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British teacher, 40, fighting for his life in Thailand after 'stranger savagely attacked him with a metal bar'

Adam Pickles needed brain surgery and now in coma
Had only just recovered from horrific motorbike crash
It also left him in a coma and he missed his son's birth

A British teacher is fighting for his life in a Thai hospital after a stranger savagely attacked him with a metal bar.
Adam Pickles, 40, is in a coma after the brutal assault which left him needing emergency brain surgery.
In a tragic twist of irony, Adam, of Bradford, West Yorks., who used to teach at a school in Wakefield, had only just recovered from a horrific motorbike crash
Attack: Adam Pickles, 40, is in a coma after the brutal assault in Thailand which left him needing emergency brain surgery

It had also left him in a coma, missing the birth of his eight-month-old son Benjamin.
His parents Adele, 61, and Andrew, 62, have flown from their home in Leeds to be at his bedside while friends at home and abroad rally to raise the cost of his medical care.
Mrs Pickles said: 'It breaks my heart. The days seem very long, just waiting, waiting, hoping he'll come back to us. It's any mum's worst nightmare.
'We are hoping he can make as full a recovery as possible for Benjamin. He absolutely loves him and he had so many plans for him. We really need him to come back to us for the sake of his little boy.'
Mr Pickles, a former teacher at the Cathedral School in Wakefield, moved to Thailand seven years ago, where he lives in Pattaya and works at the Regent's International School as head of English.
He was attacked as he drove home alone from a bar in the Nong Prue district, where he plays pool, last Thursday.
On the way, he stopped and got out of his car, although it is not known why. He was then beaten over the head before his attacker - who is believed to be a Westerner - drove off, leaving him for dead.
Thai police are investigating but have not yet arrested anyone.
A passer-by found Mr Pickles and he was rushed to hospital, where he is in intensive care after emergency surgery to remove blood clots from his brain.
Mrs Pickles said: 'They have said this week is the crucial time as to whether he makes it.'
Doctors say it could take up to a month for him to wake, and the brain damage may leave him with impaired speech and movement.
More than 4,000 people have joined a Facebook group set up to help pay for Mr Pickles' medical treatment and bring him home.
Friends, relatives, former students and strangers have sent hundreds of messages of support to his parents and Benjamin's mother Pafan.
Between them they have pledged more than £10,000 in 48 hours.
Mrs Pickles said: 'It is giving us so much comfort to know everyone loves him so much. He would just be overwhelmed by the response.
'People have been so generous and we are so grateful. We want to say thank you so much.'
The hospital charges more than £2,000 a day, and medical repatriation may cost at least £70,000.
Mr Pickles' insurance will not cover the full bill, and his care after the motorbike crash cost family and friends more than £15,000.
His best friend Neil Clappison, of Leeds, said: 'It feels completely unreal that this is happening to Adam after all he went through last year.
'It was horrendous for him to miss the birth of his beautiful son, so what is happening now seems almost unbelievable.
'We are doing everything we can to raise the money needed to ensure Adam survives and then to bring him home.
'The hospitals there are ruthless and if they don't have the money on a per day basis, they may leave you to die.
'We won't let this happen to somebody who really is one in a million.'
Danielle Nicholls, a former colleague at the Cathedral School where he worked from 2001 to 2005, said: 'He's one of those characters that everyone who meets him loves.
'He radiates positivity and makes everyone smile. We're all very saddened by his situation and will do everything we can to support the fundraising campaign.
'We send all our love and sincere hopes for his full recovery to his family.'
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: British teacher,fighting for his life attacked with a metal bar
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2012, 07:29:16 PM »
Thailand attack victim due to fly home to Leeds


Adam Pickles with son Benjamin.

Published on Saturday 23 June 2012 06:50

A former Wakefield teacher left in a coma in Thailand for a month after a brutal assault is due to fly home to Leeds on Sunday.

As reported in the YEP, Adam Pickles, 40, who taught at Wakefield Cathedral Academy, was attacked in the street by a stranger wielding a metal bar a month ago.

Mr Pickles, who had been teaching English in Thailand, was assaulted as he made his way to his home in Pattaya from a local bar on May 17. Friends and family from across the globe have raised an estimated £41,000 to help pay for his medical treatment and repatriation.

