A 26-year-old Jaffa resident was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in
Thailand on Sunday afternoon, and is currently fighting for his
Ilan Axelrod was riding a motorcycle in a resort town near Bangkok
when he was cut off by another motorcyclist, causing him to lose control and fly
off his cycle, hitting his head on the wall.
“Luckily he was wearing a
helmet, but it didn’t really do anything,” said his friend, Yuri Riabov, 31, who
witnessed the accident.
The ambulance came quickly and Axelrod was
brought to a private hospital with serious injuries. He is unconscious and on a
respirator after undergoing brain surgery last night that lasted for six hours.
Thai doctors are giving him a 20 percent chance of survival.
hard to see him lying on the bed like this,” said Riabov. “I thought it’d be a
few months, and then he’d be OK, but now they’re saying that even if he does
come back he’ll never return to normal life.”
Axelrod was in the middle
of a six-month trip to Thailand with four friends from home.
mother is dead and he is not in close contact with his father, though the
Israeli Embassy in Thailand was able to get in touch with his brother in
“His brother was crying on the phone; he wants to see him in
Israel,” Riabov said. “This is never easy, but when it happens on the other side
of the world, it’s so much harder.”
The Israeli Embassy has also worked
to get doctors from Hadassah-University Hospital at Ein Kerem to advise the Thai
doctors on Axelrod’s treatment.
“I really want to say a big thank you to
the embassy; they’ve really helped us,” Riabov said.
“They were on the
phone at 2:30 a.m. with the hospital, and they’re always in touch with
Axelrod’s friends are also worried about paying his hospital bill,
which has reached NIS 37,000.