The family of a young British man left for dead following a hit-and-run in Thailand are desperately appealing for cash after they say his travel insurance company refused to foot the £12,000 medical bill.
Jake Tonkin, 23, remains in a critical condition in a Phuket hospital with a double-leg break, fractured femur and serious head injuries following the collision, which happened on Monday morning.
His mother Jane – thousands of miles away in Mobberley, Cheshire – frantically started a crowdfunding campaign on Monday, as doctors allegedly refused to treat Jake without payment.
Jake Tonkin, 23, remains in a critical condition in hospital in Phuket following the hit-and-run collision, which happened on Monday morning
On the JustGiving site, Jane notes: ‘He has not received any blood transfusions although he has continued to lose blood 12 hours after the accident occurred.
‘In the meantime Jake is still in the hospital bed in pain… The risks that are involved with him not receiving treatment, still remain. Losing his leg, sepsis and death.’
Jake had been riding as a passenger on a friend’s motorcycle when a car came around the corner on the wrong side of the road and hit them.
Both were thrown from the bike, with Jake landing underneath the wheels of the vehicle as it fled the scene.
He was given life-saving mouth-to-mouth by a Russian woman who had heard the crash and ran to their aid before being taken to Phuket International Hospital.
Jake’s mother says he suffered serious injuries to his head and is currently undergoing a series of neurological tests.
Jake’s mother Jane – thousands of miles away in Mobberley, Cheshire – frantically started a crowdfunding campaign on Monday, as doctors allegedly refused to treat Jake without payment
Despite his life-threatening condition, doctors at the hospital reportedly refused to treat any of his injuries until payment had been guaranteed.
Jane, 62, says the former Knutsford High pupil had been travelling on and off around Asia for the past two years and had always had a travel insurance policy.
She explained that up until around a month ago when he broke his elbow, her son had never made a claim, and the company InsureandGo funded the medical bill no problem.
But when Jane contacted them this time she said they refused to pay out, claiming Jake’s injuries were as a result of ‘careless driving on his part’.
Recalling the chain of events, she said: ‘I was frightened to death.
Jake pictured with his mother Jane, who said she was ‘distraught’ when she heard news of his accident
‘I was being told my son was in a serious condition in Thailand and doctors wouldn’t do anything other than dress his injuries until they were guaranteed payment.
‘The insurance company kept saying they wanted to speak to Jake but I told them he was unconscious so they couldn’t.
‘I was listed on his policy so they could speak to me, but they were saying there was nothing they could do until they’d spoken to him.
‘At one point I was calling their medical emergency line for two hours on two phones before anyone answered.
‘I was distraught, I didn’t know what to do, what to think, who to go to.’
After being told by Jake’s friends in Thailand he was in desperate need of surgery, the family managed to scrape together enough money to get the hospital to operate, but he still has a long way to go and more treatment is needed.
In an effort to find the funds, the family have launched an online appeal which raised more than £9,000 in just a day.
Jane said the family can’t believe the amount of support they have received already.
‘The first £10 came, then someone donated £50 and I burst into tears. I was a bit hesitant of asking for help at first, but people have been so kind and thoughtful.
‘We have been overwhelmed by it, everyone sending best wishes and kind thoughts, I can’t begin to explain the affect that has had on us as a family. It’s been really heartwarming and we are so grateful.’
A target of £12,000 was set, but it’s likely the final costs will be a lot higher, with a re-estimated figure of £25,000.
‘I just want him home,’ Jane added. ‘It’s not his fault. He didn’t plan to throw himself under a car.’
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