His father, Andrew Pickles, from Thorner, Leeds, who has been by son’s side with wife Adele, said in a Facebook post this week: “We still do not know how long he is likely to remain in a coma or what care he will need once he awakes.

“It is likely that the recovery process will be lengthy and require the specialist help of people experienced in this form of head injury. “Taking everything into account, we have decided that the best option is to take Adam back to the UK and continue his treatment there.”

Mr Pickles was expected to return to the UK on Sunday, (June 24) to be treated at Leeds General Infirmary.

But his dad added: “We have received a setback with the air ambulance. A doctor and specialist nurses are needed for the full transfer and one of the nurses has fallen ill. This is very specialised equipment and a qualified replacement nurse cannot be found. The transfer is therefore delayed until Sunday evening. Adele was devastated by the news, but there is little that we can do about it. Please all pray for our safe journey home on Sunday.”

Yorkshire Evening Post
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Re: British teacher,fighting for his life attacked with a metal bar
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2012, 07:31:26 PM »
I remember that story. I'm glad he has recovered somewhat.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: British teacher,fighting for his life attacked with a metal bar
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2012, 07:38:45 PM »
Doesn't sound like he has! But here he doesn't have a chance at all. They need to take him home, as difficult it might be.
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Offline thaiga

Re: British teacher,fighting for his life attacked with a metal bar
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2012, 07:45:00 PM »

  GREAT NEWS   we have decided that the best option is to take Adam back to the UK and continue his treatment there. GOOD IDEA Good luck mate.
I take it that photo was taken before by the sounds of the post. :uhm
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: British teacher,fighting for his life attacked with a metal bar
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2012, 08:02:47 PM »
The story in the Yorkshire Evening Post continued with dates about fundraisers in Leeds. There were many articles about fundraising on that site.

Looks like they didn't find a way to the not only local internet community to help, easily. The blog is hard to find:

http://adampickles.blogspot.com/

It mentions the insurance who refuses to cover the medical expenses etc. Maybe one should think twice before getting a contract with them. Or send them the letter suggested there http://adampickles.blogspot.com/2012/06/letter-to-adams-insurance-company.html

This post about the assistance of the F.O. is also worth reading and minding:

http://adampickles.blogspot.com/2012/06/letter-to-your-mp.html
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sicho

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Re: British teacher,fighting for his life attacked with a metal bar
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2012, 08:45:29 PM »
It would be useful to know more about the issue with the insurance company. As a matter of principle, I would rather buy medical insurance from a Western insurer.

Any decent Consulate would have taken up the matter of insurance for this man and short-circuited the passport renewal. On the other hand, he probably doesn't throw lavish parties for the diplomatic community very often.

I wonder if there is a way that the Brits could shake up the FCO to get better service from the Consulate in Bangkok.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: British teacher,fighting for his life attacked with a metal bar
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2012, 08:46:31 PM »
The insurance said they'd decide about payment, when he's released from hospital. That is no guarantee that the hospital does get money and extends the  treatment until recovery. Further they said, they would not have to pay, if there had been a brawl. They want a police report. Police says, they don't know what happened. Adam would have to wake up from his coma first to tell the police. End of story, no pay! No more treatment! ()
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sicho

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Re: British teacher,fighting for his life attacked with a metal bar
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2012, 08:55:34 PM »
That's what the insurance company is reported to have said. Two sides to a story sometimes.

I wonder why he spent so many years in Thailand when he has a young family at home.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: British teacher,fighting for his life attacked with a metal bar
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2012, 08:59:26 PM »
I understood his Brit wife and son lived with him in Patters. He just wanted to be teacher here. Head of English at Regent's International School isn't what expats in Patters usually do.
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Offline thaiga

Re: British teacher,fighting for his life attacked with a metal bar
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2012, 09:28:27 PM »
The whole story is disgusting,insurance,consulate ect ect now we know what "FO"means.im sure the british   
taxpayer would not object to them using funds,What are consulates there for if they cannot help people.

Questions unanswered.Why did he stop his car.
he stopped and got out of his car, although it is not known why. He was then beaten over the head before his attacker - who is believed to be a Westerner - drove off, leaving him for dead.
A westerner :uhm
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Man is held over vicious attack on teacher Adam Pickles in Thailand

A 43-year-old Briton has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out a road rage attack in Thailand which left a Keighley teacher in a coma.

