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On 13th of September 2015 British born Dave Polley was kicked out of the window of his home in Koh Tao where he had lived for 13 years with his wife and children. After being put on a life support machine Mr Polley’s mother was asked to sign a form giving the hospital permission to turn off the a machines to end his life.
Dave Polley visited in Thailand in 1999, having fallen in love with the place he returned 13 years ago to live in Koh Chang where he met his wife Ae. After five blissful years in Koh Chang the couple moved to Koh Tao where Mr Polley, now fluent in Thai, took a job as a diving instructor. Things were going well for the couple living an idyllic lifestyle until Mr Polley was thrown through one of the windows of his house, his injuries very nearly killed him and have left him permanently disabled. The reason? His wife was having an affair with another English man named Terry Lee Towers and had robbed him of 3 million Thai baht. Mr Polley discovered that his, house, registered in his son Michael Ladlakhon Polley’s name as he was a Thai/ English national, had been illegally transferred to his wife by her friend, a corrupt government official.
During the fall Mr Polley sustained injuries so horrific that at one point he was declared brain dead. He was put onto a life support machine and spent four months in hospital in Thailand and many more in rehabilitation in the UK. Mr Polly told the Samui Times that it was his son who saved his life. “My 4 year old son saved my life. When I was in coma declared brain dead the doctor refused to operate. My son jumped on the bed and said daddy daddy wake up. My head hands and feet started shaking even though I was in a coma, and my brain monitor showed brain activity. The Dr said ‘oh my God his brain came back to life. So operated on me. He said
During the operation Mr Polley’s skull was opened to remove blood clots and relieve the pressure.
While Mr Polley survived his ordeal the injuries he sustained have had a considerable impact on his life, he told us “When I awoke from my coma and asked my brother where my girlfriend Vicky May Rose, was, he said don’t you remember? she died 10 years ago. So I asked where my dad Michael Polley was and he said he died 10 years ago. My brain damage wiped my memory. These days I go to Headway in Bath, brain injury specialists, and meet other people with brain damage, many of them are in wheelchairs unable to walk. The Dr in Samui said I would never talk or walk again. But here I am alive and walking and talking.
Mr Polly may be walking and talking but it is not just his memory that has been lost. While he was in hospital Mr Polly says that his wife stole his three motorbikes, treasures from a shipwreck he had recovered, his bank cards and driving licence was stolen, his house was repossessed when repayments to a loan shark were not met by his wife, who used the property, now in her name, as collateral. More disturbingly still he has lost his children who have disappeared along with his wife. Mr Polley said “I went to Baan Talak Din near Udon Thani looking for her at her step mums house only to be told she was in Philippines. Then I heard she was in Pattaya, I went there to find her but instead found a guy who had her new phone number. I called her and she said she was going to Australia with Terry Lee towers. I have now lost my job as a diving instructor trainer, my house, my motorbikes, treasures and pottery from shipwrecks and worst of all my two English children, I don’t even know if they are alive, I have not laid eyes on them since March last year. I am now a homeless unemployed disabled man living in England who doesn’t know if my children are alive or dead. I want to go public with this in case someone knows where my children are and if they are still alive. And I want to warn people about Nuttlada Ladlakhon, as she might try and kill you or rob you. She said she had a boyfriend behind my back for 3 years. I found out about Terry towers from a Thai in Pattaya who sent me photos from his Facebook page satting with the mother of my children. He is from London. My house was meant to be in my Thai sons name you should need a court order to change the name, but my wife has friends in the government office who illegally changed the name on the title. Now I am on disability living allowance as I can’t work as a diving instructor anymore as I have brain damage and have to live on universal credit. She has cut me up with knifes before and threatening to stab me, I want the world to know what happened.