After years of hard work, long hours and early morning starts, Troy and Katie finally managed to put some pennies away and invest in their dream of owning their own business. Post signing of the contract, the young couple made their way to Thailand in what would be their last holiday to celebrate before embarking on the next chapter of their lives.
Unfortunately, all did not go to plan. Tragically, last week they were involved in a scooter accident in Thailand that has left Katie with facial injuries and Troy with severe injuries to his leg.
As a result of the accident, Troy has dislocated his knee, torn three ligaments and crushed the main artery in his leg. This is an extremely serious injury that required major surgery, and quickly. Unfortunately, it took 26 hours for Troy to receive proper medical attention, six hospitals, a three hour ferry ride and a four hour drive - all without his leg stabilised. By the time Troy got to hospital, severe blood clots had formed.
Troy is currently in a hot, crowded public Thai hospital with no air conditioning and open wounds. Troy is experiencing crippling pain and the fight to save his leg is ongoing.
After a number of surgeries, the situation has reached a point where the decision has had to be made to fly Troy back home to receive specialist medical attention in Australia.
The complication with trying to get Troy home is that due to the nature of his injuries, he must keep his leg straight at all times and therefore has to travel by stretcher.
Should Troy not travel by stretcher, it means that Troy will be forced to stay in a Thai hospital for months until further surgeries can be completed. The hospital is hot and the risk of infection is growing by the day.
Currently, Troy has a high temperature and is in a world of pain. Despite this, he is doing his best to stay strong, calm and be his usual funny self. Troy's mum and sister have dropped everything and rushed over to be by his side.
Unfortunately, due to a series of loopholes, Troy's medical insurer has refused to pay any money to help with the mounting medical expenses. Airplane travel by stretcher is very expensive and more than what we can all afford.
Therefore, from the bottom of our hearts, we ask you to please donate to bring our boy Troy home and get him the medical care that he so desprately needs.
And hopefully continue on to fulfill his dream of owning and operating his own Baker's Delight.
We wholeheartedly and genuinely thank you for any help you can provide.
Yesterday Troy, myself (his mum) and his sister spent 14 hours in an ambulance from Hat Yai where we were to Bangkok airport. Troy and Katie finally made their way home last night back to Melbourne where Troy will undergo a knee reconstruction and repair to his ACL, LCL and PCL. Our family cannot begin to say thank you to all who has assisted and helped to get him home, the money raised will pay for his scans and X-rays in Surat Thani which amounted to AU$2800, ICU, his four surgeries and the rest of his stay in Songklanagrind Hospital which amounted to AU$12,800. We have also had to pay AU$3200 for the external fixation as he has had to fly home with it. To get him home, the funds raised have covered Troy's and Katie's airfare. We were lucky enough to get the green light from the airline to fly him business class instead of by stretcher which is why we were able to drop the target by such a large amount. The tickets have cost AU$4000. There are additional costs that we need to pay for the 5 hospitals that Troy was transferred between prior to us arriving and Troy making it to the Songklanagarind Hospital, as well as costs incurred for medication and, crutches and other bits that he needed to be able to fly, which we have not yet had time to add up but is looking like it will come in around AU$3000. The 14hr ambulance trip has cost AU$1000 and the patient transport from airport to hospital in Melbourne will be a further $1200.
Soon Troy will be paying for rehabilitation and physio that will not be fully covered in Aus, so any remaining funds will be put towards this. We are no longer asking for donations as we are believe most of the costs have been covered by your overwhelming generosity.
- Jess Dybing
- Leonie Stizza
- Di Bach
- Nigel Todd
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