Nicho White, 43, who has roots in Melbourne, was hit by a car on Friday morning in the Kerobokan region of Bali while out riding a motorbike. His family is frantically trying to raise money to fly him home to Australia for medical treatment.
Mr. White, who is in an induced coma, is currently in intensive care at Denpasar hospital at a rate of $5000 per day.
Ian McGill, Mr. White’s stepfather said attempts to bring him out of him coma have failed.
Mr. White, a known surfer sustained grave chest, leg and head injuries which Bali doctors believe physicians in Australia are better equipped to treat.
“In the scheme of seriousness, I think the doctor said it’s the worst he’s seen in terms of possible brain injury… We really don’t know what the outcome will be.” Mr. McGill told AAP today.
The cost to airlift Mr. White to Australia is roughly $100,000.
Unfortunately Mr. White does not have medical insurance and the motorist implicated in the accident cannot financially assist.
So far Mr. White’s family has raised $42,000 on the site YouCaring.com.
Mr. White is known for customizing jewelry and his sister Jessie is the co-founder of the designer label Shakuhachi, with boutiques in Australia and Bali.
A number of well-renowned fashion insiders have donated money to bring Mr. White home such as Nicholas Morley, stylist Alex Zabotto Bentley and fashion publicist Emma van Haandel.
After donating money on the YouCaring site, fashion designer Alice McCall wrote:
“Dear White Mcgills, you are like family to me, I hope this donation can help with Nicho’s fight to service. He is a strong sweet kind funny talented human being who is meant to be here with us on earth for years to come. Nicho there is so much love for you, shine on. Alice xxxx”
Mr. McGill and his wife Lyn, who lived in Melbourne until 2012 with Bali as a second retreat prior to that, said his Aussie hometown has been very supportive.
Check out fundraising efforts for Mr. White HERE.