A few days ago, a GoFundMe account was created to fund Michael Hogan’s medical care after he suffered a serious head injury at the beginning of the year.
Michael Hogan’s fans are stepping up to help him fund his medical bills after he suffered an injury this year. A GoFundMe account aiming for a goal of $300,000 has already accumulated $216,946.
More than half of the funds were raised by the actor’s fans within two days of the fund being created. The account's creators explained how Hogan got injured on February 17, 2020, according to his wife, Susan Hogan.
Michael Hogan who plays Colonel Saul Tigh on "Battlestar Galactica" photographed on July 26, 2009 | Photo: Flickr/tinyfroglet
HOW MICHAEL GOT INJURED
At the time, the actor was at a “Battlestar Galactica” convention in Vancouver. On that day, he fell and hit his head while having dinner after his day’s engagements.
He slept without realizing that he’d been badly injured with the impact causing a massive brain bleed. The next morning, Michael couldn’t be woken up and he was taken to the Vancouver General Hospital.
The star had emergency surgery performed and he needed 57 staples. The staples were used to close the part of his skull doctors had to remove in order to fix him.
Michael was left with complete paralysis on his left side, cognitive impairment, memory loss, and an inability to swallow. The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease made it difficult for his family to take care of him.
DEALING WITH COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
His family had to deal with hospital restrictions and people like a physiotherapist and a speech therapist weren’t allowed in. On June 18, 2020, Susan’s husband was moved into The Berkley Care Centre in North Vancouver.
She was allowed to have limited and supervised visits with the actor but safety guidelines had to be strictly followed. Susan was also finally able to get permission for a physiotherapist to go into the facility two or three times a week.
HOW MICHAEL’S INJURY AFFECTED HIM
“The Man in the High Castle” actor still can’t stand and uses a lift to move from his bed into his wheelchair. He is fed through a tube and has fortunately regained his speech.
The GoFundMe account was opened since Susan hasn’t been able to work over the past couple of months. The funds will assist with paying Michael’s long-term care facility, a customized wheelchair, a private physiotherapist, and ongoing costs of medications and care.
HIS ACTING ROLES & KIDS
The Canadian actor played the role of Colonel Saul Tigh in “Battlestar Galactica.” He’s since starred in various films and television shows like “The Peanut Butter Solution,” “Teen Wolf,” “Red Riding Hood,” “The Mentalist,” and so much more.
Fans can expect to see the actor in the series, “When Calls the Heart.” Besides being an actor and a husband, Michael is also a father to three children: Jennie Rebecca, Gabriel Hogan, and Charlie Hogan.