A British investment manager has gone begging on GoFundMe after suffering catastrophic injuries in a Hua Hin motorcycle accident in which he wasn’t wearing a helmet.
Dean J. Standley, 40, shattered his pelvis and cracked his skull in the July 10 wreck as he was driving to a Muay Thai boxing class. His mother, Karen Gisborne of Standley’s native Solihull, said he didn’t think he needed to wear a helmet as the gym wasn’t far. The driver of the car that struck him walked away uninjured.
According to his GoFundMe page, Standley regained consciousness on July 21 but was suffering brain swelling. A post by his Russian wife of five years, Anya Standley, on his Facebook page July 24 said the swelling “has dropped a lot and (his) temperature is going down. His periods of consciousness are getting longer”.
The Director for Russia, Eastern Europe & Americas at wealth-management firm Tower of London Worldwide & Trafalgar Group, Standley says on his LinkedIn profile that he provides “valuable investment advice to clients worldwide. Specialising in wealth accumulation and preservation” and a range of other services. Yet his family says he lacks the savings to pay his hospital bills, which are estimated at 4 million baht.
While Standley lives in Thailand, he continued to carry U.K. travel insurance from Virgin Money, which said it only covers stays of a maximum 90 days. The company voided his policy when Standley ignored Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice to return to the U.K. in May. Virgin Money said those who chose not to repatriate at the start of the coronavirus pandemic had their policies invalidated.
“His treatment is estimated hundreds of thousands, unfortunately his health insurance expired recently and was not renewed. We have been advised by the Thai embassy in London to set this page up,” his sister, Traci Little of Treddington, Warwickshire, wrote on the GoFundMe page, which has a goal of 100,000 pounds. “Those of you that know Dean would know he would give any to help anyone in need.”
As of Saturday, 22,415 pounds had been raised.
Gisborne told a U.K. newspaper that Standley had stayed in Thailand because he was refused boarding on a flight back to his wife’s native Russia, as he was not a Russian citizen, and did not want to go back to the U.K. where the pandemic was raging. Thailand began reopening in May as the epidemic here began to die out.
His mother also said he didn’t want to give up his two small dogs.
Standley’s family cannot visit him in Thailand due to the country’s closed borders, but said he and his wife are both vegan, very fit and healthy. She hopes that will be enough to pull him through.