion of his neighborhood in the rockaways  .

(His own home was severely damaged at that time as well)

Most recently,

with the knowledge that lung diseases caused by his service with the FDNY were becoming more debilitating,

he decided to attempt a last life-long dream of driving the Pan-American Highway to the tip of South America before returning to the US for required treatment.

Unfortunately, his trip was cut short when a hurricane passed through Central America that destroyed roads and bridges to the north and south of him . Essentially trapping him  until infrastructure could be temporarily repaired .

While attempting to assist others recover from the damage of  this storm ,

Christopher became critically ill,collapsed and was hospitalized several times in Costa Rica.

He was Initially being treated for fungal and bacterial pneumonia,

but further testing revealed that his lung disease had progressed much more aggressively than had been anticipated.

and due to  idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He most likely will be in need of a lung transplant in the near future.
Upon release from the hospital, due to lack of financial means to continue paying for further treatment,

Christopher was attempting to return through Costa Rica to the United States,

but was stopped at the border by customs officials who confiscated his truck and possessions because he had overstayed his tourist temporary import visa by  only two days.

He should have been granted a medical waiver, as is Costa Rican law,

but the corrupt officials saw his rapidly failing health as an opportunity to steal his property in hopes that he would not be well enough, or around long enough, to go before a judge and get this miscarriage of justice overturned.

Basically, he was left stranded with his service dog without enough money,  his  essential medical supplies , prescriptions, his clothing and most imperatively, a method to drive themselves home.

While the law is on his side in terms of getting his truck back, legal expenses and red tape are delaying its return and his ability to come home to New York City.

Christopher’s PTSD is a direct result  from witnessing and working multiple major airline accidents.

Due to this ,it makes it extremely difficult  for him  to fly . especially  under these current enormously stressful and life threatening circumstances. 
We are trying to raise money to help bring him home to get on a waiting list for a lung transplant By helping to cover past and present medical , Legal and travel expenses.

Fortunately, due to Christopher’s service and sacrifice while employed as a New York City firefighter,

 All future potentially life-saving treatment should be mostly covered under the umbrella of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

We just need to get him here as as quickly as possible.

It’s imperative that we raise enough money to achieve that goal immediately.

Please do all you can to help us get my brother home.

He needs and deserves to be in the comfort of family and friends as he faces these life threatening issues and  the possible  life saving  major surgery ahead…

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