$8k raised for injured Kiwi in Phuket
Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:52a.m.
By Adam Ray
Nearly $8000 has been raised to go towards the medical costs for a New Zealander injured in a scooter crash in Thailand.
Sean Kenzie bought full travel insurance for his holiday, but didn't know that he wasn't covered for a motorbike or scooter accident.
He suffered a broken jaw, broken ribs, punctured lungs, and a split liver when he was hit by a van when riding a scooter in Phuket.
He has spent more than a week in a Phuket hospital and has racked up more than $16,000 in medical costs, which his family are now struggling to cover.
Since his story aired on 3 News last week, people have been offering donations to help meet his costs.
"I'm feeling really amazed, there's been a great response," his mother, Nadine Mouritsen, said from her Napier home today.
His mother now has $7800 in her account from donations, with more than $2000 donated in the past 24 hours.
"In today's economy people can't give much, so it's really heartening."
Mr Kenzie, who has lived in Perth for about four years, had only been in Phuket for a few days before the accident.
Mrs Mouritsen has stage-3 liver cancer, and has been dealing with the added stress of late night phone calls from the Phuket hospital asking for money to cover her son's treatment.
But those calls have now stopped and she says her son is trying to negotiate payment with the hospital.
"They have dropped off calling me, I'm quite surprised really."
She is not sure how much of the money will go towards the hospital, or towards the cost of getting Sean back to New Zealand.
A bank account has been setup for anyone who wants to contribute towards Sean's medical bills:
ANZ Online Call Account 11-6401-0087968-47
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