Last week Second Thoughts costar, Travis Potter, realized one of his most haunting fears when he contracted cerebral malaria while filming for a surf video in Papua New Guinea. Since appearing in Second Thoughts with Timmy Turner, Potter has developed quite a reputation for his feral tendencies and dedication to surf adventure. Unfortunately, the risks that often accompany such a lifestyle have begun to materialize.
“We were filming a movie called Isolated in Papua New Guinea just exploring, trying to find some new waves, and he got it some time on the trip and we had no idea,” says friend and videogrpaher, Steve Volz. “We went back to Jakarta to surf Turtles, and when I came home he called me and told me he had cerebral Malaria”
If untreated cerebral malaria is almost certainly fatal. Symptoms include intense fever, hallucinations, coma, convulsions, aches, and general discomfort. Its causes aren't entirely understood, but medical treatment vastly improves chances of survival.
Luckily, Potter received medical care as quickly as possible, and is currently in somewhat stable condition.
“He’s out of the hospital in Jakarta and he and his wife have flown to Bali to see a specialist,” says Volz. “He still has malaria and is still hating life with the fever and pain, but I would say he's getting better. He was really stoked to get to Bali and see a real doctor.”
The friends and family of Travis Potter have not only raised awareness about his situation, but also taken action to aid him with the financial burden of his medical bill by organizing fundraisers, including one tonight in Huntington Beach.
"When I told him we were trying to raise money for his hospital bills, he was super stoked," says Volz. "He sounds weak and really sick, but his hopes are up and he's being treated."
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FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF POTTER HAVE ORGANIZED THE FOLLOWING MEANS OF HELPING HIS CAUSE:
WE ARE THROWING A PARTY TOMORROW NIGHT FOR TRAVIS IN HUNTINGTON BEACH
4/23/08-WEDNESDAY WILL BE AT THE BLACK BULL. THE PARTY WILL HAVE LIVE PERFORMANCES BY A.D.D PARTY STARTS AT 7PM
ALL PARTIES WILL HAVE RAFFLES AND DONATION BOXES.
THE REASON WE ARE RAISING MONEY FOR TRAVIS
Travis Potter contracted a potentially deadly strain of cerebral malaria while traveling through the Southeast Asian island chain last week.
The Seal Beach goofyfoot spent a hard month searching for undiscovered waves in Papua New Guinea with a half dozen other ferals, filming for an upcoming surf movie called Isolated.
Potter spent the following five days in a Jarkarta hospital, occasionally texting friends and family to them know he was OK. According to some reports, Travis’ strain of malaria has a 20% mortality rate, which has people at home concerned;
“He sounded better last time we talked to him a couple days ago,” explained his father Dave on Friday afternoon. “But the treatment he went through was awful. He lost all kinds of weight.”
Weight wasn’t the only thing Travis lost; the treatment was very expensive, and he’s looking to make it to Bali to see a specialist. While he does have medical insurance, the deductibles are high, and he’s going to need time to recover, so his HB friends are planning a fundraiser in Huntington this weekend.
Donations are also being accepted (info below).
VIA SNAIL MAIL:
Travis Potter Malaria Relief Fund
59512 Hop Patch Spring Road
Mountain Center CA 92561