NZ tourist with serious burns returns home

NZ tourist with serious burns returns home

A 20-year-old New Zealand tourist who suffered serious burns while on holiday in Romania has been flown home.

Fergus Chetwin Kelly was burnt when he touched a live wire above an abandoned railway carriage.

It's thanks to the generosity of others that his family was able to get him home.

On the tarmac at Auckland Airport this morning there was a brief reunion as Bridie Chetwin Kelly's badly injured brother was transferred from an international flight to a waiting air ambulance bound for Christchurch.

Fergus had been travelling in Europe on his OE when he touched a live wire above an abandoned train carriage in Romania. He sustained second-degree burns to 86 percent of his body and a severe head injury in the fall.

He's been in a medically induced coma in a hospital in Bucharest for the past seven weeks.

"Apparently he's doing really well. He's getting better every day. He's doing better than they thought he would. All his burns have healed, which is good, so it's just more neurological," says Ms Kelly.

But the cost of getting Fergus home – he required a doctor to travel with him – were enormous, so the family began a Givealitte page, which has already raised $60,000.

"It's unbelievable how kind people are and how much people relate to it. It's nice to see Kiwis banding together. There's not even enough words for me to say. None of us know how to say thank you," says Ms Kelly.

Just before the midday Fergus and Bridie touched down in Christchurch, where Fergus's long road to recovery will continue in his home city.

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