Florida Man Fights For Life After Chasing Thieving Monkey

Jeff 'Swede' Swedenhjelm in the beloved baseball cap stolen by a monkey on Bali. / Nwfdailynews.com
Jeff 'Swede' Swedenhjelm in the beloved baseball cap stolen by a monkey on Bali. / Nwfdailynews.com

DESTIN, Florida — A Florida man living in Bali is fighting for his life after he fell from a roof while chasing a monkey that had stolen his favorite Pittsburgh Steelers cap.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reported that Jeff “Swede” Swedenhjelm fell 10 meters on Monday.

Villagers took him to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with severe damage to his spinal cord. He currently is paralyzed from the chest down.

Lyric Swedenhjelm, who lives in Destin, said the family is trying to get her father to a country with a spinal specialist. She said Swedenhjelm is in a medically induced coma and is on a ventilator.

The family has started a fundraising page on GoFundMe, which has already raised more than USD$36,000.