Indiegogo cancels indie dev’s successful campaign to save her own life, citing “suspicious activity”

chloe sagalFor a short while earlier this week, it seemed that a campaign to fund a life-saving operation for Homesick developer Chloe Sagal had ended in high-fives and sighs of relief. Thanks to the efforts of fellow indies like The Indie Stone and Thomas Was Alone’s Mike Bithell, the Indiegogo fund’s coffers were full.

But that was before yesterday, when Indiegogo suspended the campaign due to “suspicious activity” and refunded its contributors, scattering campaigners’ efforts to the winds.

Sagal has suffered from metal poisoning since a near-fatal car crash a few years ago. While her initial prognosis suggested she had years to remove metal fragments in her body, she recently collapsed and was admitted to hospital. There, Sagal was told that she would lose basic functions and die within months without an $29,000 operation.

“I am a strong and independent woman,” she wrote on Indiegogo. “I can handle almost anything myself, but I’m setting this aside, because I do not want to die from this.


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