Strangers offer help to injured Kiwi
Fri, 13 Jul 2012 6:20p.m.
By Adam Ray
Every day Sean Kenzie spends in a Phuket hospital adds to rising hospital costs following a scooter crash.
“He's a bit frustrated and depressed – because of the language barrier he's not able to communicate,” says his mother Nadine Mouritsen.
Mr Kenzie thought he'd be covered by the travel insurance he bought, but it excluded motorcycles.
His medical bill could now top $30,000 – money his family doesn't have – but donations have been mounting.
The latest contribution has been from a Hastings firm offering to sell a new kitchen.
Ms Mouritsen says the response has been amazing.
“Couldn't have dreamed we would have something like that offered,” she says.
Mercy Renovators owner Steve Petrowski says his only link with Mr Kenzie was a shared love of motorbikes.
“No connection at all - I just felt my heart, felt sorry for the guy,” he says.
Mr Petrowski will sell a $20,000 kitchen through his company website - with appliances, plumbing and electrical work.
“At least $16,000 – more if we can – because we want to get him back here.”
Others are just as determined to help.
Mr Kenzie’s brother Kane Kenzie is offering to tattoo his face for the highest bidder.
A friend is auctioning the chance to paint her body.
“Just so chuffed, so heart-warmed by the response of people,” says Ms Mouritsen.
She says Mr Kenzie’s condition still needs to improve before he can fly back to New Zealand.
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14/07/2012 6:45:49 p.m.
TV3 get Sean's family to phone ACC, as if Sean is employed in NZ and on leave from said employment ACC will cover his medical costs. Hope this message gets forwarded to his family. Thinking of you all.
13/07/2012 7:42:56 p.m.
Choice. Good to see kiwi's helping kiwi's
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