The Virginia family of a 22-year-old teacher are awaiting her return from Thailand, after she was suddenly paralyzed by a rare autoimmune disease.
Bradner woke up in her flat in Thailand on December 22 and was unable to move.
After a friend called an ambulance and sent her to a hospital, Bradner was diagnosed with Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS), a rare autoimmune disease that can cause severe paralysis, but is usually cured with the right treatment, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes.
"We're trying to get quotes on what it's going to cost to bring Caroline home on a stretcher flight", Mr Bradner said.
"We will utilise all funds for Caroline's medical costs and rehabilitation", sister Pierce wrote on the GoFundMe page, "If there are any additional funds they will be donated to GBS/CIDP Foundation International". Her father said the school had been supportive throughout the ordeal.
Thousands of miles away, Caroline's family worked to raise money to pay for a stretcher flight from Thailand back to the USA, and were able to raise more than $76,000 from almost a thousand donors on their GoFundMe page after insurance denied their request for transportation home. GBS causes the immune system to attack nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and paralysis.More news: 'Harry Potter': A Gross Fact About Hogwarts History Was Just Revealed
Caroline's father, Jim Bradner, told WTVR his daughter has regained some feeling in her fingers, and is able to move her shoulders.
Bradner, a recent graduate of University of MS, had been living in Surat Thani on the east coast of Thailand's southern peninsula teaching primary school English for two months when she started feeling weak. Her mother quickly flew out to meet her, but getting her home has proved to be a hard task.
"We see improvements every day", Caroline's father, Jim Bradner, told ABC 8.
'She's scared because she can't move. "They may be small improvements".
The Bradners are now working with HCC Medical Insurance Services to fly her back. And they all want the same thing.
'Her being in Thailand has totally changed her outlook on life, ' the father added. "She's a great person, the best sister". They want them to come home. They want them to get better'. 'She says the people there are incredible, always happy.More news: Northern Irish Kingmakers: We Will Not Support May’s Brexit Deal
Getting Caroline home will be hard, as she'll need to fly with a nurse.
Her family just want Caroline home.
"They are pulling for her and want to get her home as soon as possible, so she can get the care she needs".
The Bradner family said that the money raised would go toward Caroline's rehabilitation and treatment in the USA, and that any leftover money would be donated to GBS/CIDP Foundation International, which provides support for sufferers of the syndrome. I want continued prayers and thoughts.
Caroline's sister, Pierce, is adamant her sister is a fighter and will make it through her illness.More news: Police Investigating Idaho Woman In Case of Missing Colorado Mother