A Deroche man is returning home after a near-fatal motorbike accident in Thailand that left him fighting for his life, and his family scrambling to raise money to get him back.
Just three weeks ago David Connelly was riding his bike through the streets of Phuket when he collided with a garbage truck.
His sister Karen says he suffered multiple broken bones, and massive internal bleeding – and it only got worse; David’s organs began shutting down and he had a rare blood type so he was put on a ventilator and on dialysis.
Karen says compounding the problem is the fact her brother was on his first trip out of Canada… and didn’t have travel insurance.
“I though I was going to have to sell my house to get him home on a dedicated air ambulance. The cost of that is like $170,000 up front. And my sister and I just had no way to get that kind of money together, on top of the hospital costs which also need to be paid before he leaves.”
Karen says the experience has been painful, and she has advice for anyone else planning a trip soon.
“It’s very, very expensive to repatriate somebody who doesn’t have travel insurance.”
Karen says so far, they’ve raised half of the $120,000 needed, and have launched a crowdfunding campaign to make up the difference.
David is scheduled to return home this Friday night.