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British woman in Phuket hospital after bike crash

PHUKET: Family and friends of British expat Andrea Woodmansey are rallying to raise funds for her medical care after she was left seriously injured in a motorbike crash.


Claire Connell

Sunday 14 July 2013, 02:31PM


Miss Woodmansey, who has lived on and off in Phuket for the last four years after moving from England, is currently in Vachira Hospital after a motorbike crash near Chalong Circle on July 6.

Details of the crash are sketchy as Miss Woodmansey cannot remember anything before or after the crash, but it is understood she lost control of her bike on a wet road on her way home to Chalong, and may have crashed into a vehicle. She was wearing a helmet at the time.

Friends drove past and stopped, without realising it was Miss Woodmansey, and did CPR and got her to hospital.

Miss Woodmansey was left with a dislocated hip (her leg is currently in traction to help with the healing), a broken left femur, a fractured left kneecap, a fractured right arm, a torn liver, a skull fracture, a collapsed lung, as well as her right knee tearing open.

But the most concerning injury is there is no feeling in Miss Woodmansey’s right arm due to nerve damage.

Miss Woodmansey doesn’t have health insurance in Phuket and with increasing medical costs, family and friends are trying to raise the estimated B1 million required to get her back to the UK to seek specialist treatment for her arm.

“I’ve got family there and it’s free, at home we have NHS (the National Health Service),” Miss Woodmansey explains.

“I’ve got no feeling in my arm and I could lose it. Once I’m rehabilitated I want to come back, this is my life here – it’s my home and where I live.”

What is also crushing for Miss Woodmansey is that her plans to establish a superfood health business with a charitable arm on the island are now on hold until her health improves.

“But I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and love from everyone, it’s been amazing,” she said.

Miss Woodmansey’s mother Rachel Sharp flew over from the UK straight away when she heard the news.

Friends and family have raised nearly 10,000 pounds (B470,000), which will cover her stay at Vachira Hospital so far. But without medical insurance, Mrs Sharp wants her daughter to go back to the UK where she can get free specialised care which will hopefully be able to save the nerve in her arm.

Transporting Miss Woodmansey back in her current state will cost around 31,500 pounds (roughly B1.4 million), which they have to pay upfront.

“Our aim is to get her home on Friday and get her arm sorted,” Mrs Sharp said.

For more details on how to donate visit www.helpsaveandrea.com/ or visit the Facebook page "Help Save Andrea".

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