Manchester man paralysed in horrific motorbike crash

David in hospital in Southport

A student has been left with life-changing injuries after a horrific moped crash in Thailand.
David Eastham, 20, was on a holiday of a lifetime with five friends across Thailand when summer trip was cut short by tragedy. He was thrown from a moped after the driver lost control and skidded off the road. David, from Middleton, suffered multiple injuries including a broken back, broken left shoulder, punctured lung, a bleed in the brain, cracked ribs and nerve damage to his left forearm. He is currently paralysed from his stomach down.

After three weeks of operations and treatment in Thailand he was flown home earlier this month and is now being treated at the North West Regional Spine Injury Centre in Southport – but he faces a very long road to recovery. Although the medical care was covered after lengthy negotiations with the insurance provider, they haven’t paid for expenses for the family to be at David’s bedside, which cost them an estimated £4,500 for travel, hotel and phone bills. The travel insurance company only covers accidents on mopeds of 55cc or less, but the minimum available in Thailand is 110cc, which is what David, of Tonge Roughs, was riding. His family are desperate to raise £5,000 to go towards equipment and the facilities to help David complete his final year at Northumbria University, where he is studying business management.

His mum Janet has set up a crowdfunding website to raise the money. Donate to Janet’s appeal here.