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Heartbreak for family of Australian man seriously injured in hit and run on Koh Samui

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The family of an Australian man who was severely injured after being involved in a hit and run accident on Koh Samui have been told he is unlikely to survive.

Heartbreak for family of Australian man seriously injured in hit and run on Koh Samui | News by Samui TimesBenjamin French, 36, was on the island to attend a friends wedding when he was hit by a car while riding a motorcycle at around 4am on 28th March.

He suffered catastrophic injuries which included breaks to all of his ribs, punctured lungs, breaks to his spinal cord and several injuries to his brain.

While Benjamin had travel insurance he did not have an Australian motorcycle license and because of this his insurance company refused to pay out.

The insurance company said the lack of a motorcycle license invalidated Benjamin’s insurance policy.

Left with hefty medical bills which stood at approximately $20,000 per day, Benjamin’s family launched a GoFundMe appeal to raise funds in order to fly him back to Australia using the Medevac service.

The fundraising appeal reached the $90,000 target and on Friday, Benjamin was flown back to Perth and taken to the intensive care unit at the Royal Perth Hospital.

However, shortly after arrival Benjamin suffered two strokes and now doctors have told his family that he is unlikely to regain consciousness for his coma, 9 News reported.

The family now face medical bills of hundreds of thousands of dollars for Benjamin’s treatment in Thailand, which included having his part of his skull removed, brain surgery and blood transfusions.

Thai Visa / 9 News

Heartbreak for family of Australian man seriously injured in hit and run on Koh Samui | News by Samui Times

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