MINNEAPOLIS -- Dusan Travica dreamed of visiting the United States. So, when the university student got the chance to come for a summer work and travel program he was thrilled.
The 24-year-old and five of his friends left their homes in Serbia in search of adventure in Minot, North Dakota. But their journey took an unexpected turn two weeks ago.
"We were driving home in two cars," Ivan Koconda, who was one car head of Dusan, said.
"In one moment they lost control of the car into the ditch where it rolled all the way into the field," he said.
According a report from the North Dakota Department of Transportation Dusan crossed the center line and overcorrected which sent him into the ditch and overturned the car.
One friend died, another is in a North Dakota hospital. Dusan was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Doctors have told his friends the Dusan they knew will never be the same. His jaw is wired shut and he is paralyzed from the neck down.
"Doctors said that he won't be able to move his hands and legs," Dragana Milicveic, who calls Dusan her best friend, said.
Milicveic said they planned to travel to Miami after their work program.
Instead they are at the hospital everyday trying to help their friend with his new reality.
Medical bills have skyrocketed to more than $400,000. To make matters worse his health insurance through his U.S. employer expired three days before the accident. His friends have started an online campaign to help raise money.
His father, Andjelko Travica, arrived in Minneapolis ten days ago thanks to the generosity of donors. Through an interpreter his father said all that matters is that his son is alive.
No one knows what his recovery looks like or how long it will take but Dusan's friends say they aren't leaving until he does.
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