Noblesville school board candidate facing long recovery after dangerous fall on vacation

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- A Noblesville school board candidate is in the hospital after falling off a ledge while on vacation in Cancun.

Brian Durm dropped roughly 10 feet causing severe damage to his head.  He suffered brain bleeding, a broken wrist, a bruised lung, and an injured vertebrae.

His family didn't have travel insurance, so it cost them $6,500 to charter a MedEvac back to Indy.  A GoFundMe page is set up to help the family with medical costs.  They have raised $7,500 in 24-hours.

“They have a weeks' worth of hospital bills down there. They have the MedEvac flight," Durm's friend and coworker Josh Stegemoller said. “We hope the donations keep coming in to get the family back on their feet.”

Travel agents recommend that people get travel insurance.  Costs are usually quite low with prices depending on the cost of travel and the age of the person.

“It can be as low as $200," said travel agent Alex Kutin with Travel Leaders. “Even if you cross the border into Canada and drive over, your (regular health) insurance is really stopped.”

All medical costs overseas are out of pocket without insurance.

Durm is at Methodist Hospital, and he is responsive.  Doctors are keeping him unconscious, while waking him up periodically to test his pain levels.  Stegemoller said he is starting to breathe on his own.