Kiwi in Thailand left in coma after scooter crash

  • 09/07/2015
Paul Lupi
Paul Lupi

By 3 News online staff

Family of a Wellington man left in a coma after a serious scooter crash in Thailand have raised almost $100,000 for his medical care, but still need more.

Paul Lupi, co-owner of CM Office Supplies, was in Thailand on holiday when the accident happened on Monday.

His business partner Harvey Frame says Mr Lupi was wearing a helmet, but the impact of the crash was on his cheek, Fairfax Media reports. The other person on the scooter was uninjured.

His family say he's showing signs of improvement and is able to move his limbs and squeezes fingers on command.

However, keeping him in hospital is expensive, with the family estimating it costs $6000 a night. Hospitals also require upfront payments for treatments.

Mr Lupi's family has set up a Givealittle page hoping to raise $150,000 for his treatment and to get him back to New Zealand.

Mr Lupi did not have travel insurance, but his brother Joe says an existing insurance policy meant he "would have thought he did".

Mr Lupi's father and brother have flown to Thailand, and while Joe was able to pay for some of the initial costs, the price of keeping him in hospital is expected to rise substantially.

"Paul is a guy who would give anything to help any one of us. Now he and his family need our help to get him back home and to health," the Givealittle page reads.

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