(KMOV) -- Friends and family are desperately trying to raise money to fly 25-year old Jason Denis from the country of Botswana in Africa, to St. Louis. But it might cost them as much as $150,000.
Jason and his wife, Monet, live in High Ridge but she immigrated to the U.S. from Africa. The two traveled to Botswana in September to visit Monet's family. While there, Jason accidentally overdosed on a pain killer that he was prescribed by a doctor, to treat his chronic back pain. On October 8th Jason was found unresponsive and rushed to the hospital where he was revived but remained in a coma for a period of time. He's now out of a coma but his neurological condition is such that he can't move or speak and needs the care of a neurologist, but there are none in the region where he is. So his family is working hard to get him home.
Jason's family has been in contact with the U.S. Embassy in South Africa and numerous non profit organizations with contacts in Africa, including Wings of Hope, which is based in the St. Louis area. They've been told that an air ambulance jet, equipped with a medical staff which could accompany Jason on the 40 hour flight to St. Louis could run as high as $150,000. That's more than his family can afford.
On Thursday, there will be a golf tournament to benefit Jason Denis at the Crescent Farms Golf Club in Eureka. The Phone number at Crescent Farms is 636-938-6200. Also a fund called, the "Bring Me Home Fund" has been set up at the Commerce Bank in Fenton.