A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to bring home a former Welsh Guard and father who is in a coma after a serious accident in Thailand.
Father-of-one Adam Hobbs has been travelling in the country but suffered the injuries on Monday evening after a motorbike accident in Koh Samui, one of the country’s largest islands.
Adam, 28, from Roath , Cardiff, is now in a critical condition in hospital there, and friends and family are hoping to raise £10,000 to bring him home.
The accident happened after Adam, who is being accompanied in hospital by girlfriend Samantha Theobald, 31, from London, came off his motorbike.
Adam, a former Welsh Guard who served the country in Iraq, met Samantha when travelling around the Asian country after both left the UK alone.
Locals set them up, and they quickly grew fond of one another before falling in love.
Sonia Davis, a friend of Samantha who has spoken to her since the accident, said Adam was reportedly breathing and appeared to be doing well immediately after sustaining the injuries, was conscious for “at least 20 minutes”, and was speaking.
But he soon stopped breathing and fell unconscious, and so was taken to a local hospital as quickly as possible. He has been in a coma ever since.
Now friends and family have launched Just Giving fundraising campaign to get Adam, whose travel insurance has run out, home safely.
Sonia said: “The most important thing now is to get them both home. Samantha said it’s awful out there with him in this state, and she doesn’t feel safe.
“It’s vital we get them back – it’s life or death.
“Adam is a loving father to a young son Addison who is desperate to have his dad back home. Please help us.”
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “We are providing consular assistance to a British national who has been hospitalised in Thailand.”
To donate, see www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bringadamhome