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    British teacher fighting for his life in Thailand after being 'savagely attacked'

    British teacher, 40, fighting for his life in Thailand after 'stranger savagely attacked him with a metal bar'
    • Adam Pickles needed brain surgery and now in coma
    • Had only just recovered from horrific motorbike crash
    • It also left him in a coma and he missed his son's birth
    By Daily Mail Reporter

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    09:26 GMT, 25 May 2012 | UPDATED: 09:49 GMT, 25 May 2012

    A British teacher is fighting for his life in a Thai hospital after a stranger savagely attacked him with a metal bar.

    Adam Pickles, 40, is in a coma after the brutal assault which left him needing emergency brain surgery.

    In a tragic twist of irony, Adam, of Bradford, West Yorks., who used to teach at a school in Wakefield, had only just recovered from a horrific motorbike crash.


    Attack: Adam Pickles, 40, is in a coma after the brutal assault in Thailand which left him needing emergency brain surgery

    It had also left him in a coma, missing the birth of his eight-month-old son Benjamin.

    His parents Adele, 61, and Andrew, 62, have flown from their home in Leeds to be at his bedside while friends at home and abroad rally to raise the cost of his medical care.

    Mrs Pickles said: 'It breaks my heart. The days seem very long, just waiting, waiting, hoping he'll come back to us. It's any mum's worst nightmare.

    'We are hoping he can make as full a recovery as possible for Benjamin. He absolutely loves him and he had so many plans for him. We really need him to come back to us for the sake of his little boy.'

    Mr Pickles, a former teacher at the Cathedral School in Wakefield, moved to Thailand seven years ago, where he lives in Pattaya and works at the Regent's International School as head of English.

    He was attacked as he drove home alone from a bar in the Nong Prue district, where he plays pool, last Thursday.

    On the way, he stopped and got out of his car, although it is not known why. He was then beaten over the head before his attacker - who is believed to be a Westerner - drove off, leaving him for dead.

    Thai police are investigating but have not yet arrested anyone.

    A passer-by found Mr Pickles and he was rushed to hospital, where he is in intensive care after emergency surgery to remove blood clots from his brain.

    Mrs Pickles said: 'They have said this week is the crucial time as to whether he makes it.'

    Doctors say it could take up to a month for him to wake, and the brain damage may leave him with impaired speech and movement.

    More than 4,000 people have joined a Facebook group set up to help pay for Mr Pickles' medical treatment and bring him home.

    Friends, relatives, former students and strangers have sent hundreds of messages of support to his parents and Benjamin's mother Pafan.

    Between them they have pledged more than £10,000 in 48 hours.

    Mrs Pickles said: 'It is giving us so much comfort to know everyone loves him so much. He would just be overwhelmed by the response.

    'People have been so generous and we are so grateful. We want to say thank you so much.'

    The hospital charges more than £2,000 a day, and medical repatriation may cost at least £70,000.

    Mr Pickles' insurance will not cover the full bill, and his care after the motorbike crash cost family and friends more than £15,000.

    His best friend Neil Clappison, of Leeds, said: 'It feels completely unreal that this is happening to Adam after all he went through last year.

    'It was horrendous for him to miss the birth of his beautiful son, so what is happening now seems almost unbelievable.

    'We are doing everything we can to raise the money needed to ensure Adam survives and then to bring him home.

    'The hospitals there are ruthless and if they don't have the money on a per day basis, they may leave you to die.

    'We won't let this happen to somebody who really is one in a million.'

    Danielle Nicholls, a former colleague at the Cathedral School where he worked from 2001 to 2005, said: 'He's one of those characters that everyone who meets him loves.

    'He radiates positivity and makes everyone smile. We're all very saddened by his situation and will do everything we can to support the fundraising campaign.

    'We send all our love and sincere hopes for his full recovery to his family.'

    Details of how to donate can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/adampickles or www.adampickles.blogspot.co.uk.

    Read more: British teacher, 40, fighting for his life in Thailand after 'stranger savagely attacked him with a metal bar' | Mail Online
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    The Regents is one of the top paying schools here in Pattaya, he will have a good insurance from the school.

