Gofundme page set up to help retired Capital High teacher injured in Chile

Phil Drake

A Gofundme site has been set up to help a retired Capital High School teacher who suffered a serious head injury when he fell last month in a museum in Chile while on vacation, relatives said.

John “Laurie” Simms collapsed Feb. 21, on the last day of his vacation with wife Marlene in South America, John Simms collapsed in a museum.

He was taken to the Hospital Clinico Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile.

He suffered a subdural hematoma that required surgery to repair and has had some neurologic complications as a result of the surgery, according to the Gofundme page organized by his brother-in-law, Kenneth Holden.

The reason for the fall was a sudden drop in his blood pressure which they are still trying to assess and treat, it was stated said on the Gofundme page.

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The Simms have some travel insurance to assist, family members said.

“However, while less expensive than the US, the uncovered emergent and intensive care hospital costs of a 21 + day stay and after medical flight to the US, will likely exceed $250,000,” friends said.

His wife, Marlene, who is also a

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