Bali tourist suffers brain injury in horrific scooter accident

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An American woman is fighting for her life after being found unconscious on the side of a Bali road following a “horrific” scooter accident.

Kaitlyn McCaffery, a travel blogger in her 20s from California, US, was returning to her Bali apartment on July 31 when she was involved in the crash and suffered brutal injuries, her family said on a GoFundMe page.

“Two young men found her on a remote road, alone, unconscious, broken and bleeding. Without their help, she surely would have died,” the family wrote.

The avid traveller is in a coma at a hospital in Denpasar and has suffered a traumatic brain injury along with other serious issues, her family said.

Kaitlyn McCaffery prior to the scooter accident in Bali.
Kaitlyn McCaffery, a travel blogger in her 20s, was found unconscious on the side of a Bali road by two men. Source: GoFundMe

Covid crisis in Indonesia prevents visitors

The entrepreneur, who relocated to Bali with her business partner at the beginning of July, is fighting for her life.

“Due to strict Covid-19 restrictions, the Indonesian government has denied her family’s repeated requests to travel to Bali to be with Kaitlyn,” the GoFundMe reads.

“Thankfully, Kaitlyn has many loving friends who are by her side in Bali and are providing the family with updates around the clock. The family is doing everything they can to get to Bali.”

Indonesia surpassed 100,000 confirmed Covid deaths last week as the country battles the highly-contagious Delta variant.

Kaitlyn McCaffer in a coma in her Denpasar hospital bed.
The avid traveller is in a coma at a hospital in Denpasar and has suffered a traumatic brain injury along with other serious issues. Source: GoFundMe

Fundraising to send injured woman back to US

While Kaitlyn did buy international medical insurance, her family claims the company has refused to pay for the cost to evacuate her to California.

Due to the distance and Covid border closures, the price could reach an estimated US$250,000 (A$340,000).

The family is hoping to raise enough money to move Kaitlyn to a major trauma hospital in Northern California for treatment.

The fundraiser has almost reached USD$185,000.

Haunting Instagram post before scooter crash

Kaitlyn and her business partner Ellie have created a travel product line called Sunfara and posted about their move from the US to Indonesia on Instagram.

They also clued followers in as they settled into their new lives and toured the country. 

In mid July, the women posted a picture of themselves sitting on scooters with helmets on. 

"Vroom vroom! Off we go to work today! This is how we will get all around Bali and we absolutely love it," the photo was captioned alongside a list of road rules. 

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