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A SEEMINGLY idyllic family holiday to Thailand turned into a life-altering nightmare for Lee, a 54-year-old father from Church Village, Rhondda Cynon Taf. Known for his dedication as a community occupational therapist, Lee’s career focused on enabling disabled individuals to live independently. Ironically, he now faces a similar challenge, after a devastating motorcycle accident left him paralysed from the waist down.

 

Lee’s trip, intended as a joyful reunion with his daughter Katie, whom he and his wife Clare Francis hadn’t seen in five months, ended in tragedy on January 19th, 2024. The accident occurred on their trip’s final day, shattering the family’s happiness and altering Lee’s life course irreversibly.

 

The aftermath of the crash was dire. Lee sustained multiple severe injuries, including broken ribs, a fractured spine in three places, and significant lung contusions. His condition deteriorated rapidly, leading to a critical care stint in Krabi Hospital in southern Thailand, where he battled pneumothorax, haemothorax, and a pulmonary embolism. These complications severely hampered his treatment and recovery, necessitating a week on a ventilator, unable to eat or speak.

 

Despite undergoing successful decompression surgery, the prognosis was grim: Lee would never walk again. This news was particularly devastating for someone whose life was intertwined with physical activity and sports. Lee, a former basketball player and coach for the under-18s Welsh girls’ team, cherished his walks up Pen y Fan as a form of personal therapy. Now, he must confront a future devoid of these passions.

 

The journey back to Wales was nothing short of harrowing. Lee endured an 18-hour stretcher flight, a testament to his resilience and the unwavering support of his family. His daughter Abigail, alongside her step-siblings Dylan and Menna, navigated the complexities of insurance coverage, ensuring Lee’s medical and repatriation costs were met.

 

By Tom Sinclair

 

Full story: THE PATTAYA NEWS 2024-02-12

 

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25 minutes ago, RobU said:

From the Pattaya news:

"he finds himself in a cruel twist of fate, struggling to secure the necessary modifications for his own home. A GoFundMe page has been established by his family to bridge this gap, "

Bull***t, the local authority will do all necessary adaptations for free. He is also entitled to disability living allowance at the higher rate for mobility and care to the tune of over £300 per week. It's a tragedy but the family is milking the Gofundme community.

 

seems like you may be on to something. the fact that this guy has lost the use of his legs is a tragedy. but as someone who knows nothing of the way of life in england i may have been tempted to help. now... not so much

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1 minute ago, newnative said:

Another day, another tourist suffering a devastating injury in a motorcycle accident.  Another preventable tragedy, simply by banning tourists from renting motorcycles.

There will not be any actions in that direction, deterring tourism, and removing the ability of the locals to make lots of money from them.... not likely.

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12 minutes ago, Spock said:

What lousy coverage. 20000 - 80000 baht maximums is not going to pay for much in a serious accident. And I would be suspicious of any policy in which baht is misspelt as 'bath'.

This is the mandatory Government insurance, translated from Thai.

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11 minutes ago, newnative said:

Another day, another tourist suffering a devastating injury in a motorcycle accident.  Another preventable tragedy, simply by banning tourists from renting motorcycles.

A fairly naive statement.

Would you also ban tourists from crossing roads, renting cars, being passengers in tour buses, climbing waterfalls and so on ad nauseam.

People are responsible for their own actions.

The lad did everything correctly. Wore a helmet, had a licence, took out the proper insurance.

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At least he had enough sense to wear a helmet. No mention of if he had a proper motorcycle endorsement or if the accident was operator error. For far too many tourist the answer is no license, and no experience (and unusual no helmet).

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I guess he had a motor bike license and an international license and that is why the insurance paid out, it would be interesting to know. So many times, people have insurance and when they have a motor bike accident it is discovered they do not have a license for a motorbike. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

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2 hours ago, RobU said:

From the Pattaya news:

"he finds himself in a cruel twist of fate, struggling to secure the necessary modifications for his own home. A GoFundMe page has been established by his family to bridge this gap, "

Bull***t, the local authority will do all necessary adaptations for free. He is also entitled to disability living allowance at the higher rate for mobility and care to the tune of over £300 per week. It's a tragedy but the family is milking the Gofundme community.

I don't know what is considered "necessary" but remodeling bathrooms, widening doorways for wheelchair access, lifts in multi-story houses, and ramps to enter exterior doors comes to a pretty penny. I find that most government "necessary" have quite a few limits.

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