Red Wing Aeroplane: Costa Rica family are saved by a generous Minnesotan.
The couple stuck in Costa Rica with their two kids after one of them broke their leg have been flown home by a generous Minnesotan.
The Lopez family feared having to stay in Costa Rica for another month after 3-year-old Axel broke his femur a day after they landed.
With Axel unable to sit up, they weren’t allowed on a commercial flight, and started fundraising to get the $42,000 they needed to charter an air ambulance home.
But as the fundraising started rolling in, the Lopez family were contacted by Wes Converse, the owner of private jet company Red Wing Aeroplane.
He’d seen their plight on TV and offered to fly the family home, free of charge, in one of his company’s private planes.
Speaking to BMTN, Emmee Lopez said they arrived back in the U.S. at 10 p.m. Friday and are now back in their Lake City home.
“Axel is doing great, he is much happier in the comfort of his own home,” she said, noting there was about a crowd of 40 people awaiting them when they landed Friday night.
In an update on the family’s GoFundMe page, which has raised more than $26,000, Lopez says the money will go towards Red Wing Aeroplane – despite its offer of a free ride – as well as covering Axel’s medical bills.
“We are so blessed and are taken back by this act of kindness and generosity,” she wrote.
Once those bills are paid, whatever is left over will go towards a Minnesota charity for children with medical needs.
“My husband and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this a reality and being able to get our sweet little boy and family of four home to Minnesota,” she said to those who donated.
“Without you we would not have been able to make this dream come true, and we promised that we will be working as a family to start a foundation back in our hometown to help children in need.”