'We Need To Bring Him Home': Family's Plea For Help After Schoolie Critically Injured In Bali
The family of an Australian teen who was critically injured in a scooter crash while celebrating schoolies in Bali have raised more than $130,000 to bring him home for treatment.
Lawson Rankin, 18, has spent six days in intensive care at a Bali hospital following the horror accident on the Indonesian island on Saturday.
Rankin had been riding a scooter when he accelerated to pursue a driver who snatched a friend's phone, according to a statement released on his family's behalf.
Rankin's friends later found his scooter lodged deep inside a concrete drain. He was found unconscious, face-down and drowning in the sewer with a split helmet and cuts to his head.
The statement said Rankin's friends lifted him out and started to perform CPR while locals called an ambulance.
His family said they were "eternally grateful for the heroic actions of these young men".
The family have flown to Indonesia to be by their son's side at the Bali International Medical Centre, where he remained unconscious on Friday.
“This is the most devastating thing a parent can go through, to see our beautiful son in this state in a foreign country is extremely horrific," the family said.
"We need to bring him home."
Rankin's cousin, Taren Brown, has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his medivac flight to Sydney and transfers to Newcastle, along with ongoing medical costs.
Brown said Rankin underwent surgery for his injuries, including 20 stitches for a head wound caused by his crushed helmet. He also suffered a brain haemorrhage and infection from the water that reached his lungs.
But his recovery journey remains unknown.
Brown wrote that Rankin had travel insurance but because he was not licenced to ride a motorbike the family will not receive any cover for his medical costs.
A few days in an international hospital have cost $30,00 while his medical evacuation could reach $100,000.
That's why the family turned to the public through the GoFundMe for help.
"His family are going to bring him home no matter what it takes, but to support them, we're asking for your help," Brown wrote.
"We need to make it happen as soon as possible, so the focus can be on Lawson’s recovery in the time ahead."
Brown wrote that the fundraiser will be used directly for Rankin's medical costs for as long as he is required to stay in Bali, along with his medical evacuation -- when he is safe to travel -- and his rehabilitation.
At time of writing, the fundraiser has reached over $137,000.
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