The family of a man critically injured in a road accident in Thailand are hoping to bring him home for Christmas.
Antony Giles was seriously hurt after he was involved in a collision with a car while riding as a passenger on his friend’s moped in the capital Bangkok last month.
He suffered serious injuries to his legs, arm and chest and has since been receiving treatment in a Bangkok hospital.
His parents, Debbie and Allan, have been in Thailand with their son since the accident and will return to the UK with him tonight after a massive fundraising campaign by his family and help from St John Ambulance.
Speaking from his home in Derby Mr Giles’s grandfather, Michael Flude, described the weeks since the accident.
“It’s been stressful and we’re emotionally shattered and physically exhausted,” he said.
“When Debbie got the call from Thailand they were told not to expect him to live so in this short space of time medical teams there have not only managed to keep him alive but to help him on the way to recovery. One of the biggest problems has been the seven hour time difference.
“My daughter has been out there and she’s been so stressed. You can’t give someone a cuddle when they’re so far away.”
Mr Giles moved out of hospital on Wednesday, his 23rd birthday, into a nearby hotel so he could return for daily treatment and is due to return with his family on a flight to Heathrow later today, where he will be met by a fleet of St John Ambulance vehicles with an experienced crew.
Mr Flude said his grandson, who trained as a diving instructor and married Nid, a Thai woman, last year, did not have any medical insurance and costs for his treatment have been estimated at £150,000.