Around 8:00 o’clock this morning, Tara and Karissa eagerly flagged down a motorbike taxi, asking to go to a nearby park where they would meet their father. As the girls and their motorbike driver were rounding the corner to turn onto Sukhumvit (the main road that runs through downtown Bangkok), a car suddenly crashed into them from behind, throwing both of the girls to the pavement. Tara’s leg and pelvis were crushed by the car of the offending driver, while Karissa was run over by another car, badly injuring her arm. Unable to move, Tara watched both drivers speed off as her sister Karissa lay next to her, unconscious.
A nearby shopkeeper saved both girls’ lives by pulling them out of the street and calling for help. They were rushed to different hospitals. We know that both girls will survive, but it appears that they will face a long, expensive recovery.
You can read more about the family here.
Both girls have had to undergo several major surgeries, but Karissa will need more if her arm is going to be saved. Their total medical expenses are expected to exceed $22,000. Without insurance, they are relying on the help of friends and family. If you would like to contribute to their medical expenses, please contact Chris@LifeRaftBKK.org.
Written by Tim Lefevre