Marshall Native Remains Stuck in China

Fundraisers to help collect money to get a Marshall County native out of a Chinese hospital are being planned.

John Berisford, 36, a 1996 graduate of John Marshall High School, was teaching English at a Chinese university when he became ill in March. He fell into a coma and has been in the hospital since.

His doctors have deemed him stable, but he cannot fly in a commercial airplane. He must be transported via air ambulance. Before the Yangzhou People’s No. 1 Hospital in China will release him, however, he must pay his hospital bill in full. The bill is more than $20,000. The air ambulance is expected to cost $65,000 alone.

Berisford’s sister Dawn Borosko of Youngstown, Ohio, said she last talked to her brother March 13, and the next day she got a call that he had been admitted to the Yangzhou People’s No. 1 Hospital in Yangzhou, China.

About $12,000 has been raised online, and several fundraisers have been planned, including:

  • At Cheers Bar, 325 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, a cover charge buys a “Bring John Home” bracelet good to enter the benefit on June 6-7. The Cheers event includes a chicken roast at 4 p.m. June 6 and a quarter auction June 7. Those who would like to donate whole chickens for roasting can call Jaime Glover at 304-559-9878 or Tina at Cheers Bar at 304-845-9191.
  • A Bring John Berisford Home quarter auction is slated for 1 p.m. June 7 at the Sanford Center, Third Street, Moundsville. This event will also include a 50-50 raffle and another auction. For ticket information, call 304-975-0097 or 304-559-9878.
  • On June 16, Bob’s Lunch in Moundsville is donating a portion of its sales that day to the effort.

Borosko said Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s office continues to be helpful, but she wished there was more the government could do.

“I wish the government would help, but I don’t think they’re going to drop that kind of money. Plus, I need to look into seeing if the Armed Forces are willing to help with their planes. I’m sure they have a medevac plane, but that’s something I have to look into and see if they’re willing to help with,” she said.