Over the weekend friend of the Nation Owen passed along a story about his cousin Bill that is fighting for his life in Thailand. We want to do what we can to help bring him home. Be warned that this is not a hockey article, and there are no trade proposals going on here.

If you haven’t seen the story, Bill Hughes (shown above) is a local fire fighter that took a vacation to Thailand where he was bitten by a mosquito that was infected with the Japanese Encephalitis virus. The symptoms of the virus can vary from person to person, but it struck Bill with full force and landed him in a coma with his status not changing much since mid-January. Upon hearing the news, Bill’s daughter Jillian jumped on the first flight to Thailand and has been at his side ever since. It’s time to bring them both home. 

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As you can imagine, the Hughes family desperately wants to bring Bill home, and we want to do what we can to help make that happen. In order to get home the family needs to raise upwards of $200,000 to cover medical expenses and arrange a specialized flight with Angel Flight to ensure that Bill makes it home safely. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to collect donations to try and bring Bill home to resume care back in Edmonton. Obviously the family needs a warehouse full of cash to make this happen and anything you can do to help will be greatly appreciated. 

If you don’t have any money available to donate we completely understand, but I ask that you still help us out by sharing the link to this article on your social media accounts. Don’t have social media? Plaster the neighbourhood with posters or tell your friends. Bill is an avid Oilers fan and a Citizen of the Nation and we wanted to use the platform we have to raise even more awareness, and help the Hughes family bring him home. To get thing rolling even more, the Nation will be donating $500 to the Hughes family to help the cause.

Thanks to all of you that took the time to read this, donate, and help us spread the word. If there’s one thing that the Nation can always be counted on it’s helping out a fellow citizen that is in need. 


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From Bill’s daughter, Jill, in regards to Travel Insurance:

I assure you that before making the decision to come back home I have exhausted all options available to us. My father is in one of the top hospitals in the country and the care is excellent, which is why We have stayed here as long as we could. Without giving out personal information about my father, we are told he will be in the hospital for an amount of time that greatly exceeds what our recourses will allow. I promise you I have already both thought of and thoroughly researched the points you brought up. Unless I win the lottery I will not be able to facilitate my dads recovery in Thailand. Trust me I didn’t want the hype either, we are simply in a bad position and are trying to do the right thing for him. Thank you for your concern and for the information. Jill

    • Of course you’d be a dick on an article like this. Of course you would.

      You know, people email me to get rid of you with semi regularity and I’m really thinking about it. Would ON be a better place without your miserable schtick? It might be.

          • Quicksilver ballet

            It was a valid question. You’re the one over reacting/ throwing fuel on the fire.

            There’s nothing more personal than asking a person to pull out their wallet and support a business or cause. There is no such thing as a stupid question when you choose to get involved in something like this.

            If you’re going to undertake a task such as this, atleast be equipped with the proper information for those whom may have often asked questions that will influence their decision.

            Be better man…this is neither the time and place to be wielding your kangaroo court justice system.

          • chickenStew

            The guy needs help.
            The story behind why is available to read.

            If you need to justify why you help out or don’t help out, that’s your own business. It’s not BM’s, or anyone else’s on this site.

            -One man needs help.
            -Another man asked us to help him if we could.

            That’s all any decent person needs to know.

            Either put up or shut up.

  • Petrolero

    As for travel insurance, I’m pretty sure they will cover his care while there but they don’t cover specialized flights back home. That was a stupid thing to ask.

  • Name

    Let’s shift the comments focus back to a tough situation and rally in support rather than bicker back and forth.

    The nation is powerful and able to help out in this situation.

  • Shredder

    aaaannnnnndddd DONE. Donation made.

    I usually don’t do this kind of thing, but it’s not like you can control which mosquitoes bite you. And man oh man would I want some help if the positions were reversed.

