A retired police officer is now trapped in Thailand after a serious crash. Les Ford was left in a coma after he was hit by a motorcycle. He was transported to a hospital but has been there ever since because his insurer has not confirmed if it will pay for the evacuation.
His daughter and son have spent all their money on their bank accounts to try to pay for the evacuation themselves. They’ve been trying to get the $115,000 needed for the evacuation.
They have also received the help from family members and friends for the hospital bill which ended up being nearly $73,000. His daughter has complained that the hospital staff have been constantly checking on them to make sure that they don’t leave the hospital without paying the $72,953.
Les Ford has been at the hospital since the crash. Every day he spent at the hospital added thousands of dollars to the bill. His daughter Emma said during an interview with A Current Affair that she found out about the crash when she received a phone call from one of her friends. Emma was told that he had been in a crash and that he had to authorize emergency brain surgery.
His son James has been at the hospital since his father was transported there. He said during a series of videos that he spends about eight to ten hours there every day. He said his father is not making any real progress and that they’re slowly trying to take him off the ventilator. He also said that they’ve removed some stitching and that he has less bandages now.
Thailand is one of the deadliest destinations for Australians. In 2017, more than 200 Australians lost their lives in the country. Nearly 200 more were transported to hospitals across the country after accidents. The number of people hospitalized in 2017 was an increase of 11 percent from the year before.
The family is not happy that Allianz has responded to their claims by saying that he was not wearing a helmet and that he did not have an Australian motorcycle license. Emma called the response from the insurer a slap to the face. A spokeswoman from Allianz told A Current Affair that situations like these are why they tell travelers not to take risks overseas such as riding a motorcycle without a helmet or license.