An Australian couple are stranded in Thailand after a serious scooter crash, with a man forced to have emergency surgery to save his leg.
Troy Markides, 29, and Katie Van der End, 21, were injured in Kho Phangan last week, leaving him with serious leg injuries and her with facial injuries.
Mr Markides dislocated his knee, tore three ligaments and crushed the main artery in his leg in the accident.
However, it took 26 hours for him to receive proper medical attention, six hospitals, a three-hour ferry ride and a four-hour drive – all without his leg stabilised.
By the time Mr Markides got to hospital, severe blood clots had formed in his leg.
After numerous surgeries in Thailand, Mr Markides is now facing the decision of having to fly back to Australia to receive specialist medical attention.
Due to the nature of his injuries, Mr Markides needs to have his leg straight at all times and has to travel by a stretcher, or be forced to stay in the hospital for months until further surgeries can be completed.
Despite having travel insurance, Ms Van der End said the company had refused to cover the medical costs for Mr Markides’ treatment and those associated with flying him home.
‘We were told that Troy wouldn’t be covered because the scooter was classified as a motorbike and they weren’t covered in our policy,’ she told the Herald Sun.
The pair, who are from Victoria, were on holiday at the time, after saving up to buy a Baker’s Delight franchise in Bulleen, regional Victoria.
Mr Markides’ family has set up a Go Fund Me page to raise $60,000 money to the pair home for his surgery, as airplane travel by stretcher is expensive.
So far the page has raised $23,077 of its $60,000 goal in only two days. – Mailonline
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