Donor helps badly injured Texas tourist to return home

A Texas man injured when a tree limb fell on his head in Costa Rica is back home, according to a Facebook page set up to help him.

The man is Chad Swenson, a self-employed real estate agent and resident of the Houston area.

According to another Web page set up to help defray medical costs, the man was injured Oct. 25 while rafting,  According to the Web page:

“He was carried out of the jungle by hand and duck taped to an upside down raft. He did not arrive at the trauma center until 15 hours after the accident. He suffered major head trauma involving severe brain swelling, subdural hematomas, broken orbital bones, broken upper sinuses, and suffers from respiratory distress syndrome.”

The man’s wife, Eden, was told that an air evacuation to the United States would cost from $30,000 to $40,000. Insurance would not cover the flight.

Channel 11 news in Houston reported that an anonymous donor came forward and paid for the flight.

The Facebook page said that physicians cleared the man to leave Friday but the family had to wait for Monday.

Friends and family in Houston conducted prayer vigils while Swenson was in a San José hospital.

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