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Australian food truck founder, 36, dies in hospital from two massive strokes just days after being flown home from Thailand following horrific scooter crash

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  • Ben French, 36, was injured in a Koh Samui scooter accident in late March
  • The Fremantle, Western Australia, local was flown home but then deteriorated
  • Despite initial signs of recovery Mr French had two strokes after arriving home
  • The popular food truck owner died at Royal Perth Hospital on Tuesday morning

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An Australian tourist has died after being seriously injured in a scooter crash in Thailand.

Ben French, 36, broke his spine, all of his ribs, punctured both lungs and was in a coma with a serious brain injury after the accident in Koh Samui crash in late March.

The owner of popular food truck business Eat No Evil died at Royal Perth Hospital on Tuesday, the West Australian[2] reported.

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Ben French, 36, broke his spine, all of his ribs, punctured both lungs and was in a coma with a serious brain injury after the accident in Koh Samui crash in late March

Australian food truck founder, 36, dies in hospital from two massive strokes just days after being flown home from Thailand following horrific scooter crash

The popular Perth food truck owner died at Royal Perth Hospital on Tuesday

Australian food truck founder, 36, dies in hospital from two massive strokes just days after being flown home from Thailand following horrific scooter crash

It is thought the Fremantle local tragically suffered two strokes after touching down in Perth – following previous signs of improvement

His family released a statement saying he died at 3am on Tuesday.

‘We cannot find the words to thank people enough for the support they have given Ben and our families during this difficult time,’ they said.

‘We also thank the people who have supported us emotionally through this time, through kind words and by expressing their love for Ben.

‘Thank you to all the people who have given generous financial support to bring Ben home to be with his family in Perth.

Without this support we would not have been able to bring Ben home.

‘We also thank the people who have supported us emotionally through this time, through kind words and by expressing their love for Ben.

‘Particularly, we want to acknowledge the people of Fremantle – Ben loved his local Freo community and had become a very popular Freo identity because he loved the community so much.

‘Many, many people have been wonderful in recent times, and we thank you.’

A GoFund Me page set up by Mr French’s family raised more than £90,000 for the local business owner to be Medevaced home, but his condition deteriorated upon arrival.

Australian food truck founder, 36, dies in hospital from two massive strokes just days after being flown home from Thailand following horrific scooter crash

It is thought the Fremantle local and business owner tragically suffered two strokes after touching down in Perth – following previous signs of improvement

It is thought the Fremantle local tragically suffered two strokes after touching down in Perth – following previous signs of improvement.

His travel insurance was completely voided as he did not have an international driver’s licence.

On the GoFundMe[3] page, Mr French’s brother Kyle Malkus described his brother as a ‘kind-hearted, adventurous, hardworking and loving son, brother and friend’.

‘With his heart still beating and his body still receiving oxygen the fight is still on.

We are still hoping for a miracle, regardless of the extent of his injuries and the complications which are continuing to arise,’ Mr Malkus said in the update.

The injuries he refers to include brain trauma, a broken spine, punctured lungs, broken ribs in addition to severe skull damage.

In an another update on Saturday, Mr Malkus said the family was preparing to farewell Mr French.

He was holidaying in Thailand when he hit a kerb and was thrown from a moped.

Australian food truck founder, 36, dies in hospital from two massive strokes just days after being flown home from Thailand following horrific scooter crash

Despite the severity of the initial injuries sustained, it is a brain injury turned septic that now has doctors worried

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References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ West Australian (thewest.com.au)
  3. ^ GoFundMe (au.gofundme.com)



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