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Thu 30th Nov 2017

Bastian Fernandez Appeal Launched

Polo Community asked to donate to the Basti Fund

On 11 August earlier this year an Argentinian groom, Bastian Fernandez, employed by the Legacy Polo Club, fell off a horse and suffered major injuries to his fifth cervical vertebra. 

He was immediately flown to Zurich University Hospital by helicopter and operated on the same evening. One week later Basti was transferred to the Paraplegic Centre in Nottwil. The diagnosis was quadriplegia: a paraplegia involving all four limbs. A very long and intensive rehabilitation awaits him. 

There is good news in so far as his direct medical fees will be covered by accident insurance, however, all other subsequent costs won’t be covered by any insurance and Basti will have to pay for them himself. These include:
- Retraining for reintegration into working life
- Modifications to the house
- Special bed
- Handicap-accessible vehicle or a vehicle to transport him
- Products to facilitate everyday life, such as a second wheelchair (e.g. for sports)
A large part of these purchases and adjustments would normally be covered by the Swiss disability insurance (IV). However, due to Basti’s short-term residency in Switzerland, they won’t be covered in his case.
Basti will depend on financial help for his livelihood for the rest of his life. The Legacy Polo Club have set up a foundation, the Basti Fund and are asking the polo community around the world for your support.
The Legacy Polo Club said, “Every sum donated, large or small, is invaluable for Basti. Please support us in helping this young, polo-enthusiastic man, to tackle his challenging future. He will be dependent on additional financial support from third parties for the rest of his life.” For more information about how you can help Basti and to donate, please click here
Photograph: Bastian Fernandez suffered a serious fall in August this year and we are now looking for help from the polo fraternity

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