Help Me Get To My Son
Organized by: Brandon Wilbanks
Ten years ago, I married my longtime girlfriend and we started a life together. A few years after marriage, we had a son; Kiran Prince. Life was good ! Then she started showing signs of depression and other mental illness. We worked through it and got her the necessary help to get through her illness. At least I thought so. I didn't realize she was saving up money to do what she did to me. She made everything seem like things were better and that her family was wanting to see our son, and that she was going to go visit them for a couple weeks in Sapporo, Japan. I had no reason not to believe she wouldn't return. Again, she acted as if she truly loved me and loved our life here in NY. So, in June of 2013 we got tickets for her and our son and planned the trip back home. She never led me to believe that she had never planned on coming back to the U.S. I brought them to the airport, said my goodbyes, and watched them walk to the departure gate. When they arrived in Japan, she wasted no time to call me and deliver the life changing news to me. She said to me, "I want to tell you that I've decided that we won't be returning to the United States; ever. I'm sorry." I was devastated to say the least. I also found out that she took 90% of our money out of our bank account before she left. A few weeks after this happened, I developed cluster headaches. Possibly the worst pain a human being can ever go through. They happened on a daily basis. Sometimes they lasted for 5 seconds. Other times they lasted 45 minutes. I started to be late for work. I never missed a day, I was just late. My employer; Labcorp, seemed to want to help me. My doctor had me go for brain scans and to see specialists and they determined that I was getting these cluster headaches because of the stress my wife caused me by leaving and taking our son. I filed an FMLA claim with Labcorp. It was immediately declined because Labcorp said that it wasn't considered a medical condition under their guidelines, and I was terminated for "tardiness" !!! I lost my wife, my son and now my job. I can not get a job doing what I was doing with Labcorp because they own every lab in the area I live in, and won't rehire me back. I have since taken care of the headaches and haven't had an episode in some time now. I am struggling to find work, and I am currently working two minimum wage jobs, which I can barely afford to pay my bills with; let alone save up money. My ultimate goal is to save up enough money and go to Japan to live, and try to get some visitation rights with my son. Japan never signed The Hague Convention Treaty, so I legally have no rights to take my son back to the U.S. I more than likely won't have any rights when I get to Japan either, but I have to try to see what can happen if I can get to Japan. $100,000 is a bit excessive, I realize that. I have no idea how much money I will need. I know I will need a place to live. I know I will have to get a lawyer. I'm looking for any help I can get. I just miss my son, and I can't imagine never seeing him ever again. My ex-wife refuses to communicate with me. I have an email address and I know the address of her parents house. Other than that, I have zero contact with her or my son. Please help me. Thank you for your time.