A BALLYMENA man has suffered an horrific ordeal in Thailand where he has had part of a leg amputated following a motorbike accident.
Mike Johnston (30) had only started working in Thailand in January as an English teacher but tragedy struck when he was involved in a bad accident on February 10.
According to a page set up to gather funds for his care expenses, Mike Johnston (30), had no travel insurance and his employer and work mates set up the fundraiser.
By Sunday it had raised over £7,800, with many of the donations from Ballymena people.
A post on the Go Get Funding site said the fundraising was to gather funds to financially help Mike’s care expenses and was in collaboration with his family.
The post said Mike had been transferred by ambulance from Chumphon to Bangkok and his left leg was amputated above the knee.
Mike’s father Michael and mother Jillian had travelled out to Thailand to be with their son.
The post said a medic said it was possible Mike could fly home in the next two or three weeks.
On the fundraising page a number of messages of goodwill were left.
One man said: “I hope you get well soon dude. This is a terrible thing to happen to anyone but you seem to have the love for life that will help you overcome this.”
Another comment said: “To anyone else reading this, this man is a fantastic person and friend and deserves all your help, so please, help him any way you can!”
Another said: “Michael, Jillian and Mike……thinking of you all and praying. I’m so sorry x”
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The link title is understood to refer to the first post on the site but Mike’s story is updated on the page.