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Mother asks for help getting sick son home from Phillippines


       “We need to get him home,” said Samantha Gilbert of her 23-year-old son, Dakota Whitehill who remains at Isabela Doctor’s General Hospital on the island of Luzon, Philippines. Whitehill has encephalitis, a brain infection and a brain bleed, according to his mother.

“He has been in the Philippines since May of 2019 and last Monday he went to a beach and he started getting sick. Then he had a fall and started having seizures and they called an ambulance,” Gilbert said. 

Gilbert is in touch with her son’s doctors at the hospital and they had a CT angiogram planned for Tuesday. Gilbert said she has sent some money for his medical expenses but they are more than she can afford at this point.

“We’ve got to see if we can get him home. He would be fully insured here.”

Gilbert said she is “going crazy with worry” and described this as “the worst nightmare.”

Friends have helped her set up a GoFundMe page called “Dakota Needs Our Help.” Whitehill’s page is the one listed from Bristol, VA.

Whitehill is a 2016 graduate of Pickens High School.

For more information, contact Samantha Gilbert at 770-445-2256.