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Local man's trip to Bali takes unexpected turn after crash

Posted at 5:18 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 02:38:04-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)- A Solana Beach man's trip to Bali takes an unexpected turn after a motorcycle accident. While he's thousands of miles away, the pandemic has made things even more complicated.

28-year-old Anthony Galvan- Schaible packed his bags for Bali in February with the intent to stay until April. In March, the pandemic hit, forcing him to stay in Paradise a little longer.

"It was one of those things to sit it out and wait was the better idea," says Galvan- Schaible.

He says one night he hopped on his motorcycle, and that's when things took an unexpected turn.

"The bike went to the street. I went to the left and ended up in a little ditch head first."

He was rushed to the hospital after hitting his head on a concrete pillar. The impact compressed his spine. Within hours he was taken to emergency surgery. Galvan- Schaible now has multiple screws and plates along his back.

"It's terrifying… when they're across the planet and get hurt," says Mom, Jamie Schaible. "All you can think of is how can they get the care that they would get here."

Because of travel restrictions, mom says it was stressful not knowing how she would get to her son.

"We reached out to the Indonesian embassy and just pleaded from a mother's heart and leaned on their compassion," says Schaible. "They bent over backwards to get me my visas."

This allowed her to get to her son's bedside.

Galvan-Schaible says he is starting to regain feeling in his hand. He will stay in the hospital a few more weeks before taking an air ambulance flight back to the U.S.

A GoFund Me page has been set up to help with medical expenses and to get him back to the U.S.