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A man on holiday could lose a foot after suffering a horrific accident while riding a moped.
Belgian charity worker Julius Grauls, who lives in Sydney, Australia, was biking with his friend Shrey Sharma through Koh Phangan in Thailand when the pair were struck by a truck.
A juggernaut vehicle suddenly turned right without indicating and slammed into their bike, crushing Julius’ right foot.
The bones and nerves became exposed and had left him with the prospect of never being able to walk again.
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It will cost the 29-year-old over $100,000 (£83,000) to have all the surgeries needed to save the foot.
Julius has already had to stump up $13,700 (£11,300) after he was rushed to hospital on the island in south-east of the country.
They were only one week into a two-week break when the accident took place, while Shrey also suffered injuries but they were not as severe as Julius’.
Shrey revealed: “As soon as it hit, we both fell and Julius’ leg got stuck under the tyre.
“He pulled it back out and it was in a really bad condition. His foot was basically hanging off.”
Julius was taken 100 metres up the road to a nearby hospital but his woes worsened.
Shrey added: “Because the hospital was really small they just cleaned it and put a bandage around it.
“They told us he needed to be taken to another hospital as they don’t have enough resources to do surgeries.”
They paid the hospital a $1,700 (£1.400) fee and forked out a further $12,000 (£10,000) deposit for Julius to be taken to Bangkok Hospital, where he was transferred by boat. But they refused to take him in before they received payment in full.
“They cleaned everything again and put rods externally to make sure his foot is in the right position,” Shrey explained.
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Julius has been transferred to a government hospital as they couldn’t afford the $4,000 (£3,300) daily fee at the Koh Samui hospital.
Shrey said: “Right now we’re trying to get him to Bangkok or Belgium to do all the surgeries, but we have been quoted $120,000 (£99,700) including hiring a private plane to get him there.”
Shrey said Julius needs several operations in order to save his foot, while friends have started a GoFundMe to cover the costs.
At the of writing, nearly £15.700 had been pledged of their £102,329 target.
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