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Anonymous Donor Gives Stranded New Zealander Ticket Home: Phuket

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Anonymous donor gives stranded Kiwi ticket home

Phuket Gazette

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Sean, 27, shows the tube still connected to his chest after his lung collapsed for the second time. Photo: Atchaa Khamlo

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Sean Kenzie was given a wheelchair after arriving at Phuket International Airport for his flight home. Photo: Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai

PHUKET: -- Sean Kenzie, the 27-year-old New Zealander stranded and unable to pay his mounting medical bills after a hit-and run-accident, boarded a plane for home today thanks to an anonymous donor who supplied the funds for his flight.

Sean looked a little tired when he arrived at Phuket Airport; he walked straight to the Thai Airways check-in counter to catch his flight home.

“My mother was upset about the [private] hospital kicking me out. She had sent NZ$8,000 [more than 200,000 baht, for medical fees], but they told my mum that it wasn’t enough,” he said.

Sean explained that he still owes the hospital about 500,000 baht (more than NZ$19,000) in expenses.

His insurance refused to pay, claiming that motorbike accidents were not covered under his “premium policy”.

Desperate, Sean’s older brother started a fundraiser on Facebook.

“When I get back New Zealand, I’m going to court with my insurance company. I was supposed to be covered for motorbike [accidents]. I was supposed to be covered for everything. And then, when I had the accident, they told me I wasn’t. They pulled out and I’m left with big bills, huge bills.”

Sean told the Phuket Gazette that “thousands and thousands” of people made donations to the Facebook fund his brother Kane started. One anonymous donor put up all the money necessary for Sean’s flight home.

“I’d like to thank the people of New Zealand. They’re awesome; they got behind me and donated money. I probably would have died here if it wasn’t for them,” Sean said.

He explained that he wired more money to the hospital today, as he was finally allowed to leave Phuket after signing an agreement allowing him 365 days to pay off the remainder of his medical expenses.

The hit-and-run accident left him in a coma with the teeth on his right side smashed out, his jaw broken, both lungs collapsed, a split liver and a knee requiring reconstructive surgery.

“The taxi driver must have hit me pretty hard,” he said.

Rescue workers transferred him to the private hospital for care.

Sean has a vague memory of the incidents proceeding the accident. He was driving back to his hotel when he realized he was heading in the wrong direction, so he pulled over to the side of the road, where he was run down.

He could not remember where exactly he was when the accident occurred.

With two collapsed lungs, Sean awoke with two tubes in his chest. He was told they would be removed within two days, but they stayed in place for almost a month.

“I should have been out of the hospital a week ago. This tube was supposed to come out, but… my lung collapsed again,” he explained yesterday.

“They brought me back down to the surgery room and gave me drugs and put the tube back in. I woke up in the afternoon and they kicked me out,” he said.

“I didn’t know what was going on. I had no idea, no clue. All I knew was that they were kicking me out. Then they brought me here [to an open patient ward Vachira Phuket Hospital].”

After one night, the New Zealand consulate stepped in and had Sean transferred to a private room of the hospital.

Once back in New Zealand, Sean will start down the long path of rehabilitation.

Formerly a roofer in Australia, Sean has been told that he will not be able to return to work for a long time.

“There is no police record, no police have come to see me,” Sean explained to the Gazette. “I’ve been her nearly a month and nobody has come to see [about the accident]. The taxi that hit me should have had their insurance paying for all of this.”

Despite the horrors of Sean’s first trip to the Kingdom, he is determined to return.

“I will return to Thailand as the country still owes me my travelling,” he said.

Source: http://www.phuketgaz...ticle16528.html

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-- Phuket Gazette 2012-07-28

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His insurance contract was with Cover More in Australia therefore under the jurisdiction of the Australian courts, not N.Z.

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I hope he manages to successfully sue.

very risky, if he loses the litigation, his legal costs would exceed the amount claimed. Doubt he would get pro bone services for a small claim

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I hope he manages to successfully sue.

very risky, if he loses the litigation, his legal costs would exceed the amount claimed. Doubt he would get pro bone services for a small claim

A very close Australian friend of mine with ozzie insurance had a similar happening in Turkey on his MB. It was touch and go for a while health wise and the insurance company held fast on their decision. After much battling, they conceded to repat'ing him back home and they finally came up with the full amount.

I sincerely hope that he manages to succeed, I never give up wherever possible, and certainly not when it comes to Banks & Insurance companies.biggrin.png

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I hope he manages to successfully sue.

very risky, if he loses the litigation, his legal costs would exceed the amount claimed. Doubt he would get pro bone services for a small claim

A very close Australian friend of mine with ozzie insurance had a similar happening in Turkey on his MB. It was touch and go for a while health wise and the insurance company held fast on their decision. After much battling, they conceded to repat'ing him back home and they finally came up with the full amount.

I sincerely hope that he manages to succeed, I never give up wherever possible, and certainly not when it comes to Banks & Insurance companies.biggrin.png

Sounds like your friend negotiated and didn't go down the litigation path, is that correct?

EDIT: The evening current affairs programs often take up a cause and sometimes the financial services provider backs off on their policy position due to perceived damage to the brand by way of bad publicity

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I hope he manages to successfully sue.

very risky, if he loses the litigation, his legal costs would exceed the amount claimed. Doubt he would get pro bone services for a small claim

A very close Australian friend of mine with ozzie insurance had a similar happening in Turkey on his MB. It was touch and go for a while health wise and the insurance company held fast on their decision. After much battling, they conceded to repat'ing him back home and they finally came up with the full amount.

I sincerely hope that he manages to succeed, I never give up wherever possible, and certainly not when it comes to Banks & Insurance companies.biggrin.png

Sounds like your friend negotiated and didn't go down the litigation path, is that correct?

EDIT: The evening current affairs programs often take up a cause and sometimes the financial services provider backs off on their policy position due to perceived damage to the brand by way of bad publicity

I do believe that the small print read as follows... if you were only qualified to drive say a 750cc bike in Australia, and incurred an accident on a 1000cc overseas then the insurance was null and void. This he overlooked and naturally the insurance company refused to cough up.

His wife is a nursing sister and she fought it long and hard from Turkey which was no easy task and yes a WA newspaper also took it up on his behalf and the IC came up with the dough.

As a bike rider myself it has taught me to look at the fine print long and hard otherwise it isnt worth the paper..........

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I recall in another thread in this forum that the parents admitted their son didn't have a motorbike license, but expected the insurance company should cover all eventualities as requested all encompassing travel insurance. Naivety to the nth degree

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I recall in another thread in this forum that the parents admitted their son didn't have a motorbike license, but expected the insurance company should cover all eventualities as requested all encompassing travel insurance. Naivety to the nth degree

Sitting here reading this reminds me of the times my brothers and I have caught motorbike taxis in BKK or Phuket, on occasions with nothing more than a plastic helmet/t shirts/short and thongs ... complete stupidity on our parts... crazy for the next of kin.

Well I wish this lad much luck!

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I recall in another thread in this forum that the parents admitted their son didn't have a motorbike license, but expected the insurance company should cover all eventualities as requested all encompassing travel insurance. Naivety to the nth degree

Sitting here reading this reminds me of the times my brothers and I have caught motorbike taxis in BKK or Phuket, on occasions with nothing more than a plastic helmet/t shirts/short and thongs ... complete stupidity on our parts... crazy for the next of kin.

Well I wish this lad much luck!

of course, wish him a speedy recovery

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Who knows could be from the kind heart Thaksin doing good deed (for a change) on his birthday.

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Who knows could be from the kind heart Thaksin doing good deed (for a change) on his birthday.

No way that would be anonymous.

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