Sean Henry Tinsley has been remanded in custody for the attempted murder of Adam Pickles, 40, after being arrested at Bangkok International Airport.

It is alleged that he attacked Mr Pickles with a wheelbrace after a vehicle incident in which a car was scraped.

Tinsley had left Thailand after the alleged attack on Mr Pickles, a former Bradford Grammar School student, in the resort of Pattaya – 80 miles east of Bangkok.

Tinsley, from Wolverhampton, was arrested on his return late on Friday and remanded in custody on Saturday at Pattaya Provincial Court.

Mr Pickles – who grew up in Riddlesden and is married with a nine- month-old son – is thought to have been attacked following an incident in which he scraped another vehicle while getting out of a parking spot in the resort city

After six weeks Mr Pickles, the head of English at the Regent’s International School in Pattaya, was brought back home to the UK when a local and international appeal received a massive response for funds.

But the guitar-playing teacher remains in a coma in Leeds General Infirmary. Adam’s parents Andrew, 62, and Adele, 61, had earlier flown to be by his bedside and see their grandson Benjamin for the first time.

Back in Yorkshire, Mrs Pickles said: “We are pleased and relieved at the arrest and we would like to thank the Thai police for their great help, particularly a Lieutenant Colonel Chakring at Banglamuang Police station and his team.

“My husband and I are going through hell daily because of what happened. Our thoughts are with him, his wife, and our nine-month-old grandson.”

Since the incident, police have been studying CCTV footage. Other witnesses have now come forward and given information about the incident outside the Paradise Bar in Soi Khao Noi.

Feelings have been running high in the resort and many organisations have been donating to help Mr Pickles, who formerly taught at the Cathedral School in Wakefield.

On Friday, the Telegraph & Argus revealed how his parents will have to remortgage their home and plunder savings to help cover the costs of his rehabilitation. Mr and Mrs Pickles are taking the financial steps to help pay for the care of their son, nearly two weeks after being flown home from Thailand by specialist air medics.

Adam, 40, suffered a setback this week when the stitches from his original operation became infected and required more surgery.
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Re: Teacher left in coma after Thailand attack to return to Yorkshire
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2013, 01:26:09 PM »


A TEACHER left in a coma after he was brutally assaulted in Thailand is to return to Yorkshire this week as his parents prepare to face his alleged attacker again in court.

Adam Pickles, from Keighley, has yet to wake more than a year after he was set upon in Pattaya, where he lived and taught English.

The father-of-one, 41, is being transferred to Woodlands Respite Care Centre in York on Thursday to continue his rehabilitation after six months at the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability in London.

It will mean his parents, Adele and Andrew, of Thorner, Leeds, and his friends in the north can visit more often, which it is hoped will help to improve his responses.

Mrs Pickles said he had opened an eye and appeared to focus for the first time on Friday, the day before her birthday, adding: “He gave me the biggest smile. It was the best present I could have wished for.”

She and her husband will fly to Thailand next month for the trial of Wolverhampton ex-pat Sean Henry Tinsley, who is accused of their son’s attempted murder.

They will also visit Adam’s son Ben, who lives with his mother Pafan, while they are there.

“We’re not looking forward to going back to court but we’ve got to try and get justice for Adam and our grandson,” said Mrs Pickles.

Fundraising towards legal costs and Adam’s care will continue when his father’s band, John’s Followers, reforms after 45 years for a charity gig at New Keighley Variety Club next Saturday.

Two members of the band, who toured Europe and released a single in the sixties, have flown from New Zealand for the reunion. The free gig starts at 7.30pm with opportunities to donate on the night

yorkshirepost.co.uk
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Re: British teacher attacked Adam Pickles - Man jailed
« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2015, 12:29:27 PM »
Adam Pickles attack: Man jailed over Thailand assault

A man has been jailed for six years in Thailand over an assault that left a teacher from West Yorkshire needing round-the-clock medical care.

Adam Pickles, 43, spent more than a year in a coma after being attacked by Sean Tinsley in Pattaya in 2012.

His mother, Adele, said the verdict meant "justice had been served".

full article: bbc.com
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