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Vacationer paralysed after bike crash in Thailand

A British vacationer has been left paralysed from the waist down after a tragic bike crash in Thailand.

Lee Francis, who labored as an occupational therapist to assist disabled individuals stay unbiased lives, has been advised by docs that he won’t ever stroll once more after his vacation took a devastating flip.

The 54-year-old travelled from Wales to Thailand along with his spouse Clare to go to their daughter Katie, who they hadn’t seen for 5 months.

Nonetheless, on the ultimate day of their vacation on January 19, the couple fell off a motorcycle and hit a steel barrier.

“[He] has devoted 18 years of his skilled life to aiding others of their restoration and rehabilitation as a neighborhood occupational therapist,” Katie wrote on a GoFundMe web page that has raised over $31,000.

“He by no means thought that he can be needing this assist for himself, now being completely paralysed.

“Tragically, Lee’s life took an sudden and devastating flip.”

Throughout the horror crash, Lee mentioned his helmet cracked in two.

He was taken to the Krabi Hospital in southern Thailand with damaged ribs, severe lung contusions, and a fractured backbone in three locations.

He battled haemothorax, pneumothorax, and a pulmonary embolism, and spent per week on a ventilator.

He was later transported again to Wales on a stretcher flight and was admitted to the College Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

Clare suffered much less extreme accidents and is coming to phrases with the repercussions of the accident.

Sri Lanka was resulting from be the subsequent vacation spot for the couple earlier than transferring to stay in Australia – plans which have now been deserted, in response to Sky Information.

Katie mentioned: “Regardless of the unimaginable obstacles he now faces, Lee’s resilience and willpower shine by way of.”

He’s anticipated to stay in hospital for “a number of months”.

“He refuses to let his incapacity outline him, and with the fitting assist and diversifications to his house and automobile, he believes he can regain a way of independence and proceed making a distinction within the lives of others,” Katie mentioned.

The household is elevating cash for the required house and automobile diversifications.

– with Jam Press

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