NZer left to treat own wounds
Sat, 14 Jul 2012 6:03p.m.
By Karen Rutherford
A seriously ill New Zealander stuck in a Thai hospital has had a crushing setback. He has been kicked out for not paying enough of his medical bill.
New Zealanders have now donated more than $8000 to get Sean Kenzie home after his motorbike accident.
But that's not enough for hospital management who last night sent him packing.
Sean Kenzie has now been shunted out of the private hospital he was in after his near-fatal crash – straight into what he calls a Government-owned hellhole.
"There are rats running across the ground, geckos running up the walls,” he says. “It's not a hospital. It's a place you come to die."
After 10 days in the private hospital, he says staff last night took out his drip and told him to go.
Despite his mother already sending $8000 for surgical costs, management told him thousands more is owed.
"He is a bit freaked out,” says mother Nadine Mouritsen. “He's in a room with 50 other people and they've got them stacked into the hallways and doorways. He's cleaning and looking after his own wounds."
Sean Kenzie's medical bills are expected to hit $30,000 after his Thai motorbike accident.
He thought he was covered by travel insurance. It turns out the fine print excludes motorcycles.
His mother says New Zealanders have been generous. The upcoming auction of a donated kitchen is just one fundraiser.
But what Mr Kenzie needs right now is help from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"I don't know what to do,” he says. “I'm starting to wish I didn't survive."
“International SOS has given us a quote to fly Sean home, so that's the sort of price we're looking at,” says his mother.
The Ministry told 3 News tonight it is providing him with support and advice.
But fear of infection in a ward with 50 others means Sean Kenzie could now need more than that.
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8/08/2012 10:07:58 a.m.
I dare say that the government does not want to 'upset' the Thais in case the Thais stop sending their students to NZ to learn English. NZ should only give to health care to nationals of countries with a reciprocal system. I really hope this matter is not allowed to just pass under the door mat.
8/08/2012 10:05:14 a.m.
Maybe we should take a leaf out of the Thais book and start kicking their nationals out of our hospitals when they don't have cover. We are too soft.
30/07/2012 8:35:28 p.m.
Who did he take out travel insurance with?
28/07/2012 6:30:42 p.m.
fair kiwi wrote:
Kia Ora Sean. Pleased to see you are home safe thanks to the anonymous benefactor. As far as the Thais wanting ANOTHER $12000; tell them to suck eggs Sean and stay out of that country. That was disgusting what they did to you. Our hospital system has spent billions on accident victims on holiday in this country so lets call it quits.
The NZ taxpayer and government would never, ever do that to a visitor to our country which makes me proud.
Good luck mate and get well.
28/07/2012 12:10:37 a.m.
Come on new zealand this isnt the time to blame nor argue this is about getting him back to his family and good medical care back home if we all chip in a little then he can be home. Just imagine if it was your loved one and you needed help to save their life. Work together people.
27/07/2012 6:20:49 p.m.
Caitlin Welch wrote:
Please help him come home.
27/07/2012 12:53:55 p.m.
Its good to know NZ Govt will do Nothing when needing help.
26/07/2012 12:08:21 p.m.
NZ Govt for once do something for NZ's and just bring him home. Raewyn, Leeann, Zoe, Kiritana, and Vee in regards to the Insurance Companies you are all so right!!! Its all about money. Well how about all u Politicians throw in 10 grand each.... Its only gonna put a lil dent in your pocket. You do nothing for the people in NZ so have a heart... If u have one! Kia Kaha Sean. If its money you need you will get it COME ON NZ!
25/07/2012 5:01:34 p.m.
new zeal and help your own people you are busy paying for the election in Fiji when one of your people id dying in a foreign land
24/07/2012 5:26:29 p.m.
maybe if he was the skipper of TEAM NEW ZEALAND he would get chartered plane to fly him back? Typical NZ government
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