Kiwi injured in Phuket coming home
Fri, 27 Jul 2012 9:34a.m.
By 3 News online staff
A Kiwi whose insurance company refused to pay out after he was injured in a motorcycle accident in Thailand will soon be coming home.
Sean Kenzie, 27, was injured badly injured in a collision with a taxi in Phuket on June 30, suffering punctured lungs, broken ribs, a split liver and a broken jaw.
Two weeks ago he was kicked out of the private hospital he was staying in after his insurance company Cover More told him he wasn't covered for motorcycle accidents.
Mr Kenzie described the government-run hospital he was transferred to a "hellhole", calling it a "place you come to die".
But he'll be coming home now after an anonymous donor paid for a medivac flight home with a doctor, reports the New Zealand Herald. He could be in the air as early as today.
"Details have to be confirmed but I'm delighted to hear the news and I hope it all goes according to plan,'' Mr Kenzie told the paper.
His friends and family had been trying to raise the money themselves, but with estimated total cost of $50,000, they were struggling.
His brother raised $1350 by auctioning off a space on his body for a tattoo. It was bought by a Christian childcare centre, which told him no tattoo would be necessary.
A friend, Michelle Carlton, raised $1300 by auctioning herself off for a blind date.
Mr Kenzie isn't sure which hospital he'll be going to once he's in New Zealand, but probably won't be using Cover More again.
"I've been put through the wringer," he told the Herald.
Mr Kenzie's family says he wasn't told of a clause in his insurance policy saying motorbike or moped riding wasn't covered, unless he'd paid an extra premium.
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