Man has leg amputated in Thailand

Shauna Loughran

Reporter:

Shauna Loughran

THE parents of a Ballymena man who sadly had to have his leg amputated in Thailand have thanked all those who have offered well wishes and support.

Mike Johnston (30),was involved in a motorbike accident on Sunday, February 10.

He had travelled to Thailand to begin work as an English teacher in January.

Parents Michael Johnston and Jillian jetted out to Asia to be with their son.

In the early morning of February 13, a surgeon decided he had to proceed with the amputation of Mike's leg, above the knee level despite efforts to keep the joint.

Michael Johnston said that although his son is “ in a lot of pain and under the influence of pain relief and other meds he is a little bit better.

"We still have a long way to go on the path to rehab and recovery but it all starts from here. Getting Mike home is our first priority and I will keep everyone updated as this plan progresses over the coming days. This of course is a very fluid situation which is being assessed on an ongoing basis by the medical team in Bangkok.

"Mike has asked me to thank everyone for their good wishes and very kind campaign support.

"He is really very appreciative of all this help from friends here in Thailand and from everyone back home in Ballymena.”

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