AustraliaAussie tourist fights for life in a coma after scooter crash in Bali with a $30,000 medical bill - just days before he was set to marry the love of his life
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An Australian tourist is fighting for his life in Bali just days before he was supposed to marry the love of his life.
Ashley Hickman, from Cairns, is in critical condition in Kuta Hospital after a devastating scooter crash.
He has had surgery but remains in a coma with his mother Sharon and fiance Tam Matthews by his side.
A woman named Brooke Parker set up apage, begging family and friends to donate money alongside a gut-wrenching message.
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'We are still unsure of the full extent of his head injuries at this stage,' her post read.
Miss Matthews, a 27-year-old accountant, shared the page on her Instagram, writing: 'Help bring Ashley home'.
She was due to marry her boyfriend of eight years later this month and had shared images of her shopping for her wedding dress on social media.
'I said yes to the dress,' she wrote in one excited post showing her outside the shop.
The family are raising funds for Mr Hickman's health bills, which have already exceeded $30,000 in just a few days.
He is not covered by travel insurance because he did not have a motorbike licence.
'We are asking those who are able to assist during this stressful time,' Ms Parker wrote.
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'Any donations you can spare no matter how little the family will be truly grateful for and appreciate all the support and messages.
'Hopefully we will have further updates over the next coming days.'
It comes after insurance companies urged Australians to check their policies before hiring scooters abroad.
Eugene Wylde of from Comparetravelinsurance.com.au said: 'Travel insurance policies exist to cover you for unforeseen events, not situations where risk is rife. To quote the insurers themselves.
'You will not be covered if you do not act in a responsible way to protect yourself and your property to avoid making a claim.
'If you're not insured to ride a Harley in Australia, what makes you think you can do so overseas!? Remember to pay attention to the limits when it comes to maximum engine sizes you're allowed to ride.'
'Some insurers do not require you to have a license if riding a low capacity engine. Others have maximum engine size limits which you're only insured to drive up to - irrespective of what your license says. And then there are those that cover you for whatever engine size you ride as long as you're insured to do so in Australia.'
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