    On a side note, don’t you just love the tech today. GoFundMe seems like such a simple idea, and yet, I didn’t come up with it…

  • Abby Oil

    Fantastic BM! Thanks for sharing. Eagerly awaiting for this flight to come to fruition. Took a moment to be thankful for what I have today. Mine and my family’s health at the top of the list.

  • Petrolero

    This seems like the kind of thing the Canadian consulate should be all over. I know they help cover the costs of repatriation for deceased citizens, one would think they could help in situations like this. Maybe someone could send a letter to the appropriate ppl.

  • Oilerz4life

    Can you guys just stop with the bickering on this one? Can you do that? All of the chatter really doesn’t matter. If you are an Oilers fan think about what they would do with something like this. Just give what you can if you believe in the cause. If you don’t, just stay uninvolved and no one will judge you.

    But if you believe in it, just give what you can, if you can, GoFundMe is really simple and user friendly. Or share on Facebook and help get the word out a bit. Every little bit as a community of hockey fans is what is going to help as a whole to bring the man home.

    So lets put our differences aside and show what we can do as a group as an online community and help grow the cause with the synergy that makes the sum greater than it’s individual parts.

  • toprightcorner

    First time donating at Go Fund Me, surprised at how fast and easy it was, 3 minutes tops.

    If all Nation readers out there would give only $10-$20, we could cover a huge portion of the cost to get this man/father home where he belongs.

  • Spydyr

    Very sad story, my heart goes out to the family.

    I have to admit the travel insurance did cross my mind but at this point does it matter?

    What matters now is getting Bill home.

  • Wow, I didn’t think anyone would stoop so low as to turn a good-hearted, charitable article into a stage for their trolling… life must really suck when that’s how you get your pleasures.

    • Shredder

      We just learned he’s in the insurance industry – probably the lowest of professions when compared to others on ethics. We should be surprised by nothing from here on in with his posts.

      • Shameless Plugger

        That’s pretty low ball. My wife is a CIP (Chartered Insurance Proffesional) and I like to think she is an ethical person. Perhaps you should think before you speak.

        Sorry BM for posting that on what should be a serious effort to bring this man home. I have donated what I can afford. Here’s to hoping we can get this man and his daughter home!

        • Shredder

          I’m not going to bite on this one, nor am I going to comment on your wife (although you left that wide open for a comment). Let’s agree not to argue.

          Good for you for donating.

  • Oilerz4life

    The amount raised is already just about 50,000, a quarter of what is needed at 200,000. If you check the donations are 20 dollars here, 5 dollars there, so every little bit is adding up to already just about a quarter of what is needed already!

  • Curcro

    Just a point of note here regarding insurances, maybe it will help with your future travels.

    Travel Insurance is all in the fine print, most policies cover medical treatment; look into the fine print and ensure the clause is written so that the decision on care is a the discretion of a medical professional and note the insurance company.

    Ensure it has medical evacuation cover; most of the higher end policies will include it automatically.

    Pay attention to the out clauses related to activities. Many insurances won’t cover you for extreme sports, or activities they consider high risk. E.G. Scuba Diving, Motorcylcing, Mountain Climbing, racing, skiing. You need to have extra cover often for these things.

    Your credit card insurance is likely to be equivalent to a low-end policy in this regard.

    Existing medical conditions is another big one. If you have received treatment for something in the past and they can relate it back you won’t be covered without additional premium.

    You get what you pay for with insurance. So there is definitely a balance to be had.

    Side note $200K to get back is actually a great deal. We paid $650K to get a client from LA to Auckland. So they are doing well.

  • Petrolero

    There is a difference between a regular flight back home and an air ambulance. Very few insurances carry that and it’s not part of your standard travel insurance. If you are involved in the industry you should know that.

    Just found out the federal government doesn’t pay for that either. So their best option is going to be the generosity of strangers.

  • McRaj

    Hey Mr. Perfect why don’t you stop trolling and learn a lesson or two on compassion for someone who spends his day to day life trying to help others.

    Baggedmilk, throw this guy out of here man.