A mother suffering a devastating fall in Thailand has just had her breathing tube removed as a ‘good sign’ for her long-term recovery after returning to Australia.
Kylee Enwright, 48, arrived at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle on Saturday night after flying home in the back of a Thai Airways plane.
The mother-of-three from Singleton in the Hunter Valley stepped off a two-foot balcony with husband Paul on May 28 on the first day of her holiday in Khao Lak.
The pair sipped cocktails before she tumbled and hit her head on the floor – suffering a catastrophic brain injury.
But Mr Enwright said the condition of the mother from Singleton, NSW was ‘getting better’.
The mother of three from Singleton in the Hunter Valley stepped off a two-foot balcony with her husband Paul on the first day of her holiday in Khao Lak on May 28
Kylee Enwright (pictured), 48, arrived at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle on Saturday night after flying home in the back of a Thai Airways plane
“The biggest improvement she’s had is having her breathing tube removed,” he said in a GoFundMe update on Monday.
‘[She also] does not have a deep brain injury.
“It’s all on the outer edge. We thought that was a good sign, but I’m not a doctor.’
The crowdfunding page was set up to help the family pay for the staggering cost of more than $200,000 after Ms. Enwright’s fall.
Because the couple had been drinking before the horror accident, their travel insurance company Cover-More refused to cover her expenses because of an alcohol clause in their policy.
The couple’s bar tab showed nine Long Island iced teas and 14 beers ordered to their room number that day. But Mr Enwright has refuted the claim, saying others may have added to their bar.
Ms Enwright was knocked unconscious immediately after the fall and ‘bleed from head and ears’.
She was rushed to hospital and underwent six-hour brain surgery to remove the left side of her skull.
The mother remained in Thailand in an induced coma with her husband and three children – who had flown into the country – by her side.
Ms Enwright (pictured, in hospital) was knocked unconscious immediately after the fall and ‘bleed from the head and ears’
“She doesn’t have a skull on one side of her head, so one little move in the wrong direction and we could be right back where we started the first time,” Mr Enwright said. 7news this week.
“You see the pain in her eyes, you see the frustration.”
The pair had been at the bar and decided to go back to their hotel room and get a massage before going out for dinner.
But his wife wanted to go to the toilet first and took a different route back to the bar on her return.
Mr Enwright believes his wife assumed it was a step from a wooden deck when she went back.
“There were no steps, though, and when she stepped off the deck, her body sank into nothingness, with the full momentum of her body sending her face first into the pavement below,” he said.
Meanwhile, after returning to Australia, she continues to receive care at Newcastle Hospital
On Monday, her husband said hospital staff were “quite pleased” with her progress.
They had tied her feet and hands so that she could not injure herself.
And he said she had tried to get her feet loose – which was a positive sign.
The mother (second from right) has just had her breathing tube removed, a ‘good sign’ for her long-term recovery after returning to Australia
Because the couple had been drinking before the horror accident, their travel insurance company Cover-More refused to cover her expenses due to an alcohol clause in their policy
“There was a problem-solving ability there…that was an encouraging sign. She’s pretty alert and awake, she just can’t communicate,” he said.
Mr Enwright added that he hopes she will leave the ICU and begin rehabilitation soon. Doctors have told him that the best recovery from a brain injury is in the first three to 12 months after an accident.
“We still have a long way to go, day by day … she will need another operation in three to four months,” Mr Enwright said.
This includes replacing the place where the skull was taken away with a 3D-printed titanium implant, he told the Newcastle herald.
Meanwhile, the crowdfunding page had raised a whopping $219,651 on Tuesday, allowing the family to fly her back on Saturday via the Medevac flight.
Mr Enwright has thanked donors from ‘the bottom of my heart’.