British Muay Thai fighter seriously injured after motorbike crash in southern Thailand

A British Muay Thai fighter is undergoing surgery in Bangkok after he was involved in a serious road accident in Koh Samui on April 13. Chris – a 32 year old martial arts champion from York, UK – pulled out of a coffee shop on his motorbike when he was crushed by a pickup truck. Chris survived the incident but sustained multiple injuries and broken bones in his skull.

Chris received emergency treatment at a hospital in Koh Samui for three days and was later flown to a hospital in Bangkok where he is now undergoing multiple operations. Over two weeks have passed since the accident and Chris is still bed-bound with a badly infected open wound on his foot. In the coming days, Chris will receive facial and eye surgery to repair his broken cheekbone and fractured orbital floor.

The first two days of Chris’s hospital treatment amounted to ฿1.1 million, or £25,000. His family has launched a GoFundMe page to raise £60,000 to pay for his hospital bills in Thailand because Chris is too badly injured to fly home to England to seek medical treatment. So far, Chris’s family has raised over ฿1.5 million baht.

Chris “miraculously didn’t die or have any brain or spinal injuries,” said his elder sister Emmy.

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“The insurance company has been assessing the case, although we think it unlikely that they will pay, a decision has not been made yet and as a result our family has had to pay out significant sums of money.”

If Chris’s insurance ends up covering his medical bills, all donations will be refunded, Emmy added.

Chris has lived in Thailand for the past nine months and recently won his first Muay Thai contest.


SOURCE: Mirror

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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