Indy student stranded overseas has a flight home

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis student stranded overseas after he severely injured his back has raised enough money for a flight home

Alex Kalscheur, 18, fell 30 feet from a wall while stargazing while visiting a friend in France. The fall broke two vertebrae in his back.

“The nurses told me that he’s got a hard road,” said Alex’s mother, Amy. “They’re hopeful that he’ll be able to walk.”

Alex is unable to take a normal flight back to the U.S. because he can’t sit up until his back heals, which doctors say could take months.

Most insurance companies won’t cover special transport and getting a medical flight from France to the U.S. could cost more than $100,000.

After a week on GoFundMe, the family has raised enough money for a med-flight Alex back to the states for rehabilitation and recovery closer to his family.

They have a flight, Amy said. But the family isn't sure of the exact time of Alex's return.

Friends and family have been crowd-funding to try and raise the funds to bring Alex back home. Their GoFundMe raised more than $55,000 in less than a week.

“It is absolutely amazing the help that’s coming from all different places,” Amy said. “[We’re] just overwhelmed with the love and prayers that are coming from everybody.”

If you’re planning a trip outside of the U.S. you should always check in to purchasing medical Evacuation Travel Insurance before you go. The prices vary but the insurance can help cover the cost of a medical transport if you are seriously injured while out of the country.

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