The death of a Melfort teacher in China has shocked people on both sides of the Pacific.
38 year old Alicia Garlock died after over a month of care in a Chinese hospital. She was in the country teaching at the time of her death.
Her brother Travis says they’re still trying to figure what she was in the hospital for to start off with.
“She was going in for some treatment there at the end of December there and again at the beginning of January for what they think may have been pneumonia, but not confirmed,” Garlock said. “She had a weakened immune system. She contracted a strain of influenza, which they were calling H2N question mark, because they weren’t sure what it was.”
Garlock also notes the difficulty of his sister’s death is being compounded by large hospital bills. He says his sister did have coverage, but there are gaps in it, and it’s forcing his family to pay out of pocket.
He says no one should ever to have go through what his family is going through.
“We want to make sure anyone else that does go overseas to work, they double, double check that comprehensive coverage. Make sure that you do have it.”
As a result, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family pay for the hospital bills.
At the time of this story, $25,522 has been raised to help.