Derby

Injured teacher Mathew Taylor flown home

A Derbyshire teacher critically injured in a motorcyle crash in Bali has been flown back to the UK after spending three months in a Singapore hospital.

Mathew Taylor, 30, from Swadlincote, was teaching English on the island when he suffered multiple fractures to his skull in the crash in July.

His family has had to raise more than £200,000 in medical fees as he did not have any insurance cover.

He was flown home overnight after being judged well enough to return.

Mr Taylor will be treated at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham and his father Darrell said the family was ready for a long recovery process.

Savings and donations

He said: "It's going to be a very long job to get him fully recovered.

"But it was important to get him back to this country because I need to see him and the family need to see him and take care of him.

"There's a certain level of consciousness with Mathew and I need to get it across to him that I love him."

Mr Taylor's flight back to the UK, on a sealed-off section of a commercial flight, cost his family another £39,000, although it would have cost at least double that to return him on a private air ambulance.

The family has paid for his treatment using savings and donations.

Mr Taylor's situation led Andrew Bridgen, Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, to call for new legislation requiring British people travelling abroad to get adequate insurance cover.

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