Peter needs help, his story and his reluctant words:
"After being in and out of hospital for most of 2016 with bilateral hip replacements and complications associated with that I went back to work.
4 months later I tripped over at work severely fracturing my left humerus and right femur.
I was taken to a Abu Dhabi hospital where I under went 7 hrs of surgery and 5 days in induced coma.
I spent 30 days in ICU and now have a 20cm plate in my leg.
I remember very little of my stay in that hospital.
After being released I went back to Bangkok to be cared for by my partner Kesinee and was wheelchair bound for most of 2017.
6 months into my rehab I was retrenched while I was away.
My employer called me back to Abu Dhabi to clean out my apartment.
In a wheelchair.
That was the end of my income and company health insurance.
My end of service benefits didn’t amount to much, workers comp was only the previous 6 months salary as per the law there.
All the money I had saved we lived on the year before as I took leave without pay for nine months.m to fix my hips.
I started walking with a cane late last year and have been exercising daily ever since.
Recovery has been very slow as I have a few existing health issues and there is strong pain at times.
It has been a real struggle physically and now financially.
We ran out of money in March, Kesinee has tried everything to get us some income.
I have missed Drs appointments as we can’t afford them.
Some good friends of ours here have helped us out.
The hardest thing has been asking ARCA for help.
I never imagined I would ever be in this situation.
Support Act helped us out recently as best they could with the big stuff. They have been a huge help.
We are extremely grateful for that.
I am hopeful I will be able to get back to full strength and walk
unaided by the end of the year and find some work."
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