Our Kiwi Brother is critical in ICU at Bangkok Hospital Phuket and needs your help!

Closed Cause page created in the New Zealanders category by Rachel Thorburn

$10,155 of $50,000 goal
Given by 75 generous donors in 5 weeks

Please help me raise the funds for Hamish to release financial pressure from medical & associated costs while recovering from brain surgery.


We are shocked and saddened with the sudden news on April 26th 2019 that our loving 45 year old NZ son, brother, dad, and uncle (Hamish) suffered a life threatening brain aneurysm on his first night on holiday in PHUKET. He is currently in the ICU high dependency unit in a Phuket hospital recovering from a major 6 hour operation to clip the aneurysm. Unfortunately it has turned out to be an incomplete aneurysm and he is looking at another procedure in Bangkok to coil the remainder after his 3 week recovery in ICU in Phuket. Hamish is making small progress but has setbacks every few days with debilitating headaches due to vasospasm in his brain post op. He is undergoing physio daily and is working hard towards his independence (which is unfortunately a while away). We do not know his long term prognosis.

Hamish is an awesome man who is very loving and caring. He always tries to make you laugh and he is a neat brother, son, uncle and friend. He works in the mines in Australia and was just beginning his weeks leave when he had his first ever seizure. His travel insurance for medical costs has been accepted but the unexpected costs associated with being hospitalised with a life threatening health condition in a foreign country are enormous. There are extensive costs to family as we travelled to Phuket to be with Hamish and as it stands he needs at least 1 family member with him during his recovery in Phuket and the next procedure in Bangkok. He also requires a family member to accompany him back to Australia once he is fit to fly the long distance. We don't have a time frame of how long he will be in Thailand or what his future holds.

Please help support Hamish and our family as we do all we can to be there for him and take care of him.

Kia Kaha Hamish. We are sending love and light 💕

Use of funds

Initially we thought he needed $50k to cover op costs before they would operate. They’ve gone ahead. We do not know exactly all the other associated costs as yet. He has to recover for at least 3 weeks after his surgery.

Update**10-May 2019

His travel insurance for medical costs has been accepted but the unexpected costs associated with being hospitalised with a life threatening health condition in a foreign country are enormous

Latest update

Hamish's update  29 May 2019

Posted by: Rachel Thorburn

Hamish was medically repatriated back to Perth on Saturday and has been in hospital since. He has undergone an angiogram and it was then decided to do anther procedure. This was done yesterday. Hamish had a stent and coils inserted in the aneurysm site as it was incomplete. He is doing really well and will be discharged from hospital soon.

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Guest Donor on 24 May 2019
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Guest Donor on 23 May 2019
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guest donor on 22 May 2019
see ya soon HAMISH - Perth is waiting!
Karen Mason
Karen Mason on 20 May 2019
Kempo5014 on 20 May 2019
Best Wishes.

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