Aussie nurse fighting for life after 'nightmare' 7-minute Bali trip

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A mother-of-two is fighting for her life after a trip to buy her son a birthday present ended in tragedy while on holiday in Bali.

Peta Richards, a nurse from Melbourne, was in Bali for a holiday when she was knocked off her scooter on April 1.

"Never in a million years would you think that popping out on a 7-minute trip to buy your 3-year-old son ‘one more birthday present’ would completely change the entire course of your life," Ms Richards' friend, Rachel Berben, wrote on GoFundMe.

Ms Richards suffered bleeding to the brain, a fractured skull and extensive brain swelling.

A nurse and mum-of-two is fighting for her life in hospital after a scooter crash in Bali. Source: GoFundMe
A nurse and mum-of-two is fighting for her life in hospital after a scooter crash in Bali. Source: GoFundMe

Her husband Matt had to advocate for Ms Richards to get the best possible care in Bali, where she had part of her skull removed to relieve the pressure on her brain.

Ten days after the crash, Ms Richards was transported back to Melbourne on an evacuation flight.

Ms Berben said her friend is currently fighting for her life in the trauma centre at The Alfred Hospital. She is sedated in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator.

She added Ms Richards' progress can only be measured on a day-to-day basis at this stage and she has an "exceptionally long road ahead".

Peta Richards is fighting for her life after being transported to Melbourne for care. Source: 7News
Peta Richards is fighting for her life after being transported to Melbourne for care. Source: 7News

"It's just completely horrific in that split second their whole life was completely flipped upside down," Ms Berben told Nine News.

"It still feels like a really bad nightmare and she's just going to walk through the door, or like wake up from it. It's just really hard."

The GoFundMe was set up to help support Mr Richards, who will be caring for their two young boys, Sonny, 4, and Alfie, 3 over the coming weeks.

Ms Berben described Ms Richards as the "most caring, selfless and loving wife and mother" and said she had worked throughout the Covid-19 pandemic in Victoria.

Since the GoFundMe was launched at the start of the week, more than $114,000 has been raised so far.

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