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Holidaymaker to be discharged from Thai hospital
A WANTAGE carpenter critically injured in a crash while on holiday in Thailand is recovering well in hospital.
Ryan Elson, 29, was left with fluid on the brain and needing facial surgery when his moped was involved in an accident earlier this month.
But friends say it looks as though he is now out of danger and will hopefully be home soon. They are raising money to get him back home, as the 29-year-old went abroad without holiday insurance.
Speaking via Facebook, his mum Sharon said: “Ryan has improved significantly over the past couple of days.
“Despite the ups and downs, things seem to have gone a bit onto fast forward. His tube has gone and so have his stitches.”
She has told friends they are hopeful he will be discharged by today and will stay in a hotel until he is fit enough to fly.
Mrs Elson said: “He is still not totally aware of what he has been through and was a bit overcome about it all.
“Looking back I am amazed at just how quickly he has improved since leaving ICU. “At times I could not see an end to it all, but now we can see the finish line.”
Friends, family and well wishers have been following progress updates on a Facebook page titled “This one’s for Ryan”.
His friend Fiona Ridley said: “It was amazing to hear. Every day I get up and check into Facebook to see if there are any updates.
“And to see that was wonderful, everyone is really happy.”
Friends are still in the process of organising a fundraising evening to raise money for Mr Elson’s medical bills.
It is thought the bill could eventually reach into tens of thousands of pounds.
The evening on September 1 at the Old Mill Hall in Grove will see hundreds of Mr Elson’s friends come together for music, food and fundraising.
A bake sale has been arranged for Wednesday outside Peter Ledbury in Grove Street, Wantage between 8am and 4pm.
A live music event has also been planned for September 20, at Shush bar in Newbury Street at 8pm. Tickets are £10 from Ray Collins on 07771 229068. Fundraisers from the police, fire, and ambulance services have also donated £1,000 to help pay the medical bills.
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