Chris Moulds and his family arrive home

York Press: Chris Moulds and wife, Alice, and daughter, Isobel, now back in the UK Chris Moulds and wife, Alice, and daughter, Isobel, now back in the UK

A DAD-OF-TWO from York who was severely injured in a crash in Thailand has returned to England with his family.

Chris Moulds, 39, has been in intensive care in a coma since his accident about ten weeks ago near Pattaya.

Supporters have raised £21,500 of a £30,000 target and friends loaned the remaining money to allow Chris to be flown back home last week.

It had been feared that his wife Alice and their two children Nicholas, five, and 18-month-old Isabel may have had to stay in Thailand as they did not have British passports but they have been able to secure visas and arrived on Monday.

Chris is being cared for in hospital in Hull where he remains in a coma but is showing positive signs.

Sandra Harper, Chris' mum who is from Driffield, wrote on his Facebook appeal page: "I know so many of you have been waiting to see a photo like this - Alice, Isabel and Christopher in the UK. Nicholas is also here, but feeling a bit poorly after his long journey.

"I cannot tell you how wonderful it feels to have them all back here in the UK. Christopher is getting the care that he needs and we are all together, so it is so much easier to support each other.

"Without you, each and every one of you we wouldn't have been able to do it, and I am sorry to say there are still bills to be paid, but thank you so much for everything, every donation, big and small, the messages of love and support, the amount of work that has gone in to getting us to this point, thank you all so much.

"This is just the start of another chapter in our lives. We are so much richer for people like you being with us.

"I nearly forgot, how could I, our new total is £21, 522.17, still lots of events planned and money promised, let’s see if we can smash that target. We are so close now."

Speaking to The Press, Ms Harper said Chris was now breathing unaided and had obviously reacted when his wife and children arrived at the hospital.

As Chris did not have medical insurance his family has had to foot the £1,000-a-day medical bill.

Ms Harper, 63, had flown out to be with the family in Thailand.

She had suffered numerous frustrating hold-ups in securing a visa for the family but a British expat who used to work for the embassy in Bangkok stepped in to help move the process along. He waived his fee when he heard the family's story.

Chris was born at Westow Croft outside Malton and lived in Huby near Easingwold, then Copmanthorpe, and attended Tadcaster Grammar School.

Before moving to Thailand he lived in China, where he met Alice, whom he married six years ago.

Anyone wishing to donate to help Chris can do so via their funds4us page http://funds4us.co.uk/campaigns/please-help-get-my-son-home-from-thailand-2/

The Facebook campaign page is called Please Help Bring My Son Home From Thailand.

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5:20pm Fri 6 Jun 14

MrsHudson says...

Presumably this chap and his family intend to be permanently resident in the UK. I certainly hope so or he will find himself with an even bigger bill for his care here. Entitlement to NHS care is based only on residency NOT on nationality. visitors, even if they were born here and have family here, are not entitled to free on-going care. I wish him a speedy recovery so he and his family can pick up their lives again.
Presumably this chap and his family intend to be permanently resident in the UK. I certainly hope so or he will find himself with an even bigger bill for his care here. Entitlement to NHS care is based only on residency NOT on nationality. visitors, even if they were born here and have family here, are not entitled to free on-going care. I wish him a speedy recovery so he and his family can pick up their lives again. MrsHudson
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7:31pm Fri 6 Jun 14

janice gray says...

I bet if I came back to York after 10 years abroad, I wouldn't get such good treatment, even tho' I have paid insurance contributions all my working life, 40 years worth. Plus family in York and money in a York bank.
I bet if I came back to York after 10 years abroad, I wouldn't get such good treatment, even tho' I have paid insurance contributions all my working life, 40 years worth. Plus family in York and money in a York bank. janice gray
  • Score: 3

7:58pm Fri 6 Jun 14

MouseHouse says...

janice gray wrote:
I bet if I came back to York after 10 years abroad, I wouldn't get such good treatment, even tho' I have paid insurance contributions all my working life, 40 years worth. Plus family in York and money in a York bank.
What is a "York bank"?

Good luck to this chap and his family.
[quote][p][bold]janice gray[/bold] wrote: I bet if I came back to York after 10 years abroad, I wouldn't get such good treatment, even tho' I have paid insurance contributions all my working life, 40 years worth. Plus family in York and money in a York bank.[/p][/quote]What is a "York bank"? Good luck to this chap and his family. MouseHouse
  • Score: 3

8:24pm Fri 6 Jun 14

MrsHudson says...

Janice you absolutely will get such good treatment as long as you intend to be permanently resident. Doesn't matter which bank you use or where your family lives nor what NI contributions you've made.
Janice you absolutely will get such good treatment as long as you intend to be permanently resident. Doesn't matter which bank you use or where your family lives nor what NI contributions you've made. MrsHudson
  • Score: 2

11:05am Sat 7 Jun 14

CaroleBaines says...

Good luck to this chap and family. Tough times - makes me feel quite petty when I think of my life's 'troubles'. There but for the grace of and all that. Best wishes.
Good luck to this chap and family. Tough times - makes me feel quite petty when I think of my life's 'troubles'. There but for the grace of and all that. Best wishes. CaroleBaines
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