Australian woman rushed to Perth hospital after horrific Bali bag snatch ordeal

Tom Flanagan
News Reporter

An Australian woman living in Bali has suffered critical head injuries following a terrifying bag snatching ordeal on the holiday island.

Emma Bell, 25, from Byron Bay, had only recently arrived in Indonesia when her bag was grabbed by a passing motorcyclist in the tourist hotspot of Canggu last week while walking alone, Nine News reported.

Her head was the first to strike the road and she was dragged several metres along the road before she fell unconscious.

Emma Bell suffered serious head injuries in the attack. Source: GoFundMe

She suffered a fractured skull and a broken cheek bone which led to bleeding on the brain.

She was rushed to a Balinese hospital where she spent several days in intensive care before being flown to Royal Perth Hospital for emergency surgery on Friday evening with one of Australia’s “best neurologists”, the organiser of a GoFundMe for Ms Bell, Emi Thompson, said.

She is now recovering in the hospital in a serious but stable condition, Nine News reported.

Ms Bell had been "living the dream" in Bali, according to friends. Source: Facebook

Ms Bell had moved to Bali after gaining sponsorship to become a hairdresser.

The GoFundMe page set up to help with her escalating medical expenses as well as her medivac, describes her as “one of the most beautiful souls.”

“She would give all she could if it was someone she knew [who] was in great need of help”.

Ms Bell, who told friends she can’t “remember much” from the incident, is “extremely grateful” for the support she has so far received, Ms Thompson said.

It comes as an Australian father and daughter were injured after they had an iPhone snatched from them in Bali.

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