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San Diego man injured in Bali returns home on road to recovery

Posted at 2:31 PM, Oct 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-10 17:35:27-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A Solana Beach man is back in San Diego still recovering from a spinal cord injury that happened halfway around the world in Bali.

Anthony Galvan-Schaible's journey happened during the pandemic and even though he's back home, there are months of intensive rehab ahead.

Schaible went to Bali in February with plans to stay until April. Then the pandemic started and he had to stay.

In late July, Schaible was in a motorcycle accident that left him with a spinal cord injury. He required emergency surgery halfway around the world.

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His mom flying to be by his side.

"Pretty much just got stronger and we had to figure out how to fly business class," Schaible said before his return.

Two weeks ago, Schaible made it back home, transferred to UCSD La Jolla after three flights and 36 hours of travel with doctors on board.

"Definitely noticing myself get a little stronger as the days go by but next is an acute rehab facility," said Schaible.

In the coming days, Schaible will move to Loma Linda University inpatient rehab. Doctors haven't ruled out the possibility of regaining movement and one day walking again — something Schaible plans to work towards one day at a time.

"At this point, it's just pretty positive and just looking forward to moving more and wiggling a little bit more and hopefully getting these legs going would be my goal," Schaible says.

The family still posted a GoFundMe to help with medical expenses.