After raising $14,000 to cover the cost of an air ambulance, Holly DeCoste said she can finally bring her mother home.

Monique DeCoste, 53, broke her pelvis May 25 in a fatal car crash near Edmundston, N.B. that claimed the life of her husband, 56-year-old Michael DeCoste.


Monique DeCoste, 53 years old, was injured in a car crash near Edmundston, N.B., on May 25. (Submitted)

The couple lived in the Ottawa area and their five children wanted to bring Monique home, but doctors had said she can only travel by air ambulance and the insurance company has been reluctant to cover the $15,000 cost.

The siblings opened a fundraising account called "Bring Mom Home" on the website Indiegogo.

Two days later, DeCoste said they had reached their $14,000 goal, and that her mother was coming home Friday night.

"The hearts of my family are just so full, with support from all Canada and all over the world," DeCoste said.

"I can't believe how many people have been so supportive in the Ottawa and Quinte area," DeCoste told Alan Neal on All in a Day Friday afternoon.

Monique DeCoste will be transported from Edmunston to Rivière-du-Loup, Que., where she will board an air ambulance to Peterborough, Ont.

From there she'll take an ambulance to Trenton Hospital, where she'll be closer to her family as she recovers.

Holly DeCoste said her mother will be arriving in Peterborough tonight and is grateful to be coming home.

"She's mostly crying, she's very speechless and completely overwhelmed," she said.

The insurer, Sun Life, had said the Public Service Health Care Plan they offered only covered air ambulance transportation when the individual is not receiving enough medical care for their condition within the vicinity of the initial emergency.

But they agreed to cover the cost of the ambulances needed to transported DeCoste to Rivière-du-Loup and then from Peterborough to Trenton.