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Derbyshire's Matthew Taylor to fly home after Bali crash

The family of a Derbyshire man who was injured in Indonesia say he is now ready to return home.

Matthew Taylor, 30, who suffered serious head injuries in a motorcycle crash in Bali in July, spent three months in a coma.

His family has paid more than £200,000 in medical costs in Singapore because he was uninsured.

His stepfather Simon Moore said the family was "elated" that he was coming home.

'Financially crippling'

Mr Taylor, who is from Swadlincote but was teaching on Bali when he was injured, is expected to arrive back in the UK on 10 October where he will be treated at Nottingham Queen's Medical Centre.

Mr Moore said: "We are absolutely elated … all the family think it is wonderful."

He added: "It has been absolutely crippling to us [financially]."

The family held a service at Derby Cathedral a few weeks ago, where they lit 400 candles to represent the 400 Britons seriously injured abroad without insurance over the past year.

Mr Taylor's situation has led Andrew Bridgen, Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, to call for new legislation requiring Britons travelling abroad to make sure they have adequate insurance cover before leaving the UK.

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