Long road to recovery begins

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A Christchurch woman involved in a serious road accident in Bali has begun the slow process of recovery.

The parents of Teenica Harrex, who was critically injured in an accident in Bali, were relieved she was able to recognise them during a video chat.

On December 10 she was involved in a motorbike accident which left her with eight broken ribs, a collapsed lung and cranial injuries.

Mr and Mrs Harrex, of Oamaru, had their fears allayed when, during a video conversation, Teenica was able to recognise them.

“She recognised us, so we were quite pleased, but at the moment she sleeps most of the time.

“She’s got some fairly horrific injuries,” Mr Harrex said.

But they are still facing a huge medical bill of up to $250,000 for her care in Bali and transport back to New Zealand.

Teenica was well enough to be flown back to New Zealand, but as she could only be transported in a stretcher, her flight home was complex to organise, Mr Harrex said.

Perth company Medical Air flew her from Bali to Perth, then she was transferred on a stretcher to an Air New Zealand flight to Christchurch, where she is now in Christchurch Hospital.

Ian and Ann Harrex, originally from Alexandra, have lived in Oamaru for many years.

Teenica had temporary visas while teaching English in Bali, but did not have travel insurance.

“We did hear that it was a hit and run, because there were two motorbikes found at the scene, but Teenica was the only one the ambulance picked up,” Mr Harrex said.

Teenica had been a patient at the Bali International Medical Centre until she could be moved home and although she was improving each week, it would be a long recovery.

“At this stage she is not able to get into a wheelchair yet.

“She is improving a wee bit every week,” Mr Harrex said.

Chief executive of the Zealand Tim Grafton said it was important to buy travel insurance when booking and paying for tickets.

“Each policy will provide different levels of cover, and contain different specifications and exclusions, so it’s important travellers shop around to find a policy that best meets their needs.

“Depending on the policy, travel insurance can provide cover for a range of unforeseen events, including travel disruption, medical care, repatriation, replacement of lost or stolen property, passport and credit card replacement, and liability for damage caused to a person or their property,” Mr Grafton said.

A Givealittle page had been set up to help the family with the medical costs. Visit givealittle.co.nz/cause/helping-the-harrexs