AN EMOTIONAL plea has been issued to help a woman who is fighting for her life following a crash in Thailand.
Rosalie Weatherill was driving in Surat Thani, south Thailand with her husband Arthur and son David when they were involved in a head-on collision with a truck.
All three were taken to hospital, but both Arthur, 81, and David, 54, died from their injuries.
Now friends of the family are desperately trying to raise money to keep Mrs Weatherill alive and pay her medical bills, which are around £7,000 and rising.
The 68-year-old, who lives in Gosport, had been visiting David, who lived in Havant before moving to Thailand in 2011.
The accident happened on April 21.
I have known David for twenty years and he has always been the kind of person that would do anything for anyone so I feel that we have to do everything we can to help.Steve Underwood, friend of David Weatherill’s family
A fundraising appeal has been set up by Steve Underwood, one of David’s long-time friends who knew the family well.
He said: ‘Rose is really fighting for her life out in Thailand and we need to give her as much support as we can.
‘I have known David for 20 years and he has always been the kind of person that would do anything for anyone, so I feel that we have to do everything we can to help.’
Mrs Weatherill’s injuries included a broken pelvis, fractured ribs and spine, plus chest compression and head trauma.
She was rushed to Surat Thani Hospital after the crash, where she stayed for 11 days before being moved to Bangkok Hospital, Phuket, which is closer to where David’s wife, Jeedy, lives.
In addition to the injuries, she has had operations to remove bed sores and was given a tracheotomy to assist her breathing.
Close friend Jennifer Hill has flown out to Thailand to see her.
She said: ‘She is terribly frightened by it all.
‘She is holding on and is fighting hard, but is in a very dire state.’
Steve, 54, who works at Veolia in Portsmouth, added: ‘Rose is such a fighter.
‘I think most people would have keeled over after all that she has been through.
‘But she is fighting back and we need to do all that we can to give her the support she needs.
‘She is on her own and has lost her husband and son. We have to do all we can to help.’
Friends of the family are keen to get money over to Thailand fast to pay for her escalating medical fees.
But with subsequent treatment also needing to be funded, there is concern that the amount could run into tens of thousands of pounds.
To donate to the fundraising appeal, head to justgiving.com/crowdfunding/steve-underwood