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Phuket: Injured Canadian teacher returns home

Phuket: Injured Canadian teacher returns home

PHUKET: Mark Schofield, the teacher at Kajonkiet International School who was seriously injured in a motorbike crash last month, is now back home in Nova Scotia, Canada, after spending a month in hospital in Phuket.

By Claire Connell

Saturday 12 October 2013, 06:47PM

Mark with his wife Rachel on their wedding day in 2013.

Mark with his wife Rachel on their wedding day in 2013.

Canada’s Chronicle Herald newspaper reported that Mr Schofield arrived at Halifax on Wednesday night (October 9), accompanied by a doctor and nurse from Vachira Hospital in Phuket.

The 34-year-old was left in a coma with a broken jaw, two broken arms, broken collarbone and a shattered eye socket, plus brain trauma and other injuries. Doctors removed a part of his skull to relieve pressure from brain swelling. He was not covered by insurance and family and friends raised B1.8 million to cover his hospital care at Vachira Hospital.

Mr Schofield still has nerve damage in his left arm, which is in a sling. He has trouble swallowing, has a tracheotomy (he was on a ventilator earlier) and has lost 13 kilogrammes, but he can now see out of his left eye and is able to walk, the newspaper reported.

“The one thing that was a huge relief was he recognized me,” Mark’s brother Scott was quoted as saying.

“With his memory loss … I didn’t have to tell him who I was.”

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