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24 Year Old Scot Suffers Major Brain Injury Without Insurance

Brain injuries at any age are dramatic but at age 24 whilst overseas without insurance they become very problematic

In January 2016 Owen Auskerry - a 24 year old - from Scotland tragically suffered a brain aneurysm (a burst blood vessel) whilst in Thailand.

At the time of the incident Owen was flown from Nakhon Si Thammarat , some 380km , to a private hospital in Bangkok after a series of seizures.

Owen underwent a 3 1/2 hour brain surgery whilst his parents made arrangements to fly to the Thai capital to be by his side.

The medical costs rose steeply very quickly and concerns over his long-term care forced his family to turn to crowdfunding website GoFundMe for help.

It was further reported at the time that "The cost of his medical treatment in Thailand and the financial implications of his parents going out there to help look after him, as well to bring him home have been and will continue to be considerable".

Skiers Urged To Buy Travel Insurance

Skiing accidents can seriously affect both your health & finances if unprotected

Many ski-loving holidaymakers are still heading off to the slopes unprotected more than two years since Michael Schumacher suffered his near-fatal accident in the Alps.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and ABTA leaders say that many Britons still go skiing without the appropriate travel insurance or equipment. They warn that the UK's near-one million skiing tourists should safeguard themselves on both matters.

This is why ABTA has launched a new guide detailing what kit snowboarders and skiers require before they hit the slopes.

Warning As Holidaymakers Travel Overseas Without Insurance

20% of holidaymakers are travelling overseas uninsured according to new research

Holidaymakers and business travellers run the risk of substantial medical bills which can run into thousands of pounds, particularly if an air ambulance is required to fly them home, travel association Abta warned.

The percentage doing this is similar to last year, when 22% travelled overseas uninsured - but there has been a big rise in young holidaymakers doing so. One third (33%) of 16-24 year olds are travelling uninsured, up from 22% in 2014.

A similar proportion (32%) of 25-34 year olds are also doing this, making these two age groups the most at risk should something go wrong.

Another Family Attempting To Raise Money To Have Their Son Returned From A Nightmare Holiday Accident

Yet another holiday nightmare without travel insurance protection

Just four hours after Jason Hoffman arrived in Phuket, Thailand in mid-April, Jason Hoffman was involved in a serious scooter accident.

The Campbell River native, who now lives in Calgary, broke his leg and smashed his head in the crash.

He later learned one of the three Thai nationals on the other scooter died, with the other two being sent to hospital.

Many of the details of the accident are still unknown to Hoffman and his family, according to older brother Clinton Hoffman. Jason only remembers getting on a scooter, getting into a collision and waking up in hospital, Clinton tells Global News.

Aussie Reveals Holiday Nightmare In Thailand & A $40,000 Hospital Bill

John Capretta certainly did not plan his vacation with hospital bills in mind

John Capretta was over the moon when he landed in Thailand for the trip of a lifetime.

So when he fell over and cut his ankle, it seemed like a minor setback. Sure, it wasn’t the ideal way to start his holiday, but after a few stitches he thought nothing more of it.

Little did he realise that things were about to get a whole lot worse, and that this simple accident would end up wreaking havoc on his tropical trip, and his health.

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