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    "Thai police are investigating but have not yet arrested anyone."

    So typical. Apparently money is not flowing in the right direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    Mr Pickles' insurance will not cover the full bill, and his care after the motorbike crash cost family and friends more than £15,000.
    Is there any insurance that covers motorbike accidents?

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    "Business dispute".

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    More than 4,000 people have joined a Facebook group set up to help pay for Mr Pickles' medical treatment and bring him home.
    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    Between them they have pledged more than £10,000
    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    Mrs Pickles said: 'It is giving us so much comfort to know everyone loves him so much. He would just be overwhelmed by the response
    125 baht each, and that's pledged
    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    The hospital charges more than £2,000 a day
    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    medical repatriation may cost at least £70,000.
    God Bless

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    he hospital charges more than £2,000 a day
    Sorry but that must be total bollox, even if you are in ICU and being tended 24/7 by a bevy of hand-maidens. That's 100,000 baht per day ffs!

    I don't suppose this is the famous 'gimme-your-money-or-you-die' Bangkok Pattaya Hospital by any chance???
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    The son is 8 month's old so this happened at least that long ago....

    8 * 30 * 2000 pounds a day = 480,000 pounds? Over 23 million Baht? Ouch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43
    I don't suppose this is the famous 'gimme-your-money-or-you-die' Bangkok Pattaya Hospital by any chance???
    Probably. They wanted to charge me 12,000 Baht for something fairly minor which I refused and had done at a local private hospital near me for around 1,400 Baht instead when I returned home the next day.

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    I carry a disgustingly horrible tool with me at all times that looks like a broken key and broken glass stuck together with some shoe glue when the police stop me on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    The son is 8 month's old so this happened at least that long ago.... 8 * 30 * 2000 pounds a day = 480,000 pounds? Over 23 million Baht? Ouch!
    The motorbike accident was that long ago, this is a new incident.

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    "Business dispute".
    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    He was attacked as he drove home alone from a bar in the Nong Prue district, where he plays pool
    Most likely a pool league, and having played in one myself in Thailand, and the wankers they attract, it's most likely related to a sore loser.

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    I wonder why the police suspect it was a westerner...

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    ^ because Thais never hit people in the head with iron bars and pieces of wood of-cause

    Sorry for the fella and his family, hope he will be okay.
    Last edited by larvidchr; 26-05-2012 at 01:39 AM.

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    ^ Maybe because it was reportedly only 1 attacker and not 5 or 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    Mr Pickles' insurance will not cover the full bill, and his care after the motorbike crash cost family and friends more than £15,000.
    Is there any insurance that covers motorbike accidents?
    My SCB insurance will cover a bike accident to the limit of the policy- I wouldn't have gone with them otherwise- I figure that's the #1 reason I would need an insurance policy in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    he hospital charges more than £2,000 a day
    Sorry but that must be total bollox, even if you are in ICU and being tended 24/7 by a bevy of hand-maidens. That's 100,000 baht per day ffs!

    I don't suppose this is the famous 'gimme-your-money-or-you-die' Bangkok Pattaya Hospital by any chance???
    Having gone through this with my FIL a year ago, I can tell you that the 100K per day figure for the ICU (involving a brain injury) in a high-end private hospital in LOS is correct.
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    Wife was in the hospital with kidney failure and it cost up to 150,000bt per day to keep her alive and I had to pay each day........

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    Mr Pickles' insurance will not cover the full bill, and his care after the motorbike crash cost family and friends more than £15,000.
    Is there any insurance that covers motorbike accidents?
    If you have health insurance they will only pay 50 % of the bill for a motorbike accident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    The Regents is one of the top paying schools here in Pattaya, he will have a good insurance from the school.
    It lost it's British international accreditation a few years back. Did it ever recover from that?

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    BBC News - Facebook appeal for teacher in coma after Thailand assault

    29 May 2012 Last updated at 15:07 GMT

    Facebook appeal for teacher in coma after Thailand assault



    Adam Pickles has lived in Thailand for seven years and has a baby son

    Friends of a former Leeds teacher left in a coma after an assault in Thailand are appealing for funds to pay his medical bills.

