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Go Fund Me appeal saves British couple trapped in hospital on Koh Samui

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Go Fund Me appeal saves British couple trapped in hospital on Koh Samui

 

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Rory Sadlier and Aby Harrison

 

Generous donors on the online money raising platform Go Fund Me have come to the rescue of a British couple who were left with a large medical bill after being involved in a motorcycle accident in Thailand. 

 

Rory Sadlier and Aby Harrison from Tunbridge Wells in the UK, were on honeymoon on Koh Tao when they were involved in a motorcycle accident. 

 

After arriving at the island on 7 July, the couple rented a motorbike which they say had faulty brakes.

 

Ms Harrison said the pair were involved in the accident as they were going to the beach.

 

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Picture: Go Fund Me page

 

“We soon found ourselves on a tiny steep road where our brakes failed, Ms Harrison told Kent Online. 

 

"We collided with the barrier and were thrown over into a rocky ravine.

 

"My husband Rory was able to climb up and scream for help while I stayed at the bottom”.

 

Rescue teams eventually hauled the couple to safety and took them to Koh Tao hospital, before they were later transferred by emergency speedboat to a hospital on Koh Samui for further treatment.

 

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Picture: Go Fund Me page

 

After receiving the treatment they were presented with a medical bill for £12,000, almost 463,000 baht. 

 

Despite having insurance, the couple’s insurance company would only cover some of the cost, leaving the couple needing to find £6,675 to pay the remainder of the bill.

 

The hospital had told the couple they would only release their passports once the bill had been paid in full.

 

The couple then launched an appeal on Go Fund Me and managed to raise the funds needed to pay the medical bills.

 

Kent Online reported the couple, who work as carers, have now returned to the UK.

 

An update posted on the Go Fund Me page on 16 July read:

 

Bruised, Battered, Broke & Stitched Up, We are home, without the support on here that would not be possible ❤️, Abi & I will be going straight to A&E from the Airport. We are so lucky to have such amazing people in our lives. From the bottom of our hearts thank you so so much! 

 

The news comes as Thailand is considering making travel insurance compulsory for all foreign tourists.

 

The new policy, which will reportedly cost just 20 baht for 30 days cover is expected to be rolled out before the end of the year.

 

All proceeds from the insurance policy would go to Thailand’s Tourism Promotion Fund and be used to cover payments whenever a tourist makes a claim.

 

The aim of the policy is to reduce the burden on the Thai healthcare system from foreigners who visit Thailand without adequate insurance and are then involved in an accident.

 

Earlier this year, officials said that foreigners cost the Thai state some 300 million baht annually in unpaid medical bills.

 

The policy will also help boost confidence amongst foreign tourists, officials said. 

 

 

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help me please  !   i'm in urgent need of a holiday and would like to set up Go fund me. I think 300,000 baht should cover it . 

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Up until now i thought it was only Thai drivers who blamed faulty brakes.

If as they claim the bike had dodgy brakes, why did they take it?

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2 minutes ago, colinneil said:

Up until now i thought it was only Thai drivers who blamed faulty brakes.

If as they claim the bike had dodgy brakes, why did they take it?

you read my thoughts as soon as I read it also. Maybe they had to think something up because being pissed didn't sound good so they said ' lets go with the faulty brakes, that seems to work ….  lol 

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3 minutes ago, colinneil said:

Up until now i thought it was only Thai drivers who blamed faulty brakes.

If as they claim the bike had dodgy brakes, why did they take it?

Facts, details, ...

Looking at her injuries she was probably also not wearing a helmet or had proper shoes and gloves.

But who cares. FUND ME!

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7 minutes ago, colinneil said:

Up until now i thought it was only Thai drivers who blamed faulty brakes.

If as they claim the bike had dodgy brakes, why did they take it?

Don't know until you need them.

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Needed £6675 for the hospital. I wonder how much they just spent on their wedding? 

Most travel insurance policies state only 50% pay-out if motorcycle is involved.

Why is she still Ms Harrison? Just wondering. 

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Wonder why only half was covered by insurance?

At least they had taken out insurance for the trip

 

 

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Just now, wgdanson said:

Needed £6675 for the hospital. I wonder how much they just spent on their wedding? 

Most travel insurance policies state only 50% pay-out if motorcycle is involved.

Why is she still Ms Harrison? Just wondering. 

Not all women choose to take their males partners last name after marriage.

Her documents probably not changed before honeymoon, even if there is an intention of take her partners name

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3 minutes ago, RJRS1301 said:

Wonder why only half was covered by insurance?

At least they had taken out insurance for the trip

 

 

Because they were riding a motorbike.

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26 minutes ago, colinneil said:

Up until now i thought it was only Thai drivers who blamed faulty brakes.

If as they claim the bike had dodgy brakes, why did they take it?

They must have 20-20 hindsight.

 

36 minutes ago, webfact said:

The hospital had told the couple they would only release their passports once the bill had been paid in full.

Could that be seen as tantamount to demanding money with menaces?

 

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32 minutes ago, webfact said:

The hospital had told the couple they would only release their passports once the bill had been paid in full.

Could that be seen as tantamount to extorting money with menaces?

 

I was under the impression that the passport is the property of the issuing country, and it was illegal to withhold someone's passport without a court order?

Maybe I am wrong

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29 minutes ago, wgdanson said:

Don't know until you need them.

You need them within 100 meters most of the time

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38 minutes ago, colinneil said:

Up until now i thought it was only Thai drivers who blamed faulty brakes.

If as they claim the bike had dodgy brakes, why did they take it?

I'd say a very low percentage of people actually check vehicles they rent when they come here on holiday.

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4 minutes ago, JaiLai said:

I'd say a very low percentage of people actually check vehicles they rent when they come here on holiday. 

so i am renting a scooter in Thailand and I see it only has one mirror. I say to the lady I need two mirrors. She says OK use this scooter.

So i change scooters and I start to adjust the mirrors so I can see behind me and she says "Why Farang always worry what is behind? Just worry what is in front." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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