Co Antrim man (23) in intensive care unit in Thailand following motorbike accident
A 23-year-old man from Co Antrim was last night in intensive care in Thailand after he suffered serious injuries in a motorbike accident which may result in him having to have his leg amputated above the knee.
Ross Davidson, from Carrickfergus, has been intubated since the crash, which happened last Friday.
The former pupil of Carrickfergus Grammar School and graduate of Liverpool John Moores University had been working in the Crown Bar in Belfast city centre before he left to go travelling on November 7.
He was riding a scooter in the Pai area when he crashed last Friday.
Mr Davidson's parents, Andrew and Desna, left Northern Ireland yesterday to be at their son's bedside.
While the Co Antrim man had taken out two insurance policies before leaving on his trip, only one has so far said it may pay out some funds towards the medical bills.
However, the Davidson family are now desperate to raise the outstanding funds required and also need to raise the money which will be needed to transport Ross home.
As a result, the family has set up a JustGiving page which has so far raised almost £6,000 towards a £10,000 target.
Speaking to the Irish News last night, Ross's aunt, Marcia McMath said the last few days had been "a living nightmare" for his family.
"They are in shock," she said.
"They didn't have time even to think because they had to get flights booked. They had to get a Thai translator. It has just been very frustrating. They can't speak to him either because he has tubes in his throat".
"It's really heartbreaking because you send them off and think they will have a good time but you never believe something like this will happen".
Marcia described her nephew as a "really likeable person" who is into rugby, running and cycling.
"The family just feel really helpless," she said.
"We just can't believe how supportive people have been, between the money and the messages. People have been amazing."
Marcia said the family are still hoping Ross will make a full recovery.
"We are hanging on to the last bit of hope we have," she said.
"Yes we know it could have been worse and he could have died. We know they saved his life with what they have done so far. For his sake, we would like him to be able to recover and keep his limb. No matter what happens we will support him."
Donations to help Ross Davidson can be made online at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/helprossdavidson