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Aussie injured in Bali motorbike crash blind and brain damaged

An Australian man has been left blind and brain damaged following a catastrophic motorbike accident in Indonesia.

Luke Bevan and his girlfriend Tova Ronnersjö were travelling in Lombok in August when the 25-year-old was severely injured in the crash, leaving him fighting for his life.

He suffered a punctured and collapsed lung from four broken ribs, chest injuries and a fractured skull. He underwent life-saving emergency surgery in Indonesia before being flown back to Western Australia.

His family managed to raise $50,000 for his transportation to Perth, where he received treatment at Royal Perth Hospital before moving to Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Perth man Luke Bevan who is now blind and brain damaged after motorbike crash in Indonesia.
Luke Bevan was left blind and brain damaged by a motorbike accident in Indonesia. Source: GoFundMe/Bring Lukey home

While he has regained a small amount of speech, severe damage to his optic nerves has left him with no vision at all, impairing his efforts in learning to stand, walk, talk and feed himself again.

His mum Mandi Ilot has remained hopeful her son would be the recipient of another miracle, having seen several throughout his gradual recovery.

“I have seen miracle after miracle with him right through this journey so anything is possible. Lukey is the most determined person I know. I don't remember one time in his life when he was been told he can't do something and he has just accepted it,” Ms Ilot told Nine News.

“His post traumatic amnesia is still very severe and he doesn't seem to know where he is or what happened, though it's hard to say if this is completely the case or if it is due to his communication that he is unable to express the right words,” she said.

Luke Bevan, from Perth, shown in photo taken before he was left blind and brain damaged from accident in Indonesia.
Mr Bevan has gained back some speech, but was still having trouble communicating. Source: GoFundMe/Bring Lukey home

Mr Bevan, from Western Australia’s Kimberly region, and Ms Ronnersjö were at the beginning of a dream holiday to Central and South America when tragedy struck.

The exact circumstances around the accident remain unclear.

According to Nine News, Mr Bevan’s family is planning to find work in Perth so they can continue to be close to him as he recovers.

Ms Ilot wrote in an update to his fundraising page that extra money raised on top of the initial travel expense would contribute to additional treatment “to get this beautiful soul back to living the amazing life he deserves”.

Mr Bevan and Ms Ronnersjö shown together in photos uploaded to social media. Source: Instagram/tovaronnersjo Follow
Mr Bevan and Ms Ronnersjö shown together in photos uploaded to social media. Source: Instagram/tovaronnersjo Follow

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