The popular travel blogger Kaitlyn McCaffery was in a horrible scooter accident in Bali, Indonesia on July 31. She now has a brain injury, is in a coma and fighting for her life. She reportedly bought international medical insurance, but the company won’t pay for her evacuation. The family is desperate to get her back to America where she can get the proper care. They are asking for donations to pay for McCaffery’s safe return home.
So far the GoFundMe page has raised over $205,000 for the Instagram influencer’s safe evacuation out of Bali and back to the United States. According to her family, 100 percent of the donations will go to covering the cost of “experienced international medevac [companies], such as Air Med or International SOS.” And “due to the distance and Covid-related border closures,” the estimated price is $250,000.
The family has already connected with a “major trauma hospital in Northern California that is able to accept and care for” Kaitlyn McCaffery. As donations continue to pile up, it’s possible the family will be able to pay for the travel blogger’s return home. The GoFundMe page was created two days ago and is already nearing its quarter-of-a-million-dollar goal.
“Help bring Kaitlyn home!” the family wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Kaitlyn needs her family by her side. 100% of your donations will be used to assist in evacuating Kaitlyn to California and to help pay for her care. Any donations not used for her care will be donated to a nonprofit that assists patients with traumatic brain injuries and their families.”
According to the travel blogger’s family, the tragic scooter accident occurred last week during one of Kaitlyn McCaffery’s international excursions. She was returning to her apartment on her moto-scooter when she crashed, though exactly what happened is unknown. Two bystanders found the woman on a remote road. She was “alone, unconscious, broken, and bleeding,” according to the GoFundMe page. “Without their help, she surely would have died.”
Kaitlyn McCaffery is in a coma at a hospital in Denpasar, Bali. Her family says she “suffered a traumatic brain injury,” as well as other serious injuries in the accident. Her chance of survival has not been reported and the extent of the brain trauma is unknown. “It has been a challenge to communicate with the hospital staff due to the immense language barrier,” the family wrote.
The travel blogger is a U.S. citizen. She grew up in Santa Clara, California, and graduated with a business degree from California State Fullerton. Five years ago the travel blogger “set off to travel the world” and has since visited over 50 countries.
McCaffery shares engaging content on her Instagram page, posting her adventures in foreign countries. She has gone “full-time around the world,” according to her Instagram bio. She is also the co-founder of Sunfara, a travel accessories company that is “changing people’s relationship with manufacturing.”
The Sunfara co-founder posted a picture on the company’s official Instagram page. The picture shows McCaffery and her friend on scooters alongside the caption: “Off we go to work today! This is how we will get all around Bali and we absolutely love it.” Beneath the caption are “rules of the road,” which include “confidence is key” and “dodge all the potholes on the shortcut.”
Though Kaitlyn McCaffery is in critical condition, her family is unable to visit her in the hospital. “Due to strict Covid-19 restrictions, the Indonesian government has denied her family’s repeated requests to travel to Bali to be with Kaitlyn,” her family wrote on GoFundMe. She does have some of her “loving friends” by her side, who traveled to Bali with her. The friends are providing updates on her condition to the family.