    Adam Pickles, 40, was hit on the head by a metal bar in an attack last week in the city of Pattaya.

    Mr Pickles has lived in Thailand for seven years where he works as an English teacher at a local college.

    His friends have set-up a Facebook page to raise the £2,000 a day needed for his treatment.

    Mr Pickles' parents have flown out from their home in Leeds to be by his bedside.

    He remains in a critical condition and his parents said doctors were waiting for him to come out of his coma before they could fully assess his injuries.

    His mother Adele Pickles said the situation was a "living nightmare".

    'Really expensive'

    "He's still on a ventilator," she said.

    "It's just a case of living day by day and hoping and praying each day that it is good news."

    His parents are helping to look after Mr Pickles' eight-month-old son Benjamin.

    According to the fundraising page, the teacher's medical insurance has yet to pay out and is unlikely to cover the full cost of his treatment.

    Katie Jones, one of the friends behind the campaign, said the medical costs were high because Mr Pickles was being treated in an intensive care unit.

    She said: "Earlier this week the hospital asked for another £3,000 to pay for the medication which they needed to change, which will take him through another six days."

    "Everything is really expensive over there."

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    ^ If this British Government is going to tax their citizens to impose a communist health care system, they should cover British citizens while they are out of the Country. America's health care system sucks, but at least my private insurance covers me here for anything including motorcycle accidents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    ^ If this British Government is going to tax their citizens to impose a communist health care system, they should cover British citizens while they are out of the Country. America's health care system sucks, but at least my private insurance covers me here for anything including motorcycle accidents.
    I don't think it is a communist care system. The NHS has long had a regulation that to qualify for treatment one must be ordinarily resident in the UK and to have not been absent for more than 6 months.

    The Middle East states all have free health care systems for their citizens and I'm fairly certain they are not communist either.

    The British level of taxation is commensurate with any liberal, western democracy. Certainly, the provision for the poor and vulnerable is a staple of any civilised society which adheres to Christian values and is a feature of the British welfare system among many others but that does not denote communism in itself.

    I'm puzzled too about your reference to private insurance. British people often use this facility whilst in Thailand and those who remain for lengthy periods will often negotiate with local providers for indemnity. What is your point and how does it relate to communism?

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    We need to fly Adam home
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    Adam Pickles


    FRIENDS and family of a teacher fighting for his life in a Thai hospital have raised more than £27,000 to pay for his medical fees.

    Former Cathedral Academy teacher Adam Pickles suffered head injuries after a savage hammer attack by a stranger in Thailand last week.

    Within days, thousands of supporters from home and around the world have raised almost £30,000 to fly him back to England for treatment.

    But those close to the 40-year-old father-of-one fear they will need almost £100,000 to bring him home and they are calling on the government to do more to help.

    Close friend Neil Clappison of Leeds launched the Facebook campaign to bring Mr Pickles, who has an eight-month old son, home

    Mr Clappison told the Express: “I never expected the campaign to be as big as this, but it is testament to what a great guy Adam is.

    “His parents are struggling over there I am campaigning to get a meeting with foreign secretary William Hague to raise this issue, as they are not getting any help from the British government.

    “It has been very frustrating and we want him home as soon as possible.

    “He was well thought of as a teacher in Wakefield and we have had a lot of people saying he was their favourite teacher and sharing stories about him.

    “I was devastated when I found out as he is the one friend I have the biggest connection with. He is one in a million.”

    Mr Pickles is in a coma and has undergone several operations on his brain.

    Mr Pickles’ parents Adele, 61, and Andrew, 62, have flown from their home in Leeds to be at his bedside while friends at home and abroad rally to raise the cost of his medical care, which stands at £2,000 a day.

    Mr Pickles has medical insurance, but his family say they are having difficulty getting the company to pay up.

    To support the campaign visit Adam Pickles' Fundraising Site

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Mr Pickles has medical insurance, but his family say they are having difficulty getting the company to pay up.
    WTF ??

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    I just had an op on my hand with a night in hospital.

    Bill was 116,697.00 but try booking business class on BA for that at short notice.


    I must admit a lot of the staff must be employed for their looks. Unlike BA...!

    Hope the guy pulls through.
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