“There have been so many donations, from so many areas. From donation boxes set in businesses in Itaewon, people transferring donations through Matt’s bank account, and Matt’s Paypal,” said Lydia Cooper, an English teacher in Bundang and another friend of Matt.
“Some of them don’t know him, some of them never met him, and never even heard of him until now and they are using what they can and what they know to raise money for him.”
One individual donated $500. Most give 10,000 won. But as Lydia puts it, “everything helps.”
“I wasn’t expected this tremendous support,” she said. “I just can’t believe it. It’s absolutely amazing.”
Matt said he has been touched by the generosity of strangers. The phone calls he’s received from donors, he said, “renewed my faith in humanity.”
I'm glad his friends and supporters took the article in this direction. Some users on the Facebook group were being, quite frankly, assholes in trying to make his situation Korea's fault. A few excerpts from users on this thread on "The Media":
I don't know if someone else has already brought this up yet but why not get the North American media involved? They would love to get their hands on a story like this. Not too mention how it affects a large amount of people from the continent who come over here trying to help out the country and then have Korea turn around and try to screw over one of our own like this. I could see Amderson Cooper or Keith Olberman or even Bill O'Reilly yelling into the camera for 2 hours about how this is wrong in everyway, shape and form.
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I was thinking about something similar. I could ask to do a report about it on our radio show. its called tbs efm and is a english radio station here in Seoul.
I also wrote my proposal to Sara yesterday. I hope she/Matt and my station agree. I think it could be worth to get some attention of the foreign community in Seoul, too.
The radio station is pretty new but a lot of foreign people are listening to it.
I am really touched by all this and could not believe such things could happen in our time. This is not humanly to me. Hope in the end it all turns out well for Matt.
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This has gone too far already. Please take some photos of the supposed food they are giving him as well.
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Ryan,Vanita & others this needs to go world wide. It not only how foreigners are treated @ hospitals in Sth Korea. There are other issues concerning foreigners in Sth Korea.
I expressed my objections about that angle twice on that thread, and surely if that was the group's official position from the start---it wasn't and it's not---I would not have encouraged people to pitch in. However, I didn't the tone of this sentence from the original Facebook posting:
Since he's on tourist visa, he can't get insurance. The Korean Bureaucracy has cleverly devised a system so that tourists can't have insurance here.