Abigail Sontag, a travel agent in from Essex, England, and her partner Pete Brudenell had been on holiday in Phuket only a couple of days before they were involved in a serious road accident.
The couple were travelling in a local taxi from Phuket to Khao Lak on May 1 when a truck struck their taxi head-on after hitting another car travelling in front of them.
Ms Sontag suffered a broken back, three broken ribs and a ruptured spleen and bowel.
She was brought Bangkok Hospital Phuket, where she is receiving medical treatment.
“Abbie’s mother Natalie, step dad Russell Brooks and sister Ellis immediately got the first available flight to Thailand on Tuesday (May 8) and have remained at Abbie’s bedside ever since,” reported EssexLive, the couple’s local newspaper back home. (See story here.)
“She has had the operation to repair her spleen, bowel and broken ribs and is awaiting her operation on her spine which is due in the next few days,” the family reported Wednesday (May 9).
The family were hit with the devastating news the following day that Ms Sontag’s travel insurance does not cover the B1.5 million in medical costs for her treatment and that they will be forced to pay for the operations.
Ms Sontag believed she had travel insurance with her bank, but she doesn’t, the family explained on a GoFundMe page set up to raise the £35,000 needed. (See GoFundMe page here.)
As of yesterday, the campaign had raised £6,000, but in the following 24 hours since EssexLive highlighted the story, and followed by The Sun, donations flowed in to now provide £32,500 raised by 1,147 people in just 24 hours.
“We are greatly thankful for all the kind souls in the world and thankful to have Abbie and Pete with us today,” the family said on the GoFundMe page.