Richard Bay is now at Foothills Hospital in Calgary.

Richard Bay is now at Foothills Hospital in Calgary.

Richard Bay back in Canada

Richard Bay, injured in Honduras, is now in Foothills Hospital

  • Jun. 17, 2014 7:00 p.m.

Carolyn Grant

It is at once a cautionary tale and a heart-warming story.

Kimberley’s Richard Bay is back in Canada after friends and well-wishers raised enough money to transport him home after an accident in Honduras left him severely injured.

His sister Lisa Bay reports that Richard arrived back in Canada about midnight this past Friday and was admitted to Calgary’s Foothills Hospital. He had surgery the next day to replace all the pins in his shattered leg. He had six surgeries in Honduras prior to returning to Canada.

“He went for surgery Saturday afternoon and is doing great,” she said.

Richard was hurt when his motorcycle was hit by a bus a few weeks ago. His family put out a fundraising appeal in order to bring him home. His medical bills were not covered because his travel insurance had lapsed. That is the cautionary tale. For about $50, insurance would have covered all the expenses, which sister Lisa says are looking to be about $75,000 including medical bills and transportation.

But the fundraising, which included an event at Wycliffe Regional Park this past weekend that raised $7,500, has been heart-warming, Lisa says.

“Thank you, Richard France, and everyone who helped make the event a success! This will put our total at over 33,000.

“We as a family would like to thank the community for supporting us. Richard has a long road ahead of him, and we appreciate all the kindness and love that has been sent our way.”

Richard’s flight home was with Trinity Air Ambulance International. Employees of Trinity saw the story about Bay and stepped in to help. For a reduced rate they flew Richard from Honduras to Houston and on to Calgary.

For now, Richard remains in hospital at Foothills. And if you are in Calgary, please drop by, Lisa says.

“The care he is receiving in Calgary is amazing and we are very hopeful that Richard will recover fast. His spirits are high and he is looking forward to having visitors.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The 2020 Wasa Triathlon was cancelled. Above, the bike portion of the 2019 event. Bulletin file
Gerick Sports Wasa Triathlon committee is going ahead with planning 2021 event

Lots of uncertainty, but the committee has decided its too early to cancel

Bootleg Gap Golf Course has been sold to Simkins Golf Management Inc. for $3 million.
Bootleg Gap Golf Course sold to Simkins Golf Management for $3 million

After the decision was made to sell back in October 2019, Council… Continue reading

Dorothy Kilgallen, circa 1952 (irishamerica.com)
Booknotes: Fearless reporter among the greatest of all time

Mike Selby “Success has not changed Frank Sinatra,” wrote journalist Dorothy Kilgallen… Continue reading

The second annual 50+ Angel Tree program is underway. The angel tree is located at Save On Foods and nominations are currently being accepted. (Laurie Harris file)
Cranbrook 50+ angel tree program underway

Nominate or sponsor someone who needs a little extra holiday spirit this year

Dr. Albert de Villiers, Chief Medical Health Officer for the Interior Health Authority. (Contributed)
‘People need to start listening’: IH top doc combats COVID-19 misconceptions

Dr. Albert de Villiers says light at the end of the tunnel will grow in step with people’s adherence to PHO guidance

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Another 694 diagnosed with COVID-19 in B.C. Thursday

Three more health care outbreaks, 12 deaths

Richard Reeves examines a painted film strip in his home studio. Photo: Aaron Hemens
PHOTOS: Pandemic inspires creativity for Creston animator Richard Reeves

For more than 30 years, Richard Reeves has been creating abstract animated short-films by drawing and painting images onto strips of film.

Good Samaritan Mountainview Village located at 1540 KLO Road in Kelowna. (Good Samaritan Society)
First long-term care resident dies from COVID-19 in Interior Health

Man in his 80s dies following virus outbreak at Mountainview Village

A demonstrator wears representations of sea lice outside the Fisheries and Oceans Canada offices in downtown Vancouver Sept. 24, demanding more action on the Cohen Commission recommendations to protect wild Fraser River sockeye. (Quinn Bender photo)
First Nations renew call to revoke salmon farm licences

Leadership council implores use of precautionary principle in Discovery Islands

Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps poses for a photo with his parents Amanda Sully and Adam Deschamps in this undated handout photo. Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps was the first baby in Canada to be diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy through Ontario’s newborn screening program. The test was added to the program six days before he was born. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Children’s Hospital Eastern Ontario *MANDATORY CREDIT*
First newborn tested for spinal muscular atrophy in Canada hits new milestones

‘If Aidan had been born any earlier or anywhere else our story would be quite different’

Amanda Weber-Roy, conservation specialist for BC Parks in the Kootenays. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
VIDEO: Kootenay youth climate group works to protect Nelson’s water supply

Youth Climate Corps members spent five weeks thinning forest in West Arm Park

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

(Pixabay)
Canadians’ mental health has deteriorated with the second wave, study finds

Increased substance use one of the ways people are coping